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.
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.