Our founder, Agop Tomurcuk, was born in Istanbul-Turkey in 1941. Growing up in the Samatya neighborhood of Istanbul, he followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Oksant and Garbis, by beginning work as an apprentice cymbal-smith at the age of 9 at the only cymbal factory in Turkey. Here, Agop learned, and later helped to refine every aspect of the cymbal making process, becoming a master at every process and eventually becoming the chief cymbal-smith, until that company ceased production of their cymbals in Turkey in 1977.
Feeling “like a fish out of water,” after a little over a year spent working various odd jobs, Agop became to determined to continue the Turkish tradition of handmade cymbals on his own. With a little bit of asking around, he was able to locate and buy up much of the equipment and tools he used at his previous company. He rented a small workshop in the Bakırköy-Kartaltepe area of Istanbul, and began to experiment and produce some cymbals with the help of his dear wife, Uskui Tomurcuk. But the limited resources and manpower made things very difficult.
“At the end of the day, my father’s cousin once brought him home by carrying him on his back” explains Agop’s son and now company Co-President, Arman Tomurcuk. Eventually, he was able to set up a small, but functional factory and his older brother, Oksant joined the company as chief cymbalsmith. They began by selling cymbals locally to some music stores in Istanbul’s Tünel area, but the prospects of this were limited.

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Traditional Series
Where it all began. Completely lathed on top and bottom, producing rich and warm overtones and a highly musical presence. They are available in weights ranging from paper thin to heavy, offering a wide array of choices to compliment any style of music. Dark Ride – Available in 20″, 21″, 22″ 24″ and 26″. Original Ride […]
Joey Waronker
Designed to stand out both in the studio and live. Joey’s Signature 24″ ride employs lighter, more even hammering, a medium weight and finer lathing to achieve a clear and focused stick sound. When crashed, the attack is glassy and focused with an even and balanced decay. The new 14″ Hi Hats offer a very […]
Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis was the first Istanbul Agop endorser. After his death in 1990 and with the blessing of his family, Mel’s chosen cymbals were flown back to the 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 […]
Special Edition
The Special Edition series are designed to capture the qualities of two of our most popular jazz cymbals, the Agop Signature and Mel Lewis series. Combining a unique vintage style lathing on top with a very light Agop Signature style lathing on bottom, the Special Edition series combines dark and complex overtones with a smoother […]
Idris Muhammad
Developed in collaboration with Idris. The unlathed bottom, special hammering techniques and thick bell give Idris’ ride all the dynamic range and musicality that Idris himself is famous for. Ride – Available in 22″.
Agop
The master cymbal smith Agop Tomurcuk lived a life dedication to hand made craftsmanship and innovation in cymbal design. His small notebook contained a lifetime of cymbal making secrets and ideas for the eventual creation of this series. These cymbals are made according to these exacting specifications. They were the last Project of his life. […]
XIST Series
By combining more modern production techniques with traditional cymbal making processes, we are able to offer professional quality at a price that is accessible to drummers at any level. Available in Natural and Brilliant finish. Xist Traditional Lathed Finish Ride – Available in 20″, 21″, 22″ and 24″. Crash – Available in 14″ – 20″ and 22″. Hi-hat – Available in […]
30th Anniversary
Each 30th Anniversary Series Cymbal begins with its own uniquely hand shaped bell, followed by intense, deep and comprehensive hammering and is finished with our own unique pre-aging process.
Band & Orchestral
The Bronze’s sonic qualities and world famous craftsmanship of Istanbul Agop make these cymbals the perfect choice for all percussionists who are seeking warmth, volume, richness and purity in their cymbals. Series Istanbul Agop offers Band & Orchestral cymbals in many series; 30th Anniversary, Traditional Orchestra, Traditional Marching, Traditional Super Symphonic, Xist Orchestra, Xist Marching […]
Turk
Completed unlathed to capture the most raw and organic characteristics possible. Dry, with rich, yet controlled overtones.
Cindy Blackman
The Cindy Blackman Santana OM Series was designed in conjunction with Cindy to capture the vibier, more dynamic cymbal sounds from the golden era of Jazz.Focused, metallic sticking with a dark, dry wash and a thunderous crash make this ride a perfect choise for Jazz, Indi Rock, or any situation calling for the classic 60’s […]
Sultan
Slightly darker and more dry than Traditional Series Cymbals. The unlathed band on the top of each cymbal enhances sticking, controls overtones and gives the cymbal a slightly quicker decay. Unlathed bells enhance the darker musicality of this series.
Lenny White
Signature Epoch Ride developed in collaboration with Lenny. It was heavily inspired by a ride which was given to Wallace Roney by the late, great Tony Williams that Lenny used to play while working with Wallace. The Epoch Crashes feature a deep, warm, but not overly complex crash with a quick decay due to their […]

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Artists

Ruben van der Velde (NL)
Als tiener ontwikkelde Ruben