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Old 12-12-2009, 05:44 AM
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More OM fun.......

This time a 18" OM Crash at 1200g's.

I'm including several profile shots due to the very interesting pronounced edge features, straight on profile and top and bottom bell/bridge on this particular cymbal. All these contribute to it's very nice full on quick rich crash and shimmer. Great crash!
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Stan the Man, I am still very envious of your pie collection. I hope your homeowners insurance covers all of these. And I think it's time to change your name to Entennmans since you have more pies than they.
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Stan the Man, I am still very envious of your pie collection. I hope your homeowners insurance covers all of these. And I think it's time to change your name to Entennmans since you have more pies than they.

LOL!!! ........ good one :}

Time to get a new very hungry guard dog me thinks GD...:}
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Sonor S-Class Drums on a loaner Gibraltar Rack:
B - 10"(x9") Tom
C - 12"(x10") Tom
D - 14"(x12") Tom
E - 22"(x16") Bass

A - 5x14 Ludwig BB "Brass-On-Brass" Model; 5.5x14 Tama Starclassic Birch


  1. 14" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Rock Hi-Hats
  2. 17" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Rock Custom Crash
  3. 16" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Raw China
  4. 18" Istanbul Agop Traditional China Pang
  5. 22" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Rock Ride
  6. 21" Istanbul Agop Traditional Crash Ride

#2 has been recently replaced by the 18" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Power-X Crash

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:03 AM
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Here's a updated shot of my 22" Epoch at 2635g with the larger logo removed that always sat at the target spot. I like this look better with just the "Epoch" logo...looks sharp!
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I've never even seen an Istanbul in the "flesh" in Sydney, let alone played or owned one *jealous*

If it sounds anywhere near as beautiful as it looks, it would be a dream.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:56 PM
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22" SE TW at 2975g.

From 2004 and could be one of the original prototypes or one of the first batch of ten production models from the factory shipped to Heartbeat here in Canada I was told from a records check by Noel at the shop. At any point is is ultra rare especially at this med. heavy weight with its distincive Sig bottom seen and sounds amazing and there's still bit of a mystery around where it came from to be found in the 22" rack with other new pies discovered by your's truly yesterday well on a social visit :}

Front and back shots. Pictures don't show its unique TW profile but you can see the hand applied cm/inches ink stamp on the back:
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I've never even seen an Istanbul in the "flesh" in Sydney, let alone played or owned one *jealous*

If it sounds anywhere near as beautiful as it looks, it would be a dream.
You don't find them in shops often in the States either.
Few drum shops stock Agop's.
I found a used one recently in a drum shop in Connecticut and I bought it.
I pretty much have to use the net for private sales to buy them around here.

Many of the drummers that I meet look at mine and they do a double take when they first see them at gigs and such because they have never seen one in person.
They almost always ask me if they can hit mine.
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I just bought this one on eBay. A 21" Istanbul Agop Special Edition Jazz Ride (1557 grams).


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Old 06-20-2010, 02:51 AM
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I just bought this one on eBay. A 21" Istanbul Agop Special Edition Jazz Ride (1557 grams).


Cool..... those thin regular SE rides are a real trip too and that's a very light 21 you have there Jordan. Congrats!

Had a 22" SE ride at just over 2000g that I sold to a good buddy of mine who really digs it.

Enjoy :}
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Here's a few fun pics captured by a friend {and camera} of my reflection in my 10" Alchemy Pro Power Splash of me playing my sound effects tree made up of 6" and 8" Raw Bells and a 12" Trash Hit.

The brillant finish one used for capturing the image will be added to the tree very soon with yet another 6" Gilbraltar stacker that I just ordered in.......
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Here's a few fun pics captured by a friend {and camera} of my reflection in my 10" Alchemy Pro Power Splash of me playing my sound effects tree made up of 6" and 8" Raw Bells and a 12" Trash Hit.

The brillant finish one used for capturing the image will be added to the tree very soon with yet another 6" Gilbraltar stacker that I just ordered in.......
I like the distorted facial expression in the second pic. Very Picasso-like
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I like the distorted facial expression in the second pic. Very Picasso-like
Thanks and it was just a fun idea.... I noticed that too Bob and it fits in with my other visual arts persona quite nicely :}
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The finished "tree".....love those 6" Gibraltar stackers :}
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Stan, You could hang lights on that tree this holiday season.
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Stan, You could hang lights on that tree this holiday season.
Good one Bob.....always thinking ahead :}
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My Istanbul Agop Xist Brilliant 20" Ride



It's a poor quality image, but soon I'll make some more :)

Except my Paiste Alpha 16" China I also have
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22 1/2" Epoch at 3070g from the first run back in 2008.

