Zildjian K Constantinople Vintage Orchestral Cymbal Pair
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The new K Constantinople Vintage Orchestral cymbals possess a rich, powerful and dark expression of a cymbal sound normally found only in cymbals over 100 years old. Surprisingly easy to play over the entire dynamic range, these cymbals have a versatile blend of midrange and projection capabilities.
Leather Cymbal Straps and Orchestral Cymbal Pads are sold separately--shown in the box of recommended products.
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I recently purchased these cymbals for use in a university symphony orchestra, and they do not dissapoint. There is a reason that Zildjian K Constantinople cymbals are so highly regarded, and these are no exception. I evaluate all cymbals using 3 criteria:
Tone Quality - In this area, these cymbals are some of the best I have ever heard. They are very dark and very dry. The overtones are rich and complex, with the fundamental being lower than you would think the 18-inch size would allow.
Versatility - These cymbals sound great on a lot of repertoire, but like any cymbals, may not work for everything. They're best suited for large orchestral settings (think Tchaikovsky's 4th or Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King). They also work well for traditional marches. However, if you have a piece that requires light crashes, you may experience trouble, which leads me to...
Ease of Play - If these cymbals have one weakness, it's the initial difficulty one experiences when attempting to achieve their full potential. They are heavy. This fact contributes to their greatest asset, the dark dry and rich tone. However, their heft also contributes to their unwieldiness. If you don't properly prime these cymbals before playing, they will not provide their full spectrum of lush sound. Given, a misplayed crash on these cymbals is far better sounding than most others, but keep this in mind.
Overall, these are the best cymbals I have ever played. I don't see myself ever getting rid of them. If you're looking for a set of incredible sounding, versatile cymbals with the ability to cover a wide range of repertoire, look no further.
(Accessory note: My cymbals did not come with straps, which are obviously required to play. I have always preferred Zildjian leather cymbal straps; they fit great and hold up for quite a long time.)