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Zildjian Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of K Custom Hybrid Cymbals

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 1, 2016

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AkiraJimbo_lowresThe Avedis Zildjian Company is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most popular cymbal lines, the K Custom Hybrid line of cymbals.  Developed in 2006 in collaboration with drummer, Akira Jimbo, the K Custom Hybrid models combine an unlathed, brilliant finish on the inner half of each cymbal with the traditionally finished K Zildjian lathing on the outer half.  This results in the possibility of two different sound dynamics depending where the cymbal is played.  Additionally, the unlathed section is designed to help to control the wash and sustain, rendering them ideal for recording sessions and live performances.

To commemorate this anniversary, Zildjian once again worked with Akira Jimbo to create a Limited Edition pair of 14” K Custom Hybrid Reversible HiHats.  Unlike standard HiHats, the Reversible Hats do not have a designated “top” or “bottom” cymbal, meaning each is interchangeable, giving you greater variety of tonal possibilities with a single pair.

On one cymbal, the inner half features the popular half lathed/half unlathed finish found with the current K Custom Hybrid line. 

On the other cymbal, the inner half has a traditional finish, while the outer half is unlathed with a brilliant finish. This cymbal also features the “reverse Mastersound edge hammering” which is designed to eliminate airlock where areas between hammer marks strike the other cymbal, creating a softer Mastersound tone.

The Limited Edition 14” K Custom Reversible HiHats are now available until the end of 2016.  For more information on these cymbals and the K Custom Hybrid line, please visit

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