This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the January 2017 issue, which is available here.

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Istanbul Mehmet

Sahra and Kirkor Signature Rides

Dark, warm tones with varying degrees of dryness.

The Istanbul cymbal company was originally established by veteran cymbalsmiths Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk to provide traditional-style Turkish cymbals that were made using centuries-old processes. When Agop passed away, the company split into two separate entities: Istanbul Mehmet and Istanbul Agop. Each boasts a dense catalog of top-quality instruments for a wide range of sounds, whether echoing classic designs or pushing the envelope with more contemporary concepts. Mehmet recently added two 22″ rides to its Signature series, the Sahra and Kirkor, which balance the dark, nuanced sounds of traditional Turkish cymbals with the control and clarity required by today’s drummer. Let’s check them out.

Michael Dawson
For the complete review, check out the January 2017 issue, which is available here.

January 2017 issue featuring Chris Dave