Istanbul Mehmet 15" Erik Smith Versa Hi-Hat
Brand: Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals
- Hand crafted in Istanbul, Turkey
- In X-Jazz finish with a bit heavier top and bottom for more volume, precision and definition.
- Ideal for all types of music.
- From Jazz and Fusion to Rock and Metal.
- Available in 14",15-inch
Details: Erik Smith is a long time endorser of Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals, and has three signature cymbals with Istanbul Mehmet, the 22″ Erik Smith Swish Ride, 22″ Erik Smith Versa Ride and the 14",15″ Erik Smith Versa Hats. More Signature cymbals are in the planning, so watch this space! Erik started out into the world of music as a child at the age of 3 when be began to play piano and drums. From here it was clear Erik was going to be a star. He began teaching drums when he was just 15 years old and his musical career spiraled from here. Today, Erik is recognised as one of Europes most respected and versatile drummers and respected by many, after working with many well known artists such as Michael Bolton, Art Garfunkel, Neil Sedaka, Josh Groban, Donna Summer, Engelbert Humperdinck, John Miles, Boney M, Johnny Logan, Wenche Myhre, Lisa Nilsson, Samantha Fox, Carlene Carter, Al Jearrau, Randy Crawford, Frank Gambale, Bobby Shew, Andy Sheppard, Eddie Daniels, Niels Landgren, Bart Van Lier, Bill Champlin, Phil Woods, Putte Wickman, Ed Palermo, Django Bates, Bob Mintzer, Hector Bingert, DeeDee Bridgewater and Gerald Wilson. The Istanbul Mehmet Signature Cymbals signifies an excellent variety of some of the best cymbals offered from some of the finest drummers on the scene today.
ABOUT ISTANBUL MEHMET CYMBALS - 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. 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 Istanbul brand name was adopted by a cymbal works established by two cymbal smiths, 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. After Agop Tomurcuk's unexpected death in July 1996, Mehmet decided to continue the production of cymbals under his own name, İstanbul Mehmet. A lot has changed since then, but his belief in the richness and the character of a handmade cymbal will always remain. 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.