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Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Cymbals

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There are new additions to the Avedis Zildjian Company’s K Custom Hybrid Series, the award-winning line designed with Japanese drummer Akira Jimbo. A fusion specialist, Jimbo said in a press release that “brilliance and darkness co-exist” in his 21st-century offshoot of the modern K Custom Series, which updated the historic K Zildjians.

The K line was originally developed in Turkey by Kerope Zildjian in the 19th century, and became the company’s signature jazz item during the 20th century. Drummers like Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams simmered on K hi-hats, crashes and rides, helping to write jazz history while using the cymbals’ dark, expressive tones.

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