VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Bosphorus Lyric Series Cymbals (From the September 2014 Issue)

by Dylan Wissing

The new Lyric series from the Turkish company Bosphorus was designed in close collaboration with modern jazz heavyweight Ari Hoenig. For those not yet introduced, Hoenig has a fiercely individual approach to jazz drumming, which is borne out in the character of this cymbal set.

The Lyric series consists of a 23″ ride, a 21″ sizzle ride with three rivets, and 14″ hi-hats. Gorgeous hand hammering and lathing are evident on all of the cymbals, creating visually beautiful instruments.

It took a little while for me to figure out how the cymbals worked as a set, mainly because of the substantial difference in weight between the rides and hi-hats. Both ride cymbals are quite thin and bendable, and they possessed the characteristic edge wobble of classic thin rides. The hi-hats, however, are almost what I would consider a “rock” weight, as both top and bottom are stiff and heavy—certainly not your garden-variety jazz cymbals. Advertisement

For more on the Bosphorus Lyric Series cymbals, check out the complete review in the September 2014 issue of Modern Drummer, available here.