New Crash, New Crush

Josh reviews his new ride cymbal by Heartbeat Percussion.

I’ve recently purchased some new cymbals and I wanted to share. I’m now using HeartBeat cymbals and I’ve fallen in love. 

Sweet Ride

I have played this brand before as we have them at my church, and the series we have there compares well to Zildijan's K Light series. Ever since I played the ones at church I’ve wanted a set for myself. Some of you may have noticed that my 24” K Light has had a crack in it for some time now, so I was in need of a new ride. I’ve recently had the opportunity to go on tour with up-and-coming artist Austin French. We’ll be out with Casting Crowns and Zach Williams this spring, starting later this month. With this opportunity, I’ve been playing a different setup (which I’ll have to post about in a separate blog) but I really only use one cymbal other than my hats. There's no way I would take a cracked cymbal on tour, so I decided to purchase a new ride.

Big Sound

I wanted my hats to match the same brand so I bought some of those as well. Since this tour is an arena tour, I wanted to create big sound that would carry. I went with a 24” ride and 18” hats (yes EIGHT-TEEN). I got a 24” Custom Dry ride that really opens up into a wash and you don’t have to play it hard at all. There were certain crash sounds that I was wanting to match in addition to some huge grooves like in “Born Again,” in which I wanted a big washy hat sound, so Noel from HeartBeat suggested an 18” Epic paired with an 18” Jazz series to make the hats.

If you’re looking for some new cymbals, check out HeartBeat Percussion online and listen to their sound clips. They’re a great company looking to serve worship drummers and their customer service is above anyone else. 


This well-rounded combo has a great sounding body with good definition. I couldn’t be more happy with the way these cymbals sound alone as well as paired together to make the set. I can't wait to take them on tour, share them with y'all in my song lessons, and play a ride with no cracks!

Josh Ward is a versatile drummer of 18 years and heavily involved with the worship team at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He is a husband to Rosie, dad to Amos and drum instructor for

New Crash, New Crush

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New ride here too

I purchased just before Easter a Heartbeat 22" Classic Light Ride. It is just what I was looking for. I'm an old school drummer who has had heavier rides for 40 years. This new washy ride sound is something different and this cymbal handles it perfectly.

I now have three of their cymbals and couldn't be happier. I've always been a Zildjian guy but I'm all in on the Heartbeat stuff.