This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the June 2016 issue, which is available here.
Jazz Master and Valena Series Cymbals
A tribute to the tradition and a creative push forward.
Masterwork, an Istanbul-based manufacturer founded in 2002, specializes in making cymbals using ancient Turkish traditions combined with contemporary tools and techniques. The company offers fourteen different series made from B25 bronze (75% copper and 25% tin). We were sent a slew of samples from half a dozen series, but we’re going to take a look at two lines that represent the wide range of sounds Masterwork offers: the dark, warm Jazz Master and the brighter and more aggressive—yet no less expressive—Valena.
For the complete review, check out the June 2016 issue, which is available here.