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Istanbul Mehmet Legend Cymbals

When I envision the perfect-sounding set of traditional jazz cymbals, my aural senses home in on a soft-metal alloy, hand-hammered to create a sensuous wash of sound. This sound must also include a sweetly defined stick articulation. The key element for this set of dream cymbals is for each cymbal to have similar characteristics of sound and feel and maintain that sultry spread of subtle overtones that define most emotionally stirring, traditional-jazz cymbal stylings.

It’s nearly impossible to find such a perfect set of cymbals in today’s mass-produced, prefabricated era. But Turkey’s Istanbul Mehmet has maintained the integrity and craftsmanship of the handmade, hand-hammered cymbal manufacturing process. Its Legend Series cymbals sound as true to the perfect-sounding set of traditional-jazz cymbals as you will find anywhere.

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