Istanbul Agop Cymbals

Browse a full range of Istanbul Agop Cymbals at Drum Central. Including the best selling Xist range and the classic sounding Traditional range. Free shipping on orders over £100

Istanbul in Turkey has long held the title of capital of the cymbal making world with the tradition of hand making cymbals dating back to the 16th Century there. Formed by Agop Tomurcuk around 1978 after the original K factory where he was foreman closed down, Istanbul Agop helped keep alive the art of hand made cymbals when the efficiency of mechanised production lines had all but replaced it. Istanbul Agop Cymbals embrace the ancient traditions of Turkish, hand-hammered cymbals but take a progressive approach toward sound, design and manufacturing.

The Traditional Range of Istanbul Agop cymbals are arguably some of the finest cymbals we have in store. Oozing with class and sophistication each cymbal is a work of art. You'll even find it hand signed by the artisan that created it.

Ironically one of their most popular ranges is one of Istanbul Agop's machine finished cymbal ranges. Istanbul Agop Xist offer a chance for drummers to have a shot of this sought after brand without having to commit to the expense of hand made cymbals.  We couldn't recommend them higher. At their price range they really are unrivalled and sound like they should cost a lot more than they do. This is largely to do with the fact that they still use a B20 Bronze the same as high end cymbals. Istanbul do offer a cheaper range of B8 cymbals for beginners called Istanbul Art.

To mark 30 years in business Istanbul Agop released the Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary cymbals which feature extremely rare hand sculpted bells. The eye catching Custom Series of cymbals offer drummers something a little bit drier with great stick definition.

Despite being a relatively new name on the cymbal making block (compared to some of the bigger turkish companies) Istanbul Agop have some pretty big hitting endorsers, including Cindy Blackman of Santana who has not one but two signature ranges with Istanbul. The Om and The Mantra ranges. The Mel Lewis range is unique, in that rather than designing a new cymbal range, these cymbals are a recreation of the ones he used throughout his career. Other signature ranges are available from  Joey Waronker, and Idris Muhammed, Sterling and Lenny White's Epoch. There's even an Agop signature range by the cymbal smith who started the entire company.