Zildjian Cymbals, who became the most talked company among drummers at last year's NAMM show with their ground-breaking Gen16 Acoustic Electric Cymbal System, will introduce thirteen new models at the upcoming Winter NAMM 2012 show next week. Here's a preview of some of these new models.
A Custom 21" anniversary ride Zildjian is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their A Custom cymbal line with the launch of the new 21 inch Anniversary Ride, available in 2012 only.
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the A Custom line, a cream-white logo and special trademark have been added to the cymbal.
The new 21 inch size is versatile, making it well suited for all types of musical settings.
According to Zildjian, the medium weight ride cymbal has a crisp, sweet sound and its loud, penetrating bell is also ideal for Latin patterns.
Three new K Constantinoples models Zildjian is also introducing three new cymbals to its line of K Constantinoples: 15 and 17 inch crashes plus a 19 inch crash ride. These three sizes compliment the 16 and 18 inch crash cymbals currently in the product line.
These retro Zildjian cymbals feature a new hammering technique, an additional pin lathe on the top and bottom, and new vintage style cups on the 15 inch and 17 inch models.
These new features are said to allow the cymbals to maintain the dark, expressive character of the K Constantinople line with lots of overtones and nuances.
Two new K Constantinople rides Sticking with the K Constantinople line, Zildjian will laos introduce two new Ride Cymbals: the 22 inch Renaissance Ride and 20 inch Bounce Ride.
The 22 inch K Constantinople Renaissance Ride is developed in conjunction with renowned jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum.
This cymbal features smoother lathing on both sides and a bell that is unlathed underneath, adding stick definition to the instrument. Three rows of over hammering and four large hammer clusters are said to give it a dark spread with overtones and a bit of "trash".
The new 20 inch K Constantinople Bounce Ride, a smaller version of the popular 22 inch model launched in 2010, was developed in conjunction with Kenny Washington.
According to the cymbal manufacturer, it features traditional K Constantinople hammering and eight unique cluster hammer marks on top that add just enough "dirt" to the sound.
The new 20 inch model has more pronounced lathing and tonal grooves to produce plenty of dark wash and sustain.