Exceptionally versatile Traditional features many models over various weights with plenty of hammer marks visible beneath the tight deep grooves.
Traditional Trash Hit
- A unique and creative lathing process gives the outer edge its warped and malleable quality.
- Smaller sizes sound like a cross between a splash and a china.
- Larger sizes sound more like a cross between crash and a china or a swish.
- Supplies fast, trashy attack, with a fairly quick decay.
"To be honest, I was more than a little skeptical about the sound I could garner from the Trash Hit cymbals. As each of these misshapen slabs of metal took its turn seesawing on my cymbal stand, they seemed more like something out of a Salvador Dali painting, or an old vinyl record accidentally left on a hot radiator. I was further bewildered when I noticed rough,
uneven edges with what appeared to be excess material on some of them. Istanbul Agop wouldn't divulge the process by which they created these cymbals. But a spokesperson for the company explained that the extra material on the ragged edges theoretically could help to focus the sound of the cymbal and place it in the lower registers. With a name like "Trash Hit" I would have guessed that these cymbals would have all the musical subtlety of garbage-can lids. I was wrong-at least partly. Depending on the spot I chose to attack the cymbals produced a variety of "clinks," "clangs," "kishes," and "crashes." The bells acted as targets, presenting tiny, shiny, heavily lathed surfaces for me to zero in on. I could get a more defined "ping" from the cymbals themselves if l played close to the bell. Playing on the main surface of the Trash Hits produced sounds that were nothing short of explosive. It didn't take much elbow grease for the
cymbal to develop a volume overload, and when it reached its maximum decibels, I could hear almost nothing else around me. The sound was so loud, in fact, that my sticking patterns were virtually erased by the tremendous, hissing tidal wave of sound. (How's that for covering your tracks!) As I hit the edges of these suckers, my strokes again became lost in the rush: I got nuthin' but "whoosh!" Though I noticed a slight alternating lathing pattern on these cymbals, I believe the sounds I achieved had less to do with the production process and more to do with the shape (or lack thereof). While I was impressed with the Trash Hit cymbals, I'm convinced that they are not for every gig. (Or perhaps for any gig, depending on your taste.) I think the best applications might be in heavy rock, experimental
jazz, or even certain forms of hybrid world music." - Will Romano
"Sun hat? No, Istanbul Agop Trash Hit Cymbal. Great for Chris Dave like crashes (never on the beat! ;-) and light riding. The edge part is so thin that it bends in all directions." - Johannes Bruhn
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