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Bosphorus Master Vintage 19" Ride
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Masters Vintage is boldly noted by Bosphorus as the embodiment of their philosophy and represents their absolute finest work. These cymbals carry the distinctive colors of the wood-oven. Their thin, hand hammered bell and profile produce a soft, "played-in" feel. These cymbals are perfect for recreating the sound and atmosphere found on jazz, blues, and big band stages and recordings.
"Dark, complex tones. Fine hand-hammered build. Excellent playability. The ride is immediately apparent that despite being mostly unlathed, it is a very thin cymbal with a pronounced edge wobble under anything more than moderate sticking. Light strokes are articulated cleanly, with a metallic edge even when played with wood-tipped sticks, but the initial strike dissipates quickly into a dark, woody fundamental note. Pressing on with faster and heavier sticking patterns induces a roar, but it can be controlled easily." - Jake Stacey
"As a drummer who's spent years searching for the perfect jazz ride, I can honestly say that the Master Vintages are some of the most inspiring ride cymbals I've ever played. The
cymbals are very thin-they can be bent easily with the hands-and their profile is quite flat. Sonically, the Master Vintage rides shared basic qualities: They had a dark and dry fundamental tone with clear, precise, and noticeably "woody stick response. The wash was prominent but never overpowering, creating a low rumble of smoldering overtones that was excited ever so slightly by each push accent or bell hit. The 19" and 20" Master Vintage rides offered a bit more of a controlled sound than the 21" and
22". They had a quicker decay and a slightly muted resonance that was similar to the effect you get when you add a bit of tape to the underside of a washy ride. These smaller cymbals had
me recalling the ride signature of post-bop masters Joe Chambers and Mickey Roker, as well as the modern vibe of Jocy Baron.
The 21" and 22" Master Vintage rides, on the other hand, leaned much closer to the trashy-yet-deadly-precise sound that Tony Williams made legendary on Miles Davis's Seven Steps To
Heaven. For my personal taste, the 22" is about as perfect a jazz ride as I could ever want; it looks cool (especially when you lay into it to get the edges wobbling in ecstasy), and it has a great
blend of dark wash and throaty articulation. As played this large cymbal, I couldn't help but be reminded of the super-clear, super-dry ride that modern jazz master Greg Hutchinson used when
saw him on tour with Joshua Redman in 2000. For die-hard jazzers-or even studio players who play lightly and use small
sticks-these rides have that special quality that
makes everything you play sound better." - Michael Dawson
Bosphorus has TWO years warranty against manufacturing flaws, starting from date of the purchase.
This is a pre-order which ships out from the supplier within 10 days.