Inspired by the original K Zildjian cymbals produced in Turkey in the early 1900s by Kerope Zildjian, K Constantinople cymbals speak with the same warm, dark sound as their predecessors, while adding a generous degree of pleasing overtones and wash. The two medium rides in 20” and 22” sizes kick things up a notch with their bolder, more emphasized and articulate stick sound. Plus, the louder, brighter response makes them relevant and instantly gratifying for whatever style of music you’re into.
The original K cymbals found huge popularity with jazz drummers in the 50s and 60s, and the K Constantinople line continues that tradition, accenting the drum kits of many a jazz artist today like Elvin Jones and Nate Smith. Of course, K Constantinoples also appeal to drummers who sit at the kit of a rock, pop or alternative band, too.
Faithfully recreating the cast bronze cymbal-making experience of yesteryear, K Constantinoples take on the handmade appearance of older Zildjian cymbals. They are extensively hand-lathed and covered with hundreds of deep hammering marks by Zildjian cymbal smiths who rely on old-style cutting tools instead of modern machinery to craft, refine and finesse each and every cymbal. Pits and other imperfections remain on the traditional finish surface, preserving the now legendary tonal qualities and unique personality of the originals.