We expect the Zildjian booth to be bustling at the upcoming NAMM Show judging by the sheer number of new model introductions that will update many of the company’s existing cymbal lines, including two rides that will expand the coolly retro K Constantinople series.
Developed in conjunction with renowned jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum, the medium-thin 22" K Constantinople Renaissance Ride features smoother lathing on both sides and a bell that is unlathed underneath, adding stick definition to the instrument. Three rows of over-hammering and four large hammer clusters give it a dark spread with overtones and a bit of “trash.”
Also new in 2012 is the medium-thin 20" K Constantinople Bounce Ride, a smaller version of the 22" model launched two years ago. Like the 22", which was developed in conjunction with Kenny Washington, the 20" Bounce Ride features traditional K Constantinople hammering and eight unique cluster hammer marks on top that add just enough “dirt” to the sound. The new 20" model has more pronounced lathing and tonal grooves to produce plenty of dark wash and sustain.
Don’t you love being involved in an industry where descriptions like “trash” and “dirt” are considered flattering? Drummers rule.