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Zildjian Kerope Crash Cymbal

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The Kerope Series pulls from all of Zildjian's rich history and cymbal-making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K recreation to dat...Click To Read More About This Product

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A meticulously crafted cymbal drawing from the heritage of Zildjian.

The Kerope Series pulls from all of Zildjian's rich history and cymbal-making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K recreation to date. Each cymbal is meticulously hand-crafted using a 14-step process that encompasses the best of everything Zildjian has learned in 390 years of cymbal making.

Dark, and complex. Reminiscent of cymbals from the '50s and '60s yet distinctly modern and relevant for today's music.

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Best purchase I have made in a long time.

By Neel

from Columbia, MO

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  • Bright Sound
  • Buttery Feel
  • Full Crash
  • Responsive Feel
  • Smooth Tone


    Best Uses

    • Anything

    Comments about Zildjian Kerope Crash Cymbal:

    I bought this cymbal a little over a year ago and have loved every minute of it. The sounds that this cymbal makes never cease to inspire. I have the 19" model as my left side crash and it can serve as an alternative ride that adds a great atmosphere, yet, it can really open up and cut through when you want it to. This instrument will amaze you. If you're stuck between this and a few others, choose this one!


    Zildjian 19" Kerope - A First-rate Crash Ride

    By Cole on Drums

    from Nora Springs, IA

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    • Buttery Feel
    • Dark Wash
    • Defined Stick
    • Extremely Versatile
    • Full Crash


      Best Uses

      • Country
      • Funk
      • Jazz
      • Pop
      • R&B
      • Rock
      • World

      Comments about Zildjian Kerope Crash Cymbal:

      I am a professional drummer and drum set instructor based out of the booming musical metropolis of Nora Springs, IA, where I also direct middle school and high school band. I have owned a 19" Kerope cymbal for a little over a year and have been thoroughly impressed! I would hesitate to designate it as a crash or a ride, as it does both equally well. Seriously.

      In my private drum studio lessons, it's not uncommon for me to go from teaching a lesson on rock drumming directly into teaching a lesson on jazz drumming -- two very different concepts that would often require a switch in my cymbal set-up, but not so with the 19" Kerope. Similarly, I've played gigs where the setlist jumps from a driving swing chart to a light Brazilian chart and then into a full-out rock chart. Not every cymbal could handle each of those genres tastefully. The 19" Kerope can.

      This cymbal is medium-thin in weight, hand-hammered, and has a relatively flat profile. These attributes make for an instrument that can serve as a full-bodied dark crash, a washy crash ride, and a dark, secondary ride with buttery crash qualities. Much like the other K crashes, the 19" Kerope crash sound has a bright initial transient that quickly settles into that dark wash that drummers know and love. The wash is medium to low pitched, so it blends with the music as opposed to dominating it (even when crash riding). The ride sound is very articulate with a smoky "tah" cushioning each stick beat, much like you'd expect from an old-style K.

      Bottom line, folks, is that not all cymbals are created equal. The 19" Kerope is one of those rare gems that can legitimately enhance just about any drummer's set-up outside of the Metal genre. If you're looking for a true chameleon of a cymbal, look no further!

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