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Meinl 22" Byzance Dark Ride Cymbal  From Meinl

Dark, earthy, with a short sustain and a defined ping and bell.


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What We Think

Meinl's Byzance Dark series of cymbals was launched with the idea of giving modern drummers dark and complex tonal palettes to choose from, and this 22" used ride is sure to provide an excellent timepiece. This cymbal is largely unlathed and extensively hammered, resulting in a heavy cymbal with plenty of warmth and complexity. When played at a lower volume, this cymbal possesses a dark mosaic of tones that builds in intensity the harder you play. Really digging into this cymbal results in an extremely earthy, almost gong-like tone. Playing the body produces decent stick definition, but this cymbal's bell is what really grabbed my ear. Bright and cutting, with a very definite ping, the bell has enough power and projection to be heard over almost anything. 

As a used piece, this cymbal is in excellent condition. There are no signs of cracks, keyholing, or flea bites, and the dark finish of this cymbal means that stick marks are largely obscured. 

Manufacturer's Description from Meinl

The warm darkness of traditional hand hammered cymbals is re-imagined with Byzance. Each range is hand crafted by MEINL artisans at our foundry in Turkey, then given sound-enhancing final touches by our craftsmen in Germany. Six different ranges offer a choice of feels and sounds for virtually every style of music. Best of all, with Byzance your sound is all yours, because every Byzance cymbal is a one-of-a-kind.


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About Manufacturer


Only MEINL uses 6 different alloys for crafting cymbals, which is more than any other cymbal maker is using today. Because of that, we are able to offer the widest selection of basic cymbal sound characteristics available. Striving for the realization of any possible sound idea makes it necessary to have this diversity, the background in and knowledge of all those different materials.

Constantly trained and highly qualified employees master all challenges within our production team. Most of them are drummers themselves! And if someone is not and starts working for us, we pay for the drum lessons. They know why they are doing what they do, and don’t consider it just another 9 to 5 job. It’s that dedication which makes the difference you can hear!



Meinl Byzance Dark Ride Cymbal Features:

  • Styles- Pop, Fusion, Jazz, Funk, RNB, Reggae, Studio, World, Electro
  • Timbre- Mid-Dark
  • Character- Natural, Earthy
  • Pitch Low-Mid
  • Volume- Medium
  • Sustain- Medium to Short
  • Weight- 2990g
  • Finish- Dark
  • Material- B20
  • Lathe- Abraded