When Cindy Blackman-Santana felt the need for something sharper and brighter, though not at the expense of losing the darker jazzy side, Mantra is created as the perfect counterpart to OM. Adding higher volume, and greater attack, while still maintaining a musical balance of warm overtones. Great for situations which require greater projection and cut that still require a rich, dark sound.
Cindy Blackman Mantra Hi-Hat
- Is versatile.
- A little bit brighter than the Om hats, and a little louder and more open.
- But is still quite dark and crisp.
"Mantras provide Cindy Blackman-Santana with a jazz-based cymbal retaining that hallmark traditional Istanbul character, but with a sharper, brighter cutting, rocking edge. Hats are not too big to handle, nor too heavy, they are still plenty quick enough, but they have a bit of extra heft. There's a softer and darker feel to them (being thinner), yet they sit in there comfortably enough. Because of the diameter and the medium weight, played closed they have a subtly subdued and husky tone with less of the stick prominence of the ride. But as you progressively lay in and use the shoulder they produce a thicker and meatier beat that drives from underneath rather than screeches over the top." - Geoff Nicholls
"The 15” hats are plenty quick enough, but have a bit of extra heft. There's a softer and darker feel to them and they have a subtly subdued and husky tone. These cymbals retain that hallmark, traditional Istanbul character, but with a sharper, brighter cutting, rocking edge." - Team
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