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.
Istanbul Mehmet Ride Cymbals
Istanbul. In many ways, the mere mention of this place makes drummers go weak at the knees. Many of my drummer friends have been fortunate enough to visit Turkey to visit the birthplace of the cymbals we know and love, returning with some true crackers to add to their collection. Here, in Melbourne, I had the chance to check out two ride cymbals from Istanbul Mehmet – a manufacturer that, through it all, has been making cymbals and bearing the name of the city that started the cymbal game. Today we’re looking at the Istanbul Mehmet 20” Mikhail Z Tribute Ride and the Mehmet Tamdeger 60th Anniversary Ride – both of which are worth a look I can assure you.
Zildjian 20” A Custom Projection Crash
Drummers in search of high volume, balance and face melting properties all in one crash cymbal; your prayers have been answered. Back by popular demand is the immense 20” A Custom Projection Crash. The A Custom line of cymbals were an instant hit years ago when Vinnie Colaiuta teamed up with Zildjian to explore the idea of the standard A series and moving them into a newer direction. As the story goes, when Vinnie contacted Zildjian with the idea, they actually had a similar idea, and so the A Custom line was born.
Khazan Bullet Series Cymbal Pack
Khazan have been on the scene for some years now providing drummers of all levels with affordable and interesting options for cymbals. In fact, for a beginner, there’s really very little else that can compare with Khazan on bang for buck. For the non-beginner, there are some cool sounds to cater for the individual with a keen ear, but still on a budget. Today, we’re looking at the entry-level range of cymbals called Bullet, and they’re available in packs.
Dream Vintage Bliss Cymbals
Dream have been making a stir over recent years, coming out with rather serious cymbals at a very competitive price. One of the most popular choices was the Bliss line and due to the success and response from drummers, Dream thought they’d focus some energy into a distinct sound that came from the interest sparked from the first and early prototypes. They’re now part of regular production and they’re called Vintage Bliss.
Kahzan Splash Cymbals
Kahzan Cymbals should be well known amongst drummers around the country by now. Based in Melbourne, they’ve been offering great value for money, handmade cymbals for some time now and what they offer is fantastic at their price point. Two of the most successful lines are the Tribal and the Vintage and now, there are some new splashes.
DREAM CYMBALS BLISS 22” GORILLA RIDE
A relatively new cymbal company, Dream Cymbals and Gongs are made in the famed Wuhan region of China and managed and partnered in Canada. Their line of cymbals and gongs has started to make inroads into a market that’s been quite settled for some time, with a fairly established set of manufacturers. Now with a growing list of endorsing artists worldwide and some impressive business initiatives, Dream look to be a company on the up.