Cymbal 101

K Constantinople
The legendary "K Con" is the pinnacle of the Zildjian cymbal line, renowned for its perfectly blended sound quality.  Complex hammering contributes to the cymbal's unique sonic identity and dark tones that can be at once cutting and smooth. Made in small batches using a 14-step process, every K Constantinople has its own signature voice.

Kerope
The Kerope line draws from Zildjian's rich history and cymbal making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K recreation to date. These hand crafted cymbals look as they sound – dark and complex. Named in honor of Kerope Zildjian, who presided over one of the most storied periods in Zildjian history, each cymbal is meticulously handcrafted using a 14-step process that encompasses the best of everything we have learned in 390 years of cymbal making.

K Custom
Drawing from the spirit of the legendary K Zildjian range, K Custom cymbals are dark, rich, and dry and enable today's drummers to utilize complex K sounds in a more modern musical environment. They feature traditional K hammering, plus a variety of additional modern hammering techniques that produce unique sonic capabilities. Recommended for modern jazz, studio, country, and medium rock. K Customs are designed with today's diverse music scene in mind.

K Zildjian
K Zildjian cymbals continue to inspire drummers today with their deep, warm, and expressive sounds developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey. Elaborate hammering and lathing techniques work the Zildjian alloy into versatile cymbals that are dark yet well suited for a wide variety of musical genres from jazz to rock.

Avedis
A Avedis cymbals are an extremely versatile set of cymbals that are thin and loose, with a played-in feel and immense musicality. Each cymbal features a patina finish that reproduces the look of a decades-old cymbal.  With broad weight variations among each diameter, selecting an A Avedis cymbal is a unique experience. Gram weights of each cymbal are written underneath the bell.

A Custom
The choice of renowned rock, metal and fusion drummers, A Customs feature a brilliant finish and radical new hammering techniques that deliver a crisp, sweet, sophisticated A Zildjian sound, but with a contemporary feel. A Customs are not too dark and not too bright with a fast response and clean attack. 

A Zildjian
Zildjian’s classic sound is embodied by A Zildjian and immortalized in countless recordings by the greatest drummers of all time. Known for their versatility, these bright cymbals range from paper thin and delicate to extra heavy and cutting. Recent adjustments were made to the curvature and weights of many current models to capture the sweet spot of the classic A sound, producing crashes, rides, and hats that reflect today’s musical styles.

FX
Add exotic colors and character to your sound by experimenting with a variety of innovative effects and accents. 

S Family
Zildjian is proud to introduce a new modern cymbal voice developed after an intensive two year research and design project. Introducing the S Family – a versatile collection of bright and expressive cymbals built with a balanced frequency response, making it suitable for a variety of musical styles. The S Family will redefine your expectations of what a B12 alloy cymbal can deliver.

ZBT
Your introduction to the Zildjian family of cymbals, ZBT (Zildjian Bronze Technology) delivers a bright, intense sound that cuts through the mix. Each ZBT cymbal was created using Zildjian's extensive experience in cymbal making and features extensive lathing with a traditional finish. 

Low Volume
The new L80 Low Volume cymbals are up to 80% quieter than a traditional cymbal without losing the authentic Zildjian feel. They are ideal for small drum lesson rooms, low volume gigs or anywhere you can’t be loud. Play later. Play longer. Play where you want to.

Gen16
Gen16 is a true hybrid system, blending acoustic with electric. It contains Buffed Bronze cymbals, Direct Source Pickups and the powerful Digital Cymbal Processor. Discover a whole new world of cymbal sounds with the Zildjian Gen16 System.

A. Profile
Degree of curvature from the cup to the edge. The profile or “bow” of a cymbal affects its pitch and overtones. Higher profile cymbals will be higher pitch and have fewer overtones. Flatter profile cymbals will be lower in pitch and have more overtones.

B. Taper
Degree to which the cymbal changes in thickness from the cup to the edge. The design of the taper will contribute to the amount of Crash-like or Ride-like qualities in the cymbal.

C. Bell
All other factors being equal, the bell or cup size determines the amount of overtones of ring projected by a cymbal. A larger bell produces more overtones and a longer, full-bodied sound. A smaller bell reduces ring and sustain and provides a more defined stick sound for riding.

D. Ride Area
The center portion of the cymbal. This area doesn’t open up immediately when struck, making pronounced stick tones and patterns.

E. Crash Area
The outer edge where a cymbal responds immediately and where most players strike to produce an instant Crash response.

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