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Zildjian K Constantinople Hi Bell Cymbals

Zildjian recently sent me a slew of new Hi Bell K Constantinople cymbals to audition–flat rides, thin rides, medium thin rides and a dry ride–plus a pair of hi-hats. These cymbals have a bell modeled after a 100-year-old pair of Zildjian orchestral cymbals, and provide a wider range of frequencies than cymbals with smaller bells. Each of the 20-inch cymbals reviewed here list at $612; the 22-inch cymbals retail for $723 each.

Flat rides are known for their excellent stick sound and reduced sustain and overtones. Zildjian’s new 20- and 22-inch Hi Bell Flat rides live up to those expectations and make for an easy time playing of up-tempo patterns while clearly defining every hit of the stick. Both of these cymbals have noticeable hammering dimples and a slight taper with the main difference between the two being the 22-inch cymbal’s slightly lower pitch and greater sustain. They are excellent overall, with a nice, dry sound and just enough character to keep them from sounding generic.

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