Istanbul Traditional Dark Hi-Hat Cymbals


Thin weight with a darker, lower pitched, controlled open sound & a fatter, softer response when closed…


Istanbul Traditional Dark Hi-Hat Cymbals


Discover the allure of the Istanbul Traditional Dark Hi-Hat Cymbals, where heritage meets innovation under the hammer of the cymbal-smiths. These cymbals, the thinnest weights of the Traditional Series Hi-Hats, offer a darker, lower-pitched sound when played open, contrasting with a fatter, softer response in the closed position.

Renowned for their ‘buttery’ tones, these cymbals offer a unique blend of warmth and control, making them a delight to play. Hear the richness of their sound in action in the following videos…

Istanbul Traditional 14in Dark Hi-Hats

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Thanks to the Wood & Leather Drum Shop’s YouTube channel for sharing this. (Wood & Leather….sounds like a Frankie Goes to Hollywood B-Side.)

Istanbul Traditional 15in Dark Hi-Hats

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Thanks to the Memphis Drum Shop for sharing this one. We love a nice pair of fifteens.

Istanbul Traditional 16in Dark Hi-Hats

Getting scary now with Crash cymbal sizes but…

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Yesssir! Sixteens do it for us and thanks to Nashville’s Nelson Drum Shop YouTube channel for this one.

Istanbul Traditional 17in Dark Hi-Hats

We’re gonna get all Steve Jordan on your ass now…

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Back to those Memphis boyos for these beasts. You gotta have the ballz to take on these.

Any pair of these Traditional Dark Hi-Hats from Istanbul are so, so….buttery! You can hear the dairy fat dripping off the metal – so men of a certain age – just don’t be playing them before a cholesterol test…

Supersize my Hi-Hats!

In a world where drummers are opting for larger diameter cymbals, Istanbul meets the demand with options ranging from standard 14 inches up to 17 inches in diameter, ensuring you find the perfect pair for your setup. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or a heavy-metal enthusiast, these cymbals adapt effortlessly to any style, thanks to their classic design and fully lathed construction.

But Istanbul doesn’t stop at tradition – they continue to push boundaries, catering to the evolving needs of modern drummers. The Traditional Series cymbals explore the darkest, most responsive sounds, providing endless possibilities for musical expression.

Istanbul Legacy

Founded by Mehmet Tamdeğer and Agop Tomurcuk, Istanbul Cymbals pay homage to the city’s rich cymbal-making legacy. With decades of experience, these master cymbal-smiths bring craftsmanship and innovation together, ensuring that each Istanbul cymbal carries the essence of quality and tradition. Istanbul’s Traditional Series cymbal sound is suited for pretty much every style of music imaginable. The classic concept of these fully lathed cymbals has proven its value throughout the years, from the earliest Jazz drummers and Be-Bop pioneers, right up to modern Heavy-Metal players.

Never resting on their laurels, Istanbul Traditional cymbals continue to evolve, developing and providing the sounds for the needs of the cutting-edge stylistic revolutionary players. Traditional Series cymbals continue to explore the musical possibilities derived from the darkest, responsive and pleasingly controllable cymbal sounds.

Embrace the legacy of Istanbul cymbals and join the ranks of drummers who choose Istanbul for their musical journey.