Turned up recently after some moving about and shuffling of some pies at the Canadian Distributors location. It was brought to my attention by Chad at Heartbeat a few weeks back. Thanks Chad!

Amazing pie with qualities of the lighter versions and their original weight of med. heavy for the vibe and character Lenny was going after. Actually this one sounds a lot like Lenny's Epoch heard on the "Return to Forever: Live at Montreaux" DVD.

At this weight it has a nice defined clear higher pitched stick click with a very dark and complex controlled wash underneath. Lots happening in the wash in this Epoch sample such as a bit of a pleasing sounding built in sizzle going on under the stick. Nice quick thunderous crash and many sweet spots depending on the placement and angle of the stick for interesting sounding shoulder crashes. Dig the bell on this one too. Check out the extensive hammering and very defined downward hook and overall profile on this sample in the pics.

And yes I have a few of these Epoch rides now that are all a bit different because I really dig the sound of them when heard within the music :}
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Another beauty Stan!
I like the shape of the bow.
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Stan you have no idea how jealous i am of you. If i ever invest in a full on jazz set i'm going to get...

22" Agop Sig. ride
15" OM hats
18" and 20" Epoch crashes.

Mmm, i can hear it now...
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Stan you have no idea how jealous i am of you. If i ever invest in a full on jazz set i'm going to get...

22" Agop Sig. ride
15" OM hats
18" and 20" Epoch crashes.

Mmm, i can hear it now...
Yes that would make for a nice dandy combo Cottontop!

Don't be jealous my cymbal insanity is quite the craziness to deal with for my poor wallet LOL!
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I love those handmade cymbal pic threads! And those Agops are really nice!

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Gruntersdad buys ticket to Vancouver BC...Stalks Stanley....catches him at a laxed moment where he only goes to the store around the corner..... stealthily enters Stans
domicile...collects a few pies....departs before being caught by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police....close call. Back to the Florida sun.
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Here's an overhead shot of my kit (L-R): 14" Traditional Mediums (938g/1136g), 18" Traditional Dark, 22" Traditional Jazz Ride (2760g), 22" Traditional Dark Ride (appx. 2500g). Not pictured is my 17" Traditional Medium Thin and 21" Sultan Ride (for sale in the Classified's thread if interested).

For the singer/songwriter stuff I play, the Dark Ride usually takes the main slot. Last month I had Tony at CymbalsOnly.com order a slightly heavier ride for my rock gigs... they sent us a Jazz ride that had been discontinued a while back. Nice to see one of those make a comeback :)
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I have finally become part of the family!!! I picked up this beauty on ebay.

Had a crack that was repaired. I took a chance and couldnt be happier. It is a perfect match for my go to cymbal- an 18inch zildjian A thin crash. I am not a hard hitter so I believe this baby will be with me for a long time.

I dont know much about it-- 17inch Rock crash- Has the Instanbul logo but pre- Agop.

Both Agop and Mehmet have signed the inside of the bell- Was hoping someone out there could give me a little info?

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I have finally become part of the family!!! I picked up this beauty on ebay.

Had a crack that was repaired. I took a chance and couldnt be happier. It is a perfect match for my go to cymbal- an 18inch zildjian A thin crash. I am not a hard hitter so I believe this baby will be with me for a long time.

I dont know much about it-- 17inch Rock crash- Has the Instanbul logo but pre- Agop.

Both Agop and Mehmet have signed the inside of the bell- Was hoping someone out there could give me a little info?

Thanks guys





That's pre-split, which happened in 1997 when Agop died. Two companies formed as a result... his sons (Sarkis and Arman) formed Istanbul Agop in their father's legacy, and Agop's brother started Istanbul Mehmet.

I can't see the pictures since I'm at work, but I'm sure it's a great find! I'll check it out when I get home.
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Without seeing the hard stamp i'll ballpark this pre-split Istanbul based on the size and color of the ink logos top and bottom at being from around the 1987-1992 production period.

Yes Agop died tragically in a boating accident in 96. The original company was split up in two with Arman and Sarkis {the two son's of Agop} forming Istanbul Agop at that time. Mehmet carried on at the original pre-split Istanbul factory with the other company in the mix called Istanbul Mehmet which still produces its own handmade Turkish cymbals we still see today.
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I tried to take a pic of the stamp- my camera couldnt take a good picture.

States- hand mand in Turkey- with Tumorturk ( I know I'm spelling that wrong but I'm at work doing it from memory)

No date -as far as I can see
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I tried to take a pic of the stamp- my camera couldnt take a good picture.

