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Old 03-28-2015, 09:07 PM
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Well guys, having taken on some of the advice from this great forum, I've decided to splash a little cash on cymbals even before I bought my kit. Don't know if these cymbals are particularly well regarded but, having been in numerous stores and tried out numerous cymbals of many different brands, these were the ones I fell in love with. To my untrained ears they sounded great.

They are Istanbul Mehmet Sultans and I ended up getting them in set form and they are a 20" ride, 16" crash and 14" hi hats. The set cost me around 245.

I hope they're a decent set and the price I paid was OK?

Alas I didn't get to visit any of the factories - there just wasn't the time. We've done a bit of a tour of Istanbul tho and loved the place.

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Istanbul Mehmet Sultans by grimsbytog, on Flickr


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You made a great choice and you got a fine deal IMO. Nice going. Cymbals are where the smart money goes.

As long as you love them, it matters not what is said about them. (Not expecting anything but raves anyway)

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We all told you, we all told you!

I'm chuffed to bits for you, and doubly chuffed that you went where your ears led you.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:45 PM
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Thanks for your kind words one and all.

I'd have loved to have gone to the Amedia and Agop factories. Alas this weekend was more about my good lady. She's wanted to visit Istanbul for some time so we have seen the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Galata Tower, saw the Whirling Dervishes and generally had a lovely day.

Bought these cymbals from Senkop Muzik in the end. Was looked after by a very nice guy called Teveth. They had a great cymbal room upstairs and I had a go of lots.

I went with the sizes in the kit as to buy individually including an 18" crash rather than the 16" in the kit would have added a big chunk to the price.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:00 PM
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You've done VERY well. Not that I'm any kind of role model, but I prefer 16" crashes, meself.

Mr Madge was talking about holidays the other day. I said, "What about Istanbul?" - and he bit!! Not that I have the slightest objection to visiting the must-see sights (and enjoying the food) but, strictly entre nous, I may have an ulterior motive ;)
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:02 PM
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Mum's the word, Madge!

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:28 PM
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Mum's the word, Madge!

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"Mum". I rather aim for the Sheila E end of the maternal spectrum.

But yeah, your discretion is much appreciated!
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A wonderful choice. You have good ears, I love those cymbals.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:38 AM
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Many thanks! All I need now is a kit to put them on. :D

Here's a couple more things we saw:


Blue Mosque by grimsbytog, on Flickr


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Old 03-29-2015, 11:09 AM
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Incidentally, you paid a very fair price for those. A few years ago in the UK that would have been possible but Istanbuls have been going up in price. I bought a 20" ride (that I still have) 10 years ago for 140 - you probably wouldn't find that any more. 240 for that set is very reasonable.
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Many thanks! All I need now is a kit to put them on. :D
I've got a kit you can put them on....
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They look fabulous! What else did you see in the drum shop?
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:05 PM
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i have both Galata & Dervish series Amedia cymbals (amongst others). Great to see the inspiration for the series names :)

The price you paid for your cymbal set is stunning, as is the quality of sound you'll get :)

Good luck on the rest of your journey.
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I didn't know Duncan (BacteriumFendYoke) moonlighted as a dervish.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:46 PM
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Thanks again for your kind words. Seems I made a good purchase. :D

Saw lots of stuff - too much to list.

Teveth, the guy in Senkop, reckoned I'd be better off with a set of Mapex Mars drums rather than the Yamaha Stage Customs. He reckoned they were as good as the Yams but for less cash. Any thoughts?
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LOVE the other photos, and would appreciate seeing more of your visit if you are so inclined. You did some very nice photography.

The dancing girls are really ugly, but the photo is great! :) :) :) :)

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Old 03-29-2015, 10:37 PM
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Nice cymbals, that was a good buy. Nice pics, too. You're on your way . . . . .
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:01 AM
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Teveth, the guy in Senkop, reckoned I'd be better off with a set of Mapex Mars drums rather than the Yamaha Stage Customs. He reckoned they were as good as the Yams but for less cash. Any thoughts?
One man's opinion. There are a million of them. I'm sure he had nothing but your best interests at heart. I'd probably agree with him too. Mapex makes some warm sounding drums.

The point is, the only thing that matters, is your opinion of the drums.

Make the drums an emotional purchase. The more you want them, the better. Pretend you're picking out a wife. One who really turns you on. Take your time and sample the flavors. Make a list of kits that intrigue you and seek them out and take sticks to them. (Bring a drumkey)

You can get 900 different tones from the same drum, so keep that in mind when you play all the crap tuned drums out there. Get a finish that you just love, with a tone that trips your trap, bam, job done.

Then you go home and tackle the REAL reason you go through all this hassle, to PLAY them and improve yourself as a drummer, and by default, a person.

You may be the first person in DW history to take the advise given in such a timely manner. You're either highly gullible or highly intelligent lol. I'm just funnin ya. You did good man
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I agree with Larry: play the drums you want first. If you find two sets you love... try them out blindfolded, to really see what sounds better to your ear.

