Cymbals have been played to add color and effects to music as far back as the 14th century. Since being used by soldiers during the Ottoman Empire, there has been a Turkish tradition of handmade cymbals which continues today with Istanbul Agop, a company founded in the 1980s to carry on a long family history in cymbals. Over the years, this cymbalsmith has refined its cymbal-making process to become a leader in the industry, now exporting to percussionists all over the globe. Whether you're looking for fat-sounding hi-hats, rides with classic, woody stick definition or crashes with longer sustain, there are many terrific options among these Istanbul Agop medium weight cymbals that deserve a look.
If you play a lot of different styles of music, the Istanbul Agop Xist Crash Cymbal is a versatile choice that delivers bright, explosive attack, full crash and warmth. One of these professional-sounding crashes is a great addition to your kit, especially when you're on an amateur's budget. Or, for the seasoned jazz drummer, the Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Ride Cymbal is an impressive upgrade that brings a curated look to your setup and lets you create some really interesting sounds. Each one is different since they're handmade, and the vintage-inspired design is thin yet rugged looking with its many hammer marks and special patina. Ideal when you're after an authentic jazzy sound, classic big-band style or subtle Latin effects, this 20-inch ride produces incredibly deep, rich tone; definitive sticking and a dark, complex roar.
Cymbals add texture and pizzazz to your music, so of course there are many different ones available. Your choice of crash, ride or hi hats will depend on individual factors such as your playing style, musical genre and the effects that you want to create. Istanbul Agop is a world-famous company steeped in history with an extensive catalogue of medium weight cymbals and plenty of variations to help you find that unique voice for your drum kit.
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