This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the June 2016 issue, which is available here.

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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.

Michael Dawson
For the complete review, check out the June 2016 issue, which is available here.


June 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Peter Erskine