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Meinl Byzance Jazz Cymbals

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Any line of cymbals with the word “jazz” in its name, like the 2007 Meinl Byzance Jazz series, brings with it certain expectations. These include tones that are deep, rich, warm, medium-pitched and dark-and at a volume that doesn’t bury other acoustic instruments in a traditional jazz setting. These are traits of the Zildjian K series, innovated by Kerope Zildjian in 19th-century Turkey and played by iconic jazz drummers like Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Art Blakey.

Even though Meinl’s new line launched nearly 200 years later, several of the German company’s hand-hammered, individually cast bronze alloy cymbals merit comparison. The Byzance cast line debuted in 2001, so the heated-and-rolled creations are still relative fledglings, even in comparison to Meinl’s previous sheet-stamped cymbals.

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