Rhythm and Soul Series Cymbals
by Kyle Andrews
Turkish is a company based in Istanbul that makes all of its cymbals from scratch. It begins with a proprietary bronze formula and casts each cymbal blank in house. On its website Turkish proudly boasts, “There are no factory seconds. If a cymbal bears our logo, it has attained perfection.” Up for review this month are the company’s Rhythm and Soul series cymbals. We were sent a pair of 14″ hi-hats, 16″ and 18″ crashes, and 20″ and 22″ rides.
The unique finish of the Rhythm and Soul (R&S) line is the result of a quick acid bath and very light lathing. This gives the cymbals a bright, but not brilliant, color and leaves behind the pits of the hammer marks for a slightly raw appearance. The entire surface of the cymbal is hammered, save the bell, which is sparsely lathed on top and totally unlathed underneath. These models sport a low-profile bell and a fairly shallow bow, which contributes to their strong stick definition and dry wash. They are in the medium-light range and have a decent amount of flex. The hi-hats have a slightly steeper bell and a more dramatic bow, which gives them a somewhat brighter character, and they’re proportionally heavier and less flexible than the rides and crashes.
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