By Andrew Lentz Published November 10, 2009
The new symphonic range of cymbals from Meinl adds serious class to the brass whether you’re in the symphony orchestra, marching band, or theater pit.
With Jens Herz, principal percussionist of the Bavarian State Philharmonic’s Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, one of Germany's most renowned music entities, Meinl has found an outstanding consultant with whom to develop and optimize their new range.
Made from B20 bronze and hand-hammered in the company's own Turkish cymbal smithy, all cymbals feature an overall dark tonality. Depending on the chosen weight and size, the cymbal pairs are suitable for use in musical situations ranging from very low to extremely loud volumes, but always with a wide tonal spread. The new suspended cymbals feature a flat profile for an immediate and sensitive response with a long sustain. Ideal for mallet rolls for swelling crescendos.
The assortment includes nine different cymbal pairs: Available in 18", 20", and 22" diameters in thin, medium, and heavy weights. Five suspended cymbals with diameters of 14", 16", 17", 18", and 20" complete the lineup. $310–$1,360.