The Lale Kardeş signature models are medium-thin cymbals meant to deliver big, warm sounds that open up fully at all dynamics. They’re finely lathed and extensively hammered from the edge to the bell. The 20″ crash and 22″ and 24″ rides feature wide, flat bells. The 18″ crash has a smaller bell. Both the crashes and the rides have a very soft, flexible feel.
The 15″ hi-hats are firmer than the crashes and rides and have smaller, steeper bells. The top hi-hat has deeper and more uniform hammer marks, while the bottom is treated more subtly.
The Kardeş hi-hats feature a medium-thin top over a medium-heavy bottom. The large diameter contributes to their dark quality, but they have plenty of weight to produce big, washy open tones, clean closed strokes, and wide-sounding foot chicks. They have a crispy, silvery timbre that adds a nice amount of high-end sheen and presence. I found these hi-hats to be surprisingly expressive while also possessing plenty of power and projection. These would be a great choice for blues, rock, and session drummers looking for large all-purpose hi-hats that are neither too clunky for light playing nor too papery to cut through at high volumes.
18“ and 20“ Crashes
Both Kardeş crashes produce warm yet brilliant tones that open up fully when hit lightly and explode when struck hard. The sustain is rich, washy, and balanced, with no single overtone dominating any others. The 18″ has a brighter attack, smoother sustain, and quicker decay, while the 20″ has a slower attack and a darker and slightly more complex sustain. Both crashes have excellent ride potential, especially when used as crash-rides, and the bells offer nicely integrated and musical tones. Like the hi-hats, these crashes would be great choices for any situation requiring large, rich, and smooth tones.
22“ and 24“ Rides
The rides in this series are weighted slightly heavier than the crashes, so they don’t flex quite as much. But they complement the crashes very well, producing big, washy sounds with a bit more articulation and stronger bell tones. The 22″ has a breathier sustain and a quicker crash, which makes it the ideal choice for simple setups requiring a dual-purpose crash-ride. The 24″ has a deeper bell tone and a darker but more articulate ping. You can elicit massive, washy crashes from it as well, which supported more aggressive playing styles. Of all the cymbals in this series, the 24″ ride was the one that echoed the warm, energetic sound of ’60s/’70s rock most clearly, especially when played on an oversized vintage-style kit. But all of the models possessed a level of richness and expressivity not often found in factory-fresh cymbals.