A series of signature cymbals offering flavor and versatility for styles from pop to Latin jazz, while offering the quality of traditional Turkish methods.
Designed for Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, the El Negro series by Istanbul Mehmet has a sound and appearance as unique as Horacio’s playing. The splash cymbal features a specially brushed finish with an unfinished bell. The cymbal also offers a sharp, bright tone, quick decay and 5 rivets for a raspy sustain.
Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals Signature Series Horacio El Negro Hernandez Splash (5 SIZZLE) Cymbals
Hand crafted in Istanbul, Turkey
Designed for Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez.
Specially Brushed Finish with Raw Bell.
As unique of a sound and appearance as Horacio’s playing.
ABOUT ISTANBUL MEHMET
Mehmet Tamdeger learned his art from Mikhail Zilcan, the grandson of Kerope Zilcan, after whom the Zilcan K series is named. In the 1950s, he worked in the K. Zilcan factory in Istanbul. At the age of nine Mehmet Tamdeğer started to work for Mikhail Zilcan. Mikhail Zilcan and Kirkor Küçükyan taught him every aspect of this ancient Turkish art, based on a history that stems back to the early 17th century. The Istanbul brand name was adopted by a cymbal works established by two cymbal smiths, Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk. At that time, they had over three decades of cymbal making experience. Mehmet and Agop named their company after the city that has been home to the epitome of high quality cymbals for many, many years: Istanbul. These cymbals were first exported to the U.S. in 1984, first under the name “Zildjiler”, and soon afterwards as “Istanbul”. Both craftsmen signed each cymbal and many of these cymbals are now collectors’ items. After Agop Tomurcuk’ s unexpected death in July 1996, Mehmet decided to continue the production of cymbals under his own name, Istanbul Mehmet. A lot has changed since then, but his belief in the richness and the character of a handmade cymbal will always remain. Machines don’t have ears. That’s why we continue to make our cymbals according to the ancient tradition – with an open eye towards the music that’s being made now, and in the future.
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Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1980; 38 years ago in Istanbul, Turkey
Founder Agop Tomurcuk 
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Agop Tomurcuk, Arman Tomurcuk, Serkis Tomurcuk, Mel Lewis
Istanbul Agop Cymbals is a cymbal producer based in Turkey. Its products are well respected for their unique sound, which is formed by the method and the alloy used, the formula of which is known only to the owners of the firm, Armenians Arman and Sarkis Tomurcuk. It is one of two companies that formed after the split of Istanbul Cymbals.
Planet Z HiHats deliver a range of sounds and respond precisely to how you play them. They’re clean and crisp when open, or short and separated when closed.
Planet Z Crash cymbals give your music a pronounced punch with a full, explosive sound. Lively and versatile, these Crashes will cut through when you most need to accent the beat.
Planet Z Ride cymbals provide clean stick definition on top of focused underlying tones. Use the bell for accents and patterns or play towards the outer edge of this multi-faceted cymbal to create a washy, high-volume wall of sound.
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