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Zildjian at NAMM Show '11

New releases and highlights

Zildjian introduced some exciting new products across all lines this year at the NAMM Show. If you missed the show, don't worry, we've got you covered! We've got all the product info for you below - plus more on the way! You can also follow us on our official Facebook and Twitter pages for even more content.

New Cymbal Releases:

Zildjian 21 New Z3 Ultra Hammered Chinas - 19" and 21"
Designed to explode with penetrating sound, the two China models feature new inverted "volcano" bells and extensive hammering, producing a sound that is trashier than their 18” and 20” Z3 China counterparts. Available in 19" and 21" models, these will surely add some extra meat to your setup.

Watch a sneak peak of the new Z3 Ultra Hammered Chinas here.

New-and-Improved Swish Knocker
Zildjian’s newly designed 22” A Zildjian Swish Knocker, which features a smoother and sweeter “knock,” was inspired by the model Mel Lewis and his orchestra made famous at the Village Vanguard. The new A Zildjian Swish Knocker, which replaces the original model, has a slightly higher profile and a less curved cup. It also features 20 rivets and a legendary A Zildjian traditional finish.

Watch a sneak-peak of the brand-new 22" A Zildjian Swish Knocker.

Gen16's Acoustic Electric Cymbal
One of the biggest stories at this year's NAMM Convention is the debut of Gen16 AE (Acoustic Electric) Cymbal. While electronic drums and percussion have been around for years, the AE Cymbal is a completely new twist that uses established technology to create essentially a completely new instrument. "The Acoustic Electric Cymbal is capable of creating a wide range of sounds, from that of a classic Zildjian cymbal to some very non-traditional sounds," explains Zildjian's VP of New Business & Product Development, John Roderick. "For drummers, it will have an inspirational impact akin to what the acoustic electric guitar has done for guitarists."

Unlike most existing electronic percussion systems, the AE Cymbal is not a sample trigger device. Instead, it's an actual cymbal, and plays like one, but at reduced volume levels, utilizing a unique dual microphone and DSP engine to amplify and model the cymbal's output.

We'll have much more info on the new AE cymbals soon. For images and more info, you can go here.

Zildjian Professional CrotalesNew Orchestral Releases – Crotales, Accessories, and more
After years of research, Zildjian is proud to announce the release of its Professional Crotales at the NAMM 2011 Show on January 13-16. Made with Zildjian’s famous 80% copper/20% tin content bronze alloy, each note is hand selected for sustain, vibrato speed, and vibrato prominence. Once selected, the sets are sonically matched to the highest standards to produce an instrument that is cohesive and balanced throughout both octaves. Each note’s hub size is proportionally scaled to provide greater sustain, especially in the high octave. Tuned to A-442, they are available in sonically matched high, low, and two octave sets.

Zildjian’s new and improved Crotale Bar is ber than ever. A sturdy duel mounting system allows players to use almost any conventional cymbal stand. The low octave “C natural” mount is now removable to allow for a seamless set up when both octaves are played side by side which means no more double middle Cs! The player also has the option of stacking the octaves by simply putting the “C” mount back on.

Zildjian is also unveiling a new Crotale accessory at the NAMM 2011 show. Made from weather resistance synthetic nylon, the Zildjian Deluxe Crotale Carrying Bag offers greater protection and accommodates both old and new Zildjian Crotale Bars.

The new Zildjian Russet Leather Cymbal Handles offer a sturdy and full feel for use by both student and professional players. Made from b synthetic leather to reduce tearing and fraying, they come in a natural color and can be paired with the new Zildjian Russet Leather Pads. The pads are smaller (3.5” in diameter) to reduce muffling, yet they’re large enough to protect the player’s hands.

Designed in conjunction with Thomas “Buddy” Hofs, percussionist with the Stuttgart State Theater, the Zildjian Philharmonic Cymbal Straps are professional quality in every respect. Unlike other cymbal straps, they offer an exceptionally comfortable feel, greater control, and enhanced cymbal sustain. Made from high grade chamois and nylon webbing, these straps may also be used on the Zildjian Cymbal Arm for cymbal suspension.

New Zildjian Drumstick Models:

More exciting specialty sticks have been released, including the Super 7A Nylon, Super 7A Wood, 5A Blue Nylon, 5A Blue Wood, 5B Blue Nylon, 5B Blue Wood, and the Dennis Chambers Signature Artist Series with a new nylon tip. Longer than the traditional 7A series, the Super 7A’s perfect balance and round wood or nylon tips deliver bright cymbal tones. The new 5A and 5B Blue feature a new vibrant finish on two of Zildjian’s most popular drumsticks. All three sticks are made with 100% American hickory and come with wood or nylon tips.

Dennis Chambers, famous for recording with musical greats Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, collaborated with Zildjian several years ago to develop his own signature drumstick. Expanding on his bestselling wood tip model, Zildjian has introduced a new Dennis Chambers stick featuring a mini round nylon tip with a brilliant black finish. Like the original tip model, the new Dennis Chambers stick is made of 100% hickory.

Zildjian Gear Extras - Neon ClockDrum Accessories:

New Zildjian accessories announced today include Travis Barker and Tré Cool ultimate practice pads in 6 inch and 12 inch sizes. The pads feature original artwork, a responsive playing surface, a solid base, and an 8mm mounting insert that enables easy attachment to a cymbal stand.

Five new hats, a gong set, a clock, and a bar stool round out the new offerings in the Zildjian Gear line up.

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