Zultan – The Cymbal Brand celebrates their 20th anniversary this year and launches a special limited edition cymbal set. This Anniversary Set consists of a 15” hi-hat, 17” and 19” crashes and 22” ride which are 100 % handmade B20 cymbals manufactured in Istanbul, Turkey.
Zultan state this anniversary set of cymbals “respond excellently in all dynamic ranges and offer a delicate, nuanced tone while keeping the harsh overtones to a minimum.” “With a more earthy tone, medium dry decay and articulated response, the Anniversary Set is perfect for jazz, funk and ”grungy” rock styles.” *Drummer’s Review are taking a look at this latest offering from Zultan in the next few weeks, so stay tuned*
Zultan continue, “The manufacturing technique of these cymbals work the metal harder. At the same time, it’s crucial to keep the natural appearance which means careful management of every step of the manufacturing process.” “The captivating range of rich, dark and detailed sound as well as the peculiar dark look of the set has been obtained by skipping the lathing process and by using a larger and more pointy hammer.”
Zultan was launched at the dawn of the third millennium. Introducing any new product is an exciting event. But they decided to present these cymbals at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt without a brand or product name. Naked, you might say. They wanted to keep their origin and maker a secret, ensuring that nothing would prejudice the drummers who gave their opinions on sound and quality. Thankfully, the response was positive across the board Zultan concluded. “Even disregarding their price point, these cymbals had held their own in terms of finishing, quality and sound when compared to cymbals by renowned makers,” claim Zultan. That was the first chapter of the Zultan story, written before these cymbals even had a brand name.
The first series was christened the Rock Beat series. As is typical for a debut release, the range was limited in terms of the breadth of its appeal. Consequently, the new cymbals weren’t able to satisfy all tastes. Louder cymbals such as the Q and F5 were added to the portfolio, named after nature’s fiercest storms. Over time, they extended their Rock Beat and CS series, incidentally one of the world’s only cymbals made using B25 bronze. Next came the Aja series, produced in East Asia. Its name was a nod to the Steely Dan album that marked the breakthrough of Steve Gadd.
All other series are manufactured in Turkey. There the know-how and expertise of local artisans and their experience with traditional manufacturing enables Zultan to offer an enticingly diverse range of products, delivering aesthetic and sonic variety thanks to a multitude of different processing techniques and tools.
When planning the market debut and distribution strategy for their cymbals, they chose to forge their own, less worn path. When they decided 20 years ago to offer our cymbals only online, many thought the internet was a poor sales medium for cymbals. It was no surprise that many drummers were sceptical. But that spurred us on towards an approach that was radically new at the time: make cymbals audible on the internet.
Zultan was the first brand in Germany (and probably worldwide) to offer audio files of its cymbals as part of the product description content. This was before YouTube even existed. From that point on, they have continually extended their cymbal range. Currently this encompasses 12 different cymbal series as well as attractive accessories, with each and every product displaying consistently high level of product quality despite the exceedingly attractive pricing.
Official website: www.zultancymbals.com