Mel Lewis was Istanbul’s first endorser. After his death in 1990 and with the blessing of his family, Mel’s chosen cymbals were flown back to their factory and used as models for what would become his Signature Series. Every detail of every individual cymbal has been taken in with exacting detail and replicated by the hands of their cymbal smiths. These cymbals are Istanbul’s way of paying tribute to Mel’s legacy in the best way they know how.
A musical, well defined ping but with plenty of body and musical overtones. A very clear and pronounced bell.