Istanbul cymbals are possibly the closest cymbals to sound like the original Turkish cymbals that the Zildjian family used to make in the early 20th century. If you were a reader of ‘Modern Drummer’ in the 1980’s, you will remember seeing Istanbul cymbals entering the American market and being taken up by Mel Lewis and Elvin Jones, both Zildjian players. You will also remember the strange signatures of Agop & Mehmet on every Istanbul cymbal of that period!
These days, Istanbul cymbals have a much expanded range of models with that definitive Turkish sound. So, if you’re looking for a real alternative to produce that old Turkish Zildjian sound, Istanbul will give you that sound.