Crafted with a blend of traditional and modern hammering techniques to enrich and darken the vintage sound.
Plenty of give, texture, and "crashability." Combination of top articulation and bottom spread provides excellent stick articulation. Higher in pitch.
K Constantinople cymbals speak with the dark warm sound associated with Zildjian cymbals made in Turkey in the first half of the 20th Century. "Old Ks" first resurfaced during the 1950s and 1960s in set-ups of bebop era vanguard drummers like Elvin Jones. K Constantinoples are hand-lathed by skilled artisans using old-style cutting tools. Pits and other surface impurities, that modern finishing processes remove, are retained, preserving the original tonal quality.
The 22" Zildjian K Constantinople Over-Hammered Thin Ride has not only been subjected to Zildjian's traditional K Con hammering for a good wash and spread, but also to a random over-hammering. Over-hammered cymbals receive additional hammer strikes after they are lathed. This is visually apparent and aids in giving these cymbals a slightly drier sound and controllability as well as excellent stick definition. This ride has a dark overall sound with rich overtones. Features 22"-diameter Dark, dry, and controllable sound More Info »
The 22" Zildjian K Constantinople Bounce Ride was designed in conjunction with legendary jazz drummer Kenny Washington, who is known for his vintage K cymbal sound. This medium-thin ride cymbal has excellent stick bounce. It has more pronounced tonal grooves than other models, which produces a controlled sustain and decay. Zildjian utilized traditional K Constantinople hammering techniques and augmented the design of this cymbal with eight groups of clustered hammering, giving each ride its own unique sonic characteristics. Features 22"-diameter More Info »
Dark, warm, lush, gorgeous. Re-creates the classic "old K" sound with the same dry overtones and smooth decay similar to the ride cymbals that have proved so popular. Fast, full-bodied response with an exceptional vintage feel.
This special effects crash cymbal has a unique set of laser generated "cut outs" that allow it to produce a quick, dry, and trashy sound used for accenting and punctuating. The brilliant finish makes this "must have" shimmer like any A Custom.
Light, crisp, subtle, very colorful. Delicate stick sound with clean "chick." Developed with the assistance of Vinnie Colaiuta, A Customs are made using radical rotary hammering techniques, thin weights, and a striking, brilliant finish for crisp, sweet, sophisticated sound.
You'll find the Zildjian A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hat Pair the crispest, cleanest hats you've ever played. Featuring the same crisp, rich, and colorful sounds associated with the A Custom range, with a bolder, clearer "chick" sound and full-bodied overall sound. Developed with the assistance of Vinnie Colaiuta, A Custom cymbals are made using radical rotary hammering techniques, thin weights, and a striking, brilliant finish for crisp, sweet, sophisticated sound.
The Zildjian K Custom Ride Cymbal uses completely unlathed crafting to provide bright, clean stick definition; loud bell; and dark overtones. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker attack and decay than traditional K Zildjians.
Good stick definition, clear bell, and warm undertones with an unlathed underside. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker attack and decay than traditional K Zildjians.
Ultra-dry stick sound with some dry undertones. Totally unlathed and unpolished. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker attack and decay than traditional K Zildjians. The Custom Special Dry Rides are noted for their clean stick sound and dark overtones.
The K Custom Hybrid series is another innovative and musical line developed in conjunction with Akira Jimbo, a leading drum stylist. The Hybrids combine the unlathed, brilliant finish of the K Custom Ride on the inner half with the traditionally finished K Zildjian lathing on the outer half of the cymbal. This results in the possibility of two different sound dynamics depending where the cymbal is played. Additionally, the unlathed section helps to control the wash and sustain, rendering them More Info »
The K Custom Session Cymbal delivers a more controlled sound that is lower in pitch but has enough spread to ride on top of the music. Unlathed, with a brilliant finish.
Combines a warm, dry stick sound with a lush, dark, dry, warm, and full-bodied crash sound, ideal for accents. Provides both these sought-after qualities in a single, unlathed, and extra-hammered but thin cymbal design. Ideal for electric and acoustic jazz. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker attack and decay than traditional K Zildjians.
Peter Erskine isn't the only drummer who considers Ks the holy grail of Ride sounds. But he considers the Left Side Ride "the perfect combination of spread and precision - the cymbal I've been looking for all my life." A compliment to his Crash and a "best friend" to his Ride, the Left Side Ride has the familiar warmth and clarity of his other Ks but adds a new distinctive sound.
Designed with Terri Lyne Carrington, speaks with great definition and enough tone to balance its dryness. Reminiscent of old Ks or Constantinoples, it is at home in electric or acoustic situations.
Beautifully mellow, dry sound. Darker than regular K Flat Top Ride but significantly drier, creating a cymbal with a lot of character and a very interesting sound. There is no bell on this cymbal.
The versatile Zildjian K Custom Dark Crash Cymbal puts out warm, rich sound that cuts through and sings out. Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and scores more musical movers have sworn by the deep, dry, shimmering K sound developed in 19th century Turkey. Unique crash with dry, trashy overtones. Fast response with very quick decay. Speaks quickly, then dies. Very dark and full-bodied. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker More Info »
The K Custom Session Crash Cymbal was designed with Steve Gadd and features his distinctive cymbal sound. Gadd worked with the Zildjian Sound Lab for several years to reproduce the classic and sought-after sound of his cymbals. The crashes are light in weight and have a low, dark sound with a quick decay. Like Steve himself, Zildjian's K Custom Session cymbals are versatile enough for any playing and recording situation. Features Designed with Steve Gadd, featuring his distinctive cymbal sound More Info »