Istanbul Mehmet “El Negro” Cymbals

Istanbul Mehmet Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez Signature Cymbals

The past year has been pretty exhilarating for the artist reps at Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals, who added a host of high-profile endorsers to the roster, including the great jazz drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.

The company allowed Hernandez creative freedom to customize a personal line of Signature Series cymbals, which shares a specially brushed finish and raw bell. It seems that the Turkish cymbalsmiths didn’t restrict his options based on the impressive selection, which includes a 22" Medium Ride, 22" Light Ride, 22" Flat Ride, 19" Crash, 17" Crash, 16" Crash, 15" Crash, 13" Hi-Hat, 12" Hi-Hat, and 9" Splash (with five installed rivets for a cool sizzle effect).

Based on Istanbul Mehmet’s description, these are definitely jazzy cymbals, with slightly trashy crashes that have a short sustain, rides that cover a lot of sonic territories, and heavyweight hats that emit a powerful chick and dry stick sound.

So would you like to sound like “El Negro?” Then you’d better begin practicing now, but in the meantime, check out his bronze beauties.