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Very Rare ISTANBUL PRE SPLIT AGOP MEHMET Traditional China 18” 1304 g PERFECT

Original price $349.99 - Original price $349.99
Original price
$349.99 - $349.99
Current price $349.99
  • Here’s a very rare, collectible Istanbul in absolutely glorious condition:

  •  A PRE SPLIT Istanbul Agop Mehmet Traditional China 18”in Amazing shape! The cleanest you will find outside of a Time Machine. 

  • Gorgeous golden lathing and Hand Hammered - Before ANYONE had seen this kind of craftsmanship and beauty!  This is the mid 80s and this is THE company that ushered in the old world craftsmanship - the kind of artistry that fomented a movement of boutique cymbalsmiths.

  • Istanbul’s old-world Zildjian Istanbul K-styled handiwork attracted the ears and signatures of jazz greats Mel Lewis and Elvin Jones. And this Early China is from those Elvin years! 

  • Complex and organic with that exotic Hand Hammered tone that turned heads and struck fear into the hearts of cymbal companies everywhere! 

  • All that beautiful Hand Hammering supplies a wonderful complexity - the kind no one in the 80s had heard, unless you knew about Istanbul Ks. 

  • At 1304 grams this Early 18” Istanbul is cutting and incisive without clanking. The decay is medium fast too.  

  • It makes a great alternate ride cymbal - the Real Deal!   The stick attack is solid - especially for a China and its 18” size gives it control and a good response. 

  • Generous PANG-styled upturned flanges lip that is 2.5” and generous for the striking.  Rounded over Old School Swish bell.  

  • Very expressive and musical.  Something that keeps a foot in tradition but also is fresh and BOLD - like an original Vintage China Effects that’s Hamd Hammered. 

  • Amazing condition for a 35 year old Pre Split.  Very strong logos. Incredible. 

  • The cleanest you’ll find. And it’s a lot of fun to play. 

  • Collectible.