When Zildjian cymbal smiths accepted the challenge to recreate the classic “old K” cymbal sound from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they knew it would be no easy feat. After all, the original K cymbals developed by Kerope Zildjian were—and still are—extremely popular with jazz musicians today. You can even count ex-Beatle Ringo Starr as a fan!
Zildjian craftsmen flat out exceeded their expectations with the creation of the K Constantinople series. They succeeded in faithfully reproducing that lusciously dark, warm and gorgeous sound, blending it with the dry overtones and smooth decay that Ks are known for. The crashes themselves call out with a fast, full-bodied response that punctuates and energizes any type of modern music.
Although the 16” and 18” K Constantinople crashes arrive fresh and new, they have the look and feel of a handmade Zildjian K cymbal from back in the day, complete with pits and other imperfections that are intentionally left behind. The crashes are purposely made that way by Zildjian craftsmen in an effort to recreate the distinct sound and tonal complexities, all while staying completely true to the original K sound. Instead of modern machinery, these dedicated artisans use old-style cutting tools to create each and every cymbal from a secret cast bronze alloy formula. Extensive hammering marks, hand-lathed detail and a traditional finish complete the vintage look.