The founder of Istanbul Agop and master cymbalsmish Agop Tomurcuk lived a life of dedication to hand made craftsmanship and innovation in cymbal design. His small notebook contained a lifetime of cymbal making secrets and ideas destined for the eventual creation of this series, the last project of his life. The Agop Signature Series are extremely dark, trashy, dry and complex.
Dry strick definition with warm and complex overtones. Mellow crashride capabilities.
AGOP FLAT RIDE
Ultra dark sound with dry, controlled wash.
Paper thin, dark, dry, controlled wash.
Extremely dry and dark, crisp "chick" sound.
Exotic and dark. Full sounding china sound.
The Mantra series plays perfect counterpart to Cindy's OM series. Adding higher volume, and greater attack, while still maintaining a musical balance of warm overtones. Great for situations which require greater projection and cut that still require a rich, dark sound.
15” Hi Hats
The Idris Muhammad Signature Ride was developed in collaboration with Idris. The unlathed bottom, special hammering technequies and thick bell gives this Idris' ride all of the dynamic range and musicality that Idris himself is famous for.
Designed to stand out both in the studio and live, Joey's Signature ride employs lighter, more even hammering, a medium weight and finer lathing to achieve a clear and focused stick sound. When crashed the attack is glassy and focused with an even and balanced decay.The new 14” Hi Hats offer a very well defined, and articulate chic/stick, while presenting a nice mellow wash when played open.
The Istanbul Agop Lenny White Signature "Epoch" Ride was developed in collaboration with Lenny and heavily inspired by a ride which was given to Wallace Roney by the late, great Tony Williams that Lenny used to play while working with Wallace. The Epoch Crashes feature a deep, warm, but not overly complex crash with a quick decay due to their flatter profile. The Hi-hats are heavy and dark, yet easily controlled and have a very clear and pronounced chick.
Mel Lewis was our first endorser. After his death in 1990 and with his blessing of his family, Mel's chosen cymbals were flown back to our factory and used as models for what would become his signature series. Every detail of evry individual cymbal has been taken in with exacting detail and replicated by the hands of our cymbalsmiths. These cymbals are our way of paying tribute to Mel's legacy in the best wa we know how.
21" & 22" Dark and warm and buttery with a woody stick definition. A true classic sound.
20.5" A full sounding ride with warm, lush was and woody stick definition.
CRASH RIDE 19"
Dry crash qualities. Clear stick definition with subtle dark overtones.
1982 CRASH RIDE 18"
Clear stick definition. The flatter profile gives this ride a deeper crash.
Warm, full bodies sound. Soft, washy and buttery.
1982 HI-HATS 13"
Washy sound with an airy chick.