Masterwork 21" Custom Ride
The Custom Series comes in a brilliant finish and boasts balance over all. Warmth and expression reign supreme here.
The 21 and 22 Custom Series rides are extraordinarily well behaved. They are expressive, dark, complex, articulate and not hard to crash. We found that they respond hugely as to where on the bow you play. For example, move a centimetre closer to the bell and the balance of overtones will change completely, making it perfect for those little groove embellishments. They land somewhere in the same sphere as Sabian Legacy rides or Meinl Byzance medium rides. These would be fantastic studio cymbals and would suit anyone after versatile cymbals with projection.
Cymbals were unknown in Europe until the Turk raids first introduced them. The story began in Istanbul in the 15th century with the Zildjian family which were used predominantly within the military. The first European music written with cymbals dates back to the late 17th century. It took another 200 years before they were introduced in modern music genres. Nowadays numerous factories in Turkey produce unique cymbals using traditional methods passed from father to son. Masterwork cymbal smiths are the artists who use these ancient technics to produce cymbals of a high quality. Masterwork Cymbals use the B25 alloy to produce their cymbals. This secret formula is the key to the musical tone and qualities that define Masterwork's sound. The Masterwork Cymbals factory was established in 2002 in Istanbul and is now owned by cymbal smiths Yucel ULUC and Cetin LIMONCU. Masterwork Cymbals produce 14 different lines of cymbals, each with their own unique qualities that define them.