socialstream
our-cymbal-range

Our Cymbal Range

We believe our cymbals speak for themselves. Browse our cymbal series below.

shufflin-with-funky-rick-latham Unmute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

work

History

Mehmet Tamdeger learned his art from Mikhail Zilcan, the grandson of Kerope Zilcan, after whom the Zilcan K series is named. In the 1950s, he worked in the K. Zilcan factory in Istanbul. At the age of nine Mehmet Tamdeğer started to work for Mikhail Zilcan, grandson of Kerope Zilcan. Mikhail Zilcan and Kirkor Küçükyan taught him every aspect of this ancient Turkish art, based on a history that stems back to the early 17th century.

 

the-brand

The Brand

The Istanbul brand name was adopted by a cymbal works established by two cymbalsmiths, Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk. At that time, they had over three decades of cymbal making experience. Mehmet and Agop named their company after the city that has been home to the epitome of high quality cymbals for many, many years: Istanbul. These cymbals were first exported to the U.S. in 1984, first under the name “Zildjiler”, and soon afterwards as “Istanbul”. Both craftsmen signed each cymbal and many of these cymbals are now collectors’ items.

our-service

Our Dealers

We believe in a diverse range of talent and personality brings creative skills and ideas to the web.

Albania

Euro Unit D.O.O
Slakovec 73
40305 Nedelisce Croatia
Phone: +385 040 829 440
Website: www.euro-unit.com
E-Mail: sales@euro-unit.com

Argentina

Pablo Bendov
Calle 69 1110 La Plata
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: 15 3431 9796
Website: www.istanbulmehmet.com.ar
E-Mail: info@istanbulmehmet.com.ar

Brasil

Coda Music
Rua Olga de Campos Rodrigues, 351
Tietê, SP, Brasil
Phone: 55 (11) 2476 1072 / (11) 97315-7730
Website: www.codamusic.com.br
E-Mail: info@codamusic.com.br

France

SAS. JMD

Parc d’activité de l’ours
Route de l’escale  Entrepôt B5
30390 DOMAZAN
Phone: 04 66 37 80 68 / 06 66 34 97 59
E-Mail: contact@mdj-music.com

Norway

Hornaas Musikk AS
Storgata 43 0182
Oslo Norway
Phone: +4723327770
Website: www.hornaas.no
E-Mail: bjorn@hornaas.no

Romania

Morsound & Co SRL
Str. Unirii nr. 82 bl.C1, sc.C, ap.10
220133 Turnu Severin Mehedinti Romania
Phone: 00 40 (0)723 149 489
Website: www.morsound.ro
E-Mail: razvan.slama@morsound.ro

Switzerland

Monky5
Oberrieterstrasse 31
9450 Altstaetten
Schweiz
Phone: +4171 755 52 62
Website: www.monky5.ch
E-Mail: ue@monky5.ch

United Kingdom

Istanbul Mehmet UK
Unit 4, Industrial Road, Washington, Tyne & Wear. NE37 2SF.
Phone: + 44 (0) 191 418 7113
Website: www.istanbulmehmet.co.uk
E-Mail: info@istanbulmehmet.co.uk

team

The Family

We believe in a family which creates the world's finest cymbals.

See More

Mr. Mehmet

Mr. Mehmet

The Godfather View Details
Bulent Akbay

Bulent Akbay

Head of A & R View Details
Paul Elliot

Paul Elliot

Artist View Details
Jonathan Moffet

Jonathan Moffet

Artist View Details
Mr. Mehmet

Mr. Mehmet

The Godfather

Mehmet Tamdeger’s mentor was Mikkail Zilcan, who taught him everything the master craftsmen knew about cymbal making. Mehmet was born in the same small village outside Istanbul, Turkey where cymbal making is thought to have been developed in 1623. Zilcan taught Mehmet’s best childhood friend, Agop Tomarcuk, the same trade. After Mr. Zilcan’s passing, Mehmet and Agop established their own company, Istanbul Cymbals. Both men took personal care over the company, hand making and signing each and every product. After the death of Agop in a 1997 tragic boat fire, Mehmet kept control of the factory, selling cymbals under the Istanbul Mehmet name, while members of Agop’s family established their own company and produces the Istanbul Agop line. Our interview with Mehmet for the NAMM Oral History program was completed in Frankfurt Germany on March 30, 2006.

Bulent Akbay

Bulent Akbay

Head of A & R

Bulent Akbay was born in Istanbul and was interested in playing the drums at an early age. He played throughout school and like other drummers in the area he was always looking for a place to play. This need led Bulent to forming his own drum studio and school, which later included a retail element of the business. His connections within the percussion world afforded him the chance to meet and get to know the cymbal master Mehmet Tamdeger, who later hired Bulent as a product tester.

Paul Elliot

Paul Elliot

Artist

In a career spanning over 30 years, Paul has established himself as one of Europe’s leading drummers and is highly respected as a player, clinician and educator.

His playing and recording credits include internationally renowned artists such as Shaun Baxter, Frank Gambale, Guthrie Govan, Stu Hamm, Richard Niles and John Wheatcroft.

As a drum clinician, Paul has performed extensively around the world as an independent artist, and has also shared the stage with various legendary drummers, including Steve Smith, Manu Katche, Simon Phillips, Akira Jimbo, Gary Husband, Mark Mondesir, Sonny Emory, Erik Smith, Richard Bailey, Gary Chaffee and Steve Houghton.

Jonathan Moffet

Jonathan Moffet

Artist

Jonathan’s set-up includes the Session Series for mellow traditional cymbals sounds combined with excellent bright attack of the Mehemt Radiant cymbals.

Jonathan was only six years old when he took his first steps into the world of drumming. From that point on his knowledge and talent grew with him. Further into he career, Jonathan showed he wasn’t only just a drummer. He wrote, arranged, produced and performed backing vocals on a song for the Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall hit movie Coming to America for Paramount Pictures. After this he began his first association with pop legend Elton John, which led his to be part of two US tours, one European tour, a UK tour and the recording of Elton’s Sleeping with the past album. Jonathan’s drumming experience kept getting bigger and better and he can now say he has drummed for many well-known artists including The Jacksons, Lionel Richie, George Michael and Madonna.

our-studio

The Factory

Machines don't have ears. That's why we continue to make our cymbals according to the ancient tradition - with an open eye towards the music that's being made now, and in the future.

Istanbul Mehmet Factory
Istanbul Mehmet Factory
Istanbul Mehmet Factory
Istanbul Mehmet Factory
Istanbul Mehmet Factory
quote


“Machines don’t have ears. That’s why we continue to make our cymbals according to the ancient tradition – with an open eye towards the music that’s being made now, and in the future.”

Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals

If you have any questions, just complete the following form and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.