Meinl Cymbals has quickly risen in popularity to become one of the leading cymbal manufacturers today. Many drummers know Meinl for the Byzance line, which is made in Turkey, cast from B20 bronze, and shaped by hand-hammering.
The Byzance cymbal line, while cemented among drummers as a professional level, high-quality choice, only covers the darker side of the tonal spectrum. This is why we developed the Pure Alloy line of cymbals; to be the high-quality choice of drummers looking for clean tones from their cymbals.
What is a clean tone?
Byzance cymbals are often described as having a dark or warm sound. This comes from the combination of B20 alloy and hand-hammered shaping, which builds that darker complexity into the cymbal by creating an uneven surface riddled with craters from thousands of hand-hammered strikes. To some, this is the sound they seek. When they find that one cymbal, it becomes a sacred tool of expression to be guarded with their life. However, some drummers prefer a pure tone that speaks fully and with great clarity. This is Pure Alloy, made in Germany, where precise hammering and lathing creates the other voice sought after in cymbals.
The Pure Alloy 15” Medium Hihats have been one of the most popular models from this line.
Many of our artists quickly started using these hats with their Byzance set and liked the results. You can find examples of this in some of our artist performance videos. This hihat has a nice blend of highs and lows, making them sit perfectly in a mix. They feature a thin top over a medium-thin bottom, which gives them a lush feel, and makes them a great hihat pair to support any groove.
The Pure Alloy 18” Medium Crash has that perfect classic crash sound.
It’s bright with a mid-punch, but the full tonal spectrum in the medium sustain adds a touch of shimmer and sparkle on top. It will penetrate a mix, but without being overly bold. If you like playing with two 18” crashes, consider pairing this with an 18” Byzance, which would be darker and lower pitched to provide contrast.
The Pure Alloy 20” Medium Crash strikes a great balance between the bright and dark worlds of cymbals.
The weight makes it very versatile as well. If you were to have only one crash on your kit, this is one you should consider. Crash it, use it as a light ride, or crash/wash ride; it will do it all well, and sit nicely in the mix with a full tonal spectrum and shimmer.