States- hand mand in Turkey- with Tumorturk ( I know I'm spelling that wrong but I'm at work doing it from memory)

No date -as far as I can see
Yes the pre-splits have the Agop Tomurcuk and Mehmet Tamdeger full names in the cymbals hard stamp. The design of the hard stamp changed over time as well as the color and such of the ink logos on these original Istanbuls. These two elements combined are the best {and only way} to narrow down an actual production date time line on them.
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Sweet!- So I'm in the club! Not the young hip swingers section but hanging with the oldies!!!


I'm very happy- For me, I think I've found myself a gem!
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I just bought some 15 Om hats and a 25th Anniversary ride. I am waiting for 8 (!) Om crashes to pick the one for me. Can't wait to start testing! :-)

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Here's a couple i've had for a while I just got around to photographing.

First up a 24" Agop Signature ride at 2345g...yes 2345 grams for a big 24" ride folks!

The stick sound heard on top and ultra dark overall vibe and trashy quick explosive crash of this pie heard in the flesh will blow your mind. The ultimate true CRASH/ RIDE in my books doing both REALLY well though not marketed as such a cymbal by the company.

The other seen next is my Agop Signature 18" Flat Ride. This one has been heard on several of the tracks of the Delta Quartet {Jared Burrows and friends} I posted in a link to Jared's website in the recent studio recordings thread. Here the link to the music again for those who missed it to hear this 18" flat in action in context:

http://jaredburrows.com/music/delta_quartet

YouTube clip featuring it on the track "Dinner with John" from the summer recording session:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sjdjF2nnEM

Very nice sounding 18" flat with a great clear stick click sound combined with some bacon sizzle in the dry dark wash.
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It's my first real ride cymbal and it's a 20" Istanbul Agop Alchemy Rock Ride :)

I just love it, I can't stop myself playing it! You've got to love ebay for bargains!



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Hi guys... some nice agops here.... Not planning on buy nothing but turkish pies. My first agop pie where a 13" sultans hats, wich i really liked, but sold to pick up this babies...







Right now, i'm playing bos, masterwork's, turkish, byzance's but gotta love these greenlogo isti's

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Hi Stan

how do you love your OM ride? How would you describe it? I'm thinking about getting
one of these beauties!! Funny thing is, though I like all the video and audio samples
I hear, I don't dig Cindy Blackman herself's sound very much, she seems to bash it
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Is the 20" crash rideable, or is it too thin?

By the way, is this dark wood furniture thing on many of your pics a piano?
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Has anyone played the Agops alongside the Mehmets? I am curious as to how similar or different they are to each other.
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I just bought a 22" Mehmet Radiant Rock Ride and it's the best damn sounding ride I have ever played. I love it and I will never let it go
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how do you love your OM ride? How would you describe it? I'm thinking about getting
one of these beauties!! Funny thing is, though I like all the video and audio samples
I hear, I don't dig Cindy Blackman herself's sound very much, she seems to bash it
quite loud.

Is the 20" crash rideable, or is it too thin?

By the way, is this dark wood furniture thing on many of your pics a piano?

First up it's a old upright piano used for my shots Matthias......

I really love the sound of the complete OM cymbal family and I would consider the 20" as an excellent larger dark and explosive full on crash that fits well in acoustic instrument based music. It does function too as a nice light ride with the right stick and touch but it really shines as a crash to my ears from my experience .

Here's a very good video I came across this weekend of the 22" OM played with good dynamic playing skills with a wide variety of stick choices that delivers the vibe and character they have going on for acoustic jazz work. Nice cymbal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg2CYtt9wU4
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Stan:

God bless you and lovely cymbal collection. I'm delighted reviewing your pictures and learning from your comments, from now on I will call you - Ata Istanbul Agop (Father of Istanbul Agop).

...by the way, now I have my 24" Paiste Giant Beat Ride!

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Here's a very good video I came across this weekend of the 22" OM played with good dynamic playing skills with a wide variety of stick choices that delivers the vibe and character they have going on for acoustic jazz work. Nice cymbal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg2CYtt9wU4
Thanks for the link, excellent! Think I'm gonna get me one of these!! Apart from the 20"
OM crash, what would you recommend as a complimentary smaller ride to the 22"?
I mean it's personal of course, but as the Ata Istanbul Agop (hehe) you surely have
the experience and the ear for those cymbals!
At the moment I'm using a Sabian Encore 21" as a left side ride, but I think it's quite
a different kind of sound and I doubt it will match the 22" OM well...
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