REVIEWED: ISTANBUL TURK CYMBAL SET
There are a number of names that come to mind when you think of traditional Turkish cymbals, and you can’t help but think of Istanbul when it comes to handmade cymbals from Turkey. The name itself gives you an idea of the heritage behind this great brand and today it offers not only traditional, but modern cymbals for all types of sound.
REVIEWED: BOSPHERUS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES CYMBALS
Cymbal making is a serious job; when made by master cymbal-smiths it is an involved process, with smelting, casting, tempering, hammering, lathing and more contributing to the design, finish, feel and sound of the cymbal. This company have been following 100% handmade Turkish traditions now for 20 years under the Bosphorus name, having worked and studied with masters working through the 60’s and 70’s.
REVIEWED: MURAT DIRIL SUPERIOR VELVET CYMBALS
So you’re after some top end cymbals. You have taste and you have a certain sound in your head. You’ve always gravitated towards the typical choices for brands but haven’t quite found what you’re looking for. Murat Diril is one of those boutique choices of cymbal maker that may just have the answer for your discerning ears.
REVIEWED: ZILDJIAN AVEDIS CYMBALS
Zildjian are in fine form at the moment, giving nods back to their rich history and taking cues from eras of sound that drummers are constantly striving to find in their own cymbal set ups. When Zildjian released the Kerope range they paid homage to the old K sound - that Jazz sound. Now, they’ve released the new Avedis line in honour of Avedis Zildjian III. Not to be confused with the newly designed A Zildian series – a force in their own right – the new Avedis range is a tip of the hat to the rockers and show bands of old, Zildjian have really created something special.
REVIEWED: ZILDJIAN K CUSTOM SPECIAL DRY CYMBALS
Zildjian introduced the ‘dry’ cymbal concept over ten years ago and for some drummers it’s been their go-to sound ever since. The Special Dry series from the K Custom line was the first real step towards a complete family of dry cymbals. Players flocked to incorporate these cymbals into their set ups and, building upon the success of the initial series, Zildjian have updated, upgraded and re-released the new Special Dry range.
Soultone Custom Brilliant Cymbals
Founded in 2003 by LA Drum shop owner Iki Levy, Soultone’s quality and fresh artist roster has seen the brand earn cult status. Levy developed the cymbals after becoming frustrated with quality control issues in other brands. He states, “The blend of the metals we use is our own process that employs a balance of proper weight and tone properties. This creates the real difference between Soultone cymbals and any other brand.” Whatever he’s doing, It works.
Zildjian S Family Cymbals
For years, the famous Zildjian name has maintained a certain family of cymbal lines and we know them well. It’s not often that Zildjian introduce a totally new line, so let me be the first to introduce you to the S family. The research and development team at Zildjian have spent two years on the S project – a mission designed to take the B12 alloy (88% copper, 12% tin) and see what was possible. The goal was to discontinue the ZHT line and fill the void in the range with a far, far superior product that even the pros would want to get their hands on. Not to give anything away, but the S cymbals are in another league to ZHT. The price however, is in the same range. Interested? You should be.
Zildjian A Flash Splash
Avedis Zildjian – where it all started. The A Line of Zildjian cymbals have been a staple for so many drummers for years. They’ve always been here – amongst the darker and perhaps more exotic Ks, as well as their close cousins the A Customs. Through it all, the As have remained a fantastic and natural all-rounder and a great place to start when you get into the realm of cast cymbals. They’ve added a really interesting set of splashes to the family and they’re called Flash Splashes. When the A line was re-engineered in recent years, the response was incredible and I was one of the converted. Zildjian had managed to refine an already good sound and offered some truly cracking models. So when they announce any new cymbal model, everyone pays attention.