30th Anniversary is true works of art with different variations in massive hammer marks, lathing and color all enhance the sound. It also stand out with hand-shaped rugged-looking bell as its profiles curve gently down. These cymbals are uncannily similar to the vintage Turkish Ks that inspired them. Like their aged counterparts, they are instruments full of character and subtlety.
30th Anniversary Ride
- Is astonishingly complex and involving, while also not being especially loud.
- Is far from subdued - being suffused with spiky, almost seething tonality.
- Features woody, silvery stick response and wash that is hissing, churning, oceanic backdrop rolling along restlessly beneath the pulse.
30th Anniversary Cymbal Bag
- Includes 22" genuine leather bag with shoulder strap.
- All leather, debossed with the 30th Anniversary logo.
- Light weight, perfect for a small setup.
"While also not being especially loud, the 22” ride is far from subdued - being suffused with a spiky, almost seething tonality. The stick response is a woody/silvery 'tah' that seems a step away from getting angry, as if each 'tah' is being spat out. Moving onto the bell compresses and intensifies these qualities, sharpening the sound further. Then there's the wash: the only remotely accurate description is 'roar'. Again, this doesn't allude to the volume generated; more its timbre and insistent presence. Accompanying the gentlest touch, the wash is a hissing, churning, oceanic backdrop rolling along restlessly beneath the pulse. It never builds so far as to divert attention from the pattern, but it's a big factor in the overall sound. Crashing results in a dark, trashy eruption that subsides to a washy undertow. Such cymbals demand to be played into, and all the variations in dynamics and speed that you threw at them were taken in their stride. You may then find yourselves doing the opposite and hitting them once to listen, utterly absorbed, to the decay. Swapping sticks for mallets prove to be as engrossing. The overlapping waves of swell that the mallets encouraged reveal yet more tonal depths. Even though you may play the rides every day for the period that you have custody of them, you can get the impression that you haven't heard all they had to offer." - Adam Jones
"This is a less rebellious sibling to the 26", retaining all of the complexity, the beautiful bell tone, and the woody stick definition. I could drastically change its timbre without much change in playing motion, making it a very useful and musical tool. I played this cymbal in a big band setting and in a Middle Eastern-flavored rock band, and while it was much darker sounding than the ride would have normally used, it had enough attack to be heard and enough bottom end to be felt." - Colin Woodford
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