Over the past few decades, the cymbal-making process has become mostly automated. While automation has its advantages, some still favor the more one-of-a-kind nature of handcrafted instruments. Symrna is one of a handful of Turkish companies that strive to uphold centuries-old manufacturing traditions. Symrna’s mission is to produce consistent-sounding cymbals using traditional Turkish methods. In addition to consistency, Symrna aims to offer a variety of cymbals that balance sound and style to complement modern music across genres. For review, we received a sampling of models from the Neoclassic and Araf series, including 14" hi-hats, 18" crashes, 20" rides, 17" Chinas, and 10" splashes. We tested them with Vic Firth 5B and Benny Greb signature sticks, which have a slightly smaller tip for more definition. All of the cymbals were used in a live setting with an alternative rock band with multiple electric guitars and vocals.

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