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Zildjian K Constantinople Hi Bell Thin Ride, High Cymbal

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Featuring 20" and 22" sizes, the K Constantinople Hi Bell Ride High (highest pitch in the series) explores a bell shape that was modeled after a 100 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Traditional artistry with a technological edge!

Featuring 20" and 22" sizes, the K Constantinople Hi Bell Ride High (highest pitch in the series) explores a bell shape that was modeled after a 100 year-old pair of Zildjian orchestral cymbals. The larger surface area of the bell provides a wider range of frequencies, yet is not overpowering.

The Hi Bell Rides also feature a combination of traditional K Constantinople lathing and innovative spiral lathing techniques. The spiral lathing is employed from the bell to the middle of the cymbal only, with traditional lathing on the remainder of the cymbal. The new technique of spiral lathing allows the cymbal to remain controlled while still making the ride "crashable" and delivering an articulate stick sound. The result is a wonderful breathy-yet-articulate tonal characteristic that has already garnered the praises of today's jazz elite perfomers. An exciting sound that pays homage to the smokey sounding traditional K Zildjian cymbals. The 20" size features slightly more "wash," which enhances its crash capabilites; the 22" size features a slightly more controlled and defined stick definition.

Renowned drummer Steve Smith said, "The 22" K Constantinople Hi Bell is my favorite ride cymbal hands down. It has a clear, dry stick sound but enough wash so the cymbal flows and has a smooth feel for me and for the musicians I'm playing with. I'm using it as my main ride in all the groups I'm touring and recording with: Vital Information, Steps Ahead, Soulbop, and Buddy's Buddies. Dave Liebman, who plays in my newest group, Flashpoint, spent years touring and recording with the great Elvin Jones, and said it was one of the best cymbals he's ever heard."

Paul Francis, Zildjian R&D Specialist, commented "With these new rides, we're pushing the envelope with new, innovative manufacturing techniques. These new tonal colors offer more choice to our customers than ever before.


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Old Is New

By Jimmy-L-zI7

from Austin, Texas

The Zildjian Company has made a dramatic step backwards in the production of this new line of rides. Basing the design on 100 year old orchestral cymbals was a nice beginning. What I hear in my new 22 inch K Connie is what ride cymbals played by the early jazz greats must have heard when they started using similar rides in the 50's and 60's. Sweetness and purity of sound come to mind. This cymbal, although in the high price range is worth every penny to me. I play mostly variety music at corporate and private parties, wedding receptions and the like. I needed a ride that would replace my 20 K Custom Med ride that over the last 15 years has taken on a markedly dry, quick decay. Something with a bit more wash, a bit brighter and a higher bell sound. This 22 does the job. It's not a trasher though, it's definitely an instrument to be learned or to be played by anyone familiar with using K's. So many different sounds can be pulled from this cymbal. The spiral lathing is done just so - it allows crashability along with it's many differing ride sounds. I am looking forward to using it at a gig this weekend to see the response from the rhythm section. I'm sure they are going to dig it as much as I do. After 40 years of drumming the only regret I have is that my hearing is so messed up that I may be missing some of the gorgeous overtones this cymbal produces. If you can afford it, buy it. You will not be sorry.



By Randy C

from Wisconsin

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I bought this one before it was brought to market at a Steve Gadd clinic in Milwaukee. It was still called a Constantinople Sound Lab Prototype. This is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile ride/crash cymbals made!! It is simply gorgeous! Great definition riding and a beautiful, low crash. I use it with one of the 20" Constantinople MediumThin rides that came out in '04 and playing the pair is like being in cymbal heaven! If you desire a 20" ride that does it all, go audition this cymbal!


great sounding

By lzobel

from Iowa

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Just bought it. I liked the stick definition. Great bell. Nice clean sound yet still washy enough for jazz. This will be a great ride for a variety band.

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I am a loud, loud, drummer.

By Dan-tMfz5

from Imnottellingville, MA

I bought this trying to achieve perfect sound, until about an hour after I bought it. At this time, the cymbal cracked. It was probably because it was so thin. Some may say i am a bad drummer, and some may say I am a loud drummer, but, this cymbal is a WIMP.

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