Istanbul Cymbals own
B20 formulation, the most musical alloy ever, Istanbul Agop alloy, is a
traditional Turkish mixture that is the result of many centuries of old
fashioned, hand-crafted cymbal making which has been handed down and refined by
several generations of Master Cymbalsmiths.
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Mel Lewis was Istanbul Agop's first endorser. After
his death in 1990 and with the blessing of his family, Mel's chosen
cymbals were flown back to Istanbul's factory and used as models for
what would become his Signature Series. Every detail of every individual
cymbal has been taken in with exacting detail and replicated by the
hands of Istanbul Agop's cymbalsmiths. These cymbals are our way of
paying tribute to Mel's legacy in the best way we know how.
The most original cymbal Istanbul Agop
ever made. The master cymbalsmith Agop Tumurcuk lived a life dedicated
to hand made craftsmanship and innovation in cymbal design. His small
notebook has so many secrets that he only shared with himself, and these
cymbals are made according to exacting specifications. Crafted with only
the vintage hammers, lathing tools and other equipment from the 1960s,
Istanbul Agop are proud to call these cymbals the Agops. They were the
last project of his life. The Agop Signature Series are extremely dark,
trashy and complex.
The 22" Ride is medium-heavy in weight,
and features an unlathed, brushed underside and special hammering
techniques and which further accentuate the cymbal's dry and dark
The Cindy Blackman OM
Series was designed in conjunction with Cindy to capture the vibier, more
dynamic cymbal sounds for the golden era of Jazz. The 22" ride has a clear,
slightly metallic stick due to the unique blue/black finishing and intense
hammering, and features a dry, trashy crash sound. The 15" Hi Hats are low, dark
and trashy, with a clear click and a dark and mellow wash. Crashes are paper
thin, with an explosive attach and a quick decay. The 20" makes a dynamic, yet
powerful and versatile left side or crash/ride.
The Special Edition
series are designed to capture the desirable qualities of our two most sought
after Jazz cymbals, the Mel Lewis and Agop Signature Series. Combing a unique,
vintage lathing pattern on the top with a very light, Agop Signature style
lathing on the underside with a unique finishing proecss, the Special Edition
Series combines the dark and complex with a slightly smoother high end and woody
The Istanbul Agop Lenny White Signature
"Epoch" Ride was developed in collaboration with Lenny, and heavily
inspired by a ride which was given to Wallace Roney by the late, great
Tony Williams that Lenny used to play while working with Wallace. The
Epoch Crashes feature a deep, warm, but not overly complex crash with a
quick decay due to their flatter profile. The Hi-Hats are heavy and
dark, yet easily controlled and have a very clear and pronounced chick.