Gorgeous cymbals by the way, those will keep you quite happy!
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:27 PM
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LOVE the other photos, and would appreciate seeing more of your visit if you are so inclined. You did some very nice photography.
You're too kind. They're only point and shoot shots, some from my iPhone.


Blue Mosque Interior by grimsbytog, on Flickr


Grand Bazaar Pots by grimsbytog, on Flickr

Oh and here's another pair of cymbals bought for me by my colleagues just in case I didn't get any.


Tiny Cymbals by grimsbytog, on Flickr

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Thanks again to one and all for your words of support and guidance.
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Beautiful, beautiful pics! Thanks for posting.

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Old 04-12-2015, 11:20 AM
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Back in Blighty for a few days. Just made a cheeky offer on a kit. Don't suppose it'll be accepted but you never know. :D

My Sultans made the trip home ok too. Put the hi hats and crash into my luggage and hand carried the ride. Nobody from the airline even commented on the 20" bag I was carrying. :D
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:52 PM
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Awesome pics Mart, nice little cymbals, too. Although they might look a bit odd if you want to mount them on a cymbal stand.
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.... these were the ones I fell in love with. To my untrained ears they sounded great.

They are Istanbul Mehmet Sultans and I ended up getting them in set form and they are a 20" ride, 16" crash and 14" hi hats. The set cost me around 245.
You did good. Found the cymbals you liked best.
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:37 PM
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Thanks guys. Alas my cheeky bid on a kit failed. Fear not, I'm off to Manchester Drum Centre tomorrow or Tuesday. Will I come home empty handed? Well that remains to be seen. :)
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:24 PM
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My Sultans made the trip home ok too. Put the hi hats and crash into my luggage and hand carried the ride. Nobody from the airline even commented on the 20" bag I was carrying. :D
Phew, that's good! I've been told that cymbals don't always travel well because they're sensitive to the cold, but yours were evidently well wrapped-up. Never having even made it as far as England with mine (about 10 miles away, if that), I wouldn't know.

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Fear not, I'm off to Manchester Drum Centre tomorrow or Tuesday. Will I come home empty handed? Well that remains to be seen. :)
Oh gosh, I wonder.

I think you should also buy Mrs Mart a horse, if she doesn't already have at least one. There's nothing else I know of that is equally absorbing/demanding. If she has one/several, she won't even notice that you're drumming. I have just realised exactly where I've been going wrong all these years.
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Thanks Madge. The Sultans appear unscathed. The ones in the hold were buried deep inside the centre of my suitcases. The ride was in a nice warm cabin with me.

Not sure how my wife would take to a horse. I'll suggest it tho. :D

MDC has the Yamaha Stage Customs and Mapex Mars kits set up in store so I'll be sure to have a go on both sets. Alas I don't think they have the colours I want in stock tho.
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Not sure how my wife would take to a horse. I'll suggest it tho. :D

MDC has the Yamaha Stage Customs and Mapex Mars kits set up in store so I'll be sure to have a go on both sets. Alas I don't think they have the colours I want in stock tho.
Re horse: I have the very one, and I'll give you a good price!

Re kits: leave your eyes at home. If it sounds good - and by all accounts, you have good ears - and it feels good, you can wait for the finish you want.
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Great choice of cymbals, and a great story associated with their purchase.
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I been a naughty boy. Was going for natural wood but fell in love with this one:

http://flic.kr/p/rPHTnU

Yeah, I know, it's white but it sounded great and screamed "Buy me!"

Collect it tomorrow lunchtime. It's just the 5 piece excluding the 8" Tom pictured.

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Nice pick, Mart. There's nothing wrong with white (in my eyes anyway). They look good, and if your ears think they're good, then you made the right choice.
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I been a naughty boy. Was going for natural wood but fell in love with this one:

http://flic.kr/p/rPHTnU

Yeah, I know, it's white but it sounded great and screamed "Buy me!"

Collect it tomorrow lunchtime. It's just the 5 piece excluding the 8" Tom pictured.
Very solid choice. I'd recommend Yamaha over nearly everything.

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My dream kit is white.



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Oh well done there - congratulations! The arctic white Finish Yamaha is doing on their Hybrid Maple series is awesome. I'm also a fan of Gretsch's "aged" white finishes. I'm a Yamaha fan so I think you've chosen very well!
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Thanks for your kind words guys. Can't wait to get them home. I'm heading back to Istanbul on Wednesday and may wait until I come home to build the kit. How long is that wait going to seem?
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I always liked Stage Customs, but never really cared too much for white drums -
until I saw this NAMM demo introducing the new series:
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They look great, sound great, and the price is right.
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I like how you picked up the cymbals first, and in Istanbul no less. Solid choice on the drums as well. Best of all is that you bought everything based on what you thought sounded best. I think you're going to have yourself a very nice drum kit.
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I have never owned one, but one cannot really go wrong with Yamaha. Enjoy!
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Nice kit. I'd go back and get the 8, and maybe a 16 while I had the chance.

It's a bummer they changed the stands to double braced though.
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