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Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash   

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A set of Byzance cymbals commonly used by drummer and educator, Mike Johnston.

The Meinl Mike Johnston cymbal box set contains a variety of Byzance models that he chooses for his standard set up when conducting lessons and performing. Included in this box are a pair of 14" Byzance Extra Dry Medium Hi-Hats, 20" Byzance Extra Thin Hammered Crash, 21" Byzance Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride, plus a free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash. These cymbals deliver a musical blend of dark and dry attack with a short, trashy wash.

The 14" Extra Dry hi hats have a full-bodied and distinctive "chick" sound. The 20" Extra Thin Hammered Crash serves great as both a big crash and a light ride. At the heart of the setup is the Mike Johnston signature Transition ride cymbal. This cymbal is designed to respond with the perfect transition from articulate sticking to wide open crashing and back, while always maintaining musicality. Also highlighted in this set is a free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash. This cymbal is great for adding a contrasting crash sound that works well as an accent cymbal, and it allows players to dig in for trashy riding effects.

Their hand-hammered and lathed surfaces with warm sounds and selection of models may be rooted in tradition, but Meinl Byzance cymbals are the ultimate choice when it comes to modern versatility. Every Byzance model is hand hammered into shape by cymbal artisans in Turkey, giving each cymbal its own unique and colorful voice.

FEATURES
  • Sizes and Purpose
  • Quantity: 4
  • Type: Set
  • Sizes (in): 14/18/20/21
  • Construction
  • Material: Cast Alloy
  • Hammering: Hand
  • Lathing: Partial
  • Cymbal Weight: Medium Thin
  • Bell: Small
  • Other
  • Finish: Multiple
  • Country of Origin: Turkey
  • Added Value: Free Crash

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MeinlMike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Responsive feel (5)
  • Bright sound (3)
  • Focused crash (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best cymbals! Amazing quality and sound!!

By Edgar

from Lebanon, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Focused Crash
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Praise & Worship

    Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

    Since I first saw these cymbals I fell in love with them and wanted to buy them. I am drummer at our church for more than 6 years. We have low ceilings so controlling the sound is very important for me. I recently bought a PDP drum set and then decided to invest in new cymbals so I happy bought this set and when I installed everything and tried the drums with this cymbals..... Wow! The sound was amazing, the cymbals not only sound amazing, it haves a lower sound so it's easier for me to control the sound along with the drums. I am so happy with this set of Byzance cymbals. I really highly recommend to anyone even though, every drummer has a different style of drumming.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Cymbals Set

    By PapaDrummer

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Dark, Complex Sound
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Church Setting
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

      I used to be a Zildjian fan, but the first moment I came across to Meinl Byzance Series, I fell in love with the sounds. In my opinion, Meinl truly hits a home run with the Byzance Series. My first purchase was Benny Greb 22" Sand Crash Ride. It was an awesome cymbal; a beautiful ride and an amazing big crash. Fun to play with, but I need a main ride.

      When the Transition Ride first came out, I have mixed feelings (is it really a great ride and crash?). After listening to many Youtube videos and several trips to local music stores to listen it first hand, I knew this would be my main ride (other options that I was considering were 20" Sand Ride and 20" Extra Dry Thin Ride). When I got it, this Transition Ride WAS BEAUTIFUL (still is); the finish is gorgeous. The ride sounds great, good stick definition, easy to control (not to washy, just enough for my taste). The bell has a good sound, does not sound like a separate cymbal, but not sure who well it will cut through other instruments and vocals (haven't tried it yet). The crash is great, the ride is relatively easy to open up (no need to hit it hard to get the crash sound). Love the cymbal.

      The 14" extra dry hihat, as the name indicates, it is really dry. Has a good chick sound and when hit while it opens, the sound is not too harsh and overbearing (it is just right). For me the hihat and the ride are my favorite cymbals within this pack. I will be happy just playing with these two.

      The 18" extra dry thin crash has a unique sound. A great fast crash (decays quickly).

      The 20" extra thin hammered crash offers a BIG, HUGE crash sound. A great complimentary to the 18" dry crash, and it truly feels "buttery" when you hit it.

      I love these cymbals pack because they do compliment each other really well and is musically pleasing to my ear. I really love the dark, dry, and complex sounds that these cymbals set offer. If you are looking for a new cymbal set, can't go wrong with this one!! Buy it!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Set!!!!

      By Jugface

      from Mosheim, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Explosive Attack
      • Full Crash

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Worship

        Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

        I was looking for a great set of cymbals as an upgrade from the set I had played for years and I found that here in this set. These cymbals have such an extraordinary sound that matches throughout the set. Each cymbal brings a different tone that truly makes this set brilliant. Just by slightly changing your technique of playing each cymbal can match any style of music you're looking for. I absolutely love this set and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great upgrade!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Every drummer needs these!!

        By Deezy

        from Hillsboro, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Controlled sound
        • Focused Crash
        • Good for church venues
        • Responsive Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Church venues
          • Rock
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

          This product is seriously one of a kind, it's the best type of cymbals to use for virtually all music types. The price may make you doubt if purchasing is worth it, believe me it is!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice!

          By Train32

          from Vancouver, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Focused Crash
          • Great looking

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Venues

            Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

            Really a great set of cymbals. When these arrived I was really impressed with how nice looking the entire Byzance set was. The cymbals in this pack compliment each other very nicely and I am very happy with the sounds overall. I've played Zildjian for many years, but decided to try the Meinl brand with my new USA Custom kit. I'm happy I did and recommend anyone looking for a cymbal set give this one serious consideration.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing set of cymbals.

            By RobGouldDrums

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • dark tone
            • matched set
            • Responsive Feel
            • versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Any type of gig

              Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

              I think these are the best set of cymbals I have ever owned. I have been playing drums over 20 years and professionally 12 years. Typically creating a set of cymbals takes a long time, money, and experimentation. Not the case anymore with the sets that Meinl is putting out for the pro drummer. In the past I stayed away from buying a set and for good reason, usually they were entry level or not tone matched. When I received the Mike Johnston set I was a bit worried the cymbals would not be matched tonally or I would have just one lemon, not the case. They are package well and matched by someone who has an ear for picking sets of cymbals. Let's talk versatility: in the past I have had my jazz cymbals and my modern rock cymbals and now I just use these with a few additions like the 18" Meinl Vintage Trash Crash (alone or as stack with splash, both killer). The transition ride is a true achievement that has definition, crash and is as advertised "transitional." The 14" medium dry hats are underrated, perfect crisp, warm, non-abrasive sound that will have any sound engineer turning their head live or in the studio. 18" extra dry thin crash is impressive and is one of Meinl's more popular cymbals for a reason, its great and versatile. The 20" Hammered thin crash is a monster yet not just loud, it has a smokey jazz ride feel and sound to it, thunderous crash when struck hard, and a trashy warm china sound when play at a whisper. Overall they are excellent and do not overpower your kit which is great since we are "drummer" not "cymbalists." An excellent purchase for most styles of music and a great way to expand your cymbal palette. I played other brands before this set and not I am a Meinl guy.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this cymbal pack!

              By RobGouldDrums

              from Chicago

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Quick Decay
              • Responsive Feel
              • Sound matched set
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Electronic music
                • Hip Hop
                • Jazz
                • Pop
                • Rock

                Comments about Meinl Mike Johnston Byzance Cymbal Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash:

                I have been playing drums for 20+ years and mainly a Zildjian or Bosphorus guy. I always loved turkish cymbals for their darker more washy characteristics but with that gave up some modern qualities like: great bell, higher volume, attack, ping/stick definition. For me this was fine being that I don't like many modern cymbal sounds but many people I have worked for are not vintage cymbal fans and prefer that modern sound for live shows or recordings. I have been completely blown away by MEINL cymbals the past couple of years after re-checking them out on Grebb or Johnston videos. They have combined vintage/turkish techniques with modern cymbal sounds perfectly in my opinion. These cymbals are mellow when played softly, explosive when bashed, soft feel, work perfectly as a matched set, great stick definition on hats and ride, quick decay on dry crash, explosive 20" hammered crash that can be played softly for a jazz ride, they don't cover up drum sound, and are a great value with the 18" being FREE. Honestly I only need this set for most of my gigs, super impressive since I play anywhere from light jazz to hard rock. Before I would carry an extra set of cymbals to a wedding gig, some for the jazz cocktail set and some for the dance sets. Now just these four cymbals do the trick. In the studio they sit very well mix acoustically (w/out EQ) so I no longer have to be ware of a cutting crash being hit too hard or playing the ride lightly to avoid the building "roar." Essentially Meinl just made picking out a set of all purpose cymbals as easy as ordering these. Get em!

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