Istanbul Agop Signature 23″ Ride Cymbal (Chris Whitten Ride)


Welcome to the dark side…


Istanbul Agop Signature 23″ Ride Cymbal

Istanbul Agop cymbals are the ‘magnum opus’ of the late Agop Tomurcuk, master cymbalsmith and founder of a Istanbul Cymbals. Using a notebook full of a lifetime’s worth of cymbal making alchemy, he set about on what was to be the final project of his life, resulting in the Agop cymbal range.

All of the Agop Ride cymbals with a full bell have lots of dry stick definition with warm and complex overtones. When you fancy taking the music up a notch, these cymbals can deliver a mellow Crash/Ride quality which will sit nicely in medium to loud musical setting. You can hear this Ride in the following video by session legend, Chris Whitten:

(He played for Paul McCartney dontchaknow…)

The raw lathing during the manufacturing process leaves every cymbal with a distinctively coloured  finish and as you would expect, unique sound. Agop’s final achievement after a lifetime spent in cymbal making has culminated in a range of cymbals bearing testament to his early years in the Turkish Zildjian ‘K’ factory. If you’re looking for dark, trashy and atmospheric cymbal sounds, this range holds an Aladdin’s cave of aural delights to explore.

If you are interested in selecting any of the Agop cymbals by weight, please see our hand-picked service page to check availability or call us on 0151 227 3271 to discuss your preferred weights.

The icing on the cake for us though, is the creator’s signature left on the surface. We can remember the first Istanbul cymbals coming into Liverpool around 1981 with their green logo. History has turned full circle as Agop’s final signature cymbal range carries the same coloured stamp as the fledgling Istanbul cymbals. And why is this? Simply because, green was his favourite colour!