NAMM 2019 – Meinl Byzance Foundry Reserve Series

The Byzance Foundry Reserve collection is a limited selection of cymbals that showcases the stunning, sonically rich works of art that our cymbalsmiths create with layers of tonality and nuance; however, that is only half of the beauty, as they are visually striking from the one-of-a-kind hand-hammered marks.

The extra hammering creates many deep craters across the surface. When this hammering is coupled with the fully lathed top and bottom, it produces a clear, dry stick-attack note over a lush bed of low undertones – otherwise known as “the roar.”

Meinl Byzance Foundry Reserve Hi Hats

The Byzance Foundry Reserve hi hats feature a thin top over a medium thin bottom. This weight combination produces a versatile hi hat that works both in the studio and on stage for many situations, especially where touch and nuance are required. The stick response is warm, fat and has a nice sizzle when slightly opened. The foot chick is strong and well-balanced with tonality. Great for a wide variety of gigs.

Meinl Byzance Foundry Reserve Crash, 18in

The Byzance Foundry Reserve crash features a very dark and explosive response that quickly decays and additionally can be used as a light ride cymbal for drummers looking to maximise a minimal cymbal set. This comes from the combination of extensive hand-hammering in addition to the fully lathed surface. The medium weight gives the crash a full-bodied sound at its apex.

Meinl Byzance Foundry Reserve Light Ride

The Byzance Foundry Reserve Light Ride is a very versatile cymbal with the thin weight and easily fits the personality of the player. It may become your favourite thin jazz ride with its dark and brooding light wash; however, it can also quickly activate into a musical crash. Starting with the extensive hand-hammering, the smith forms the low fundamental pitch, dark tonality, and rich harmonics you hear. The fully lathed surface gives the stick definition a clear attack followed by a lush spread of undertones. It responds easily to mallets too.

Meinl Byzance Foundry Reserve Ride

The Byzance Foundry Reserve Ride features a dry stick-attack followed by a complex character carried along in a controlled spread. Undergoing extra time with the cymbalsmith, every ride develops a deep foundation from the extensive hand-hammering building up to a rich character. This complex array of harmonics would be buried in the cymbal if not for the fully lathed surface which opens the cymbal for that rich tonality to escape. The medium-thin weight provides enough body for a strong definition to drive a band, but is thin enough to open for crashing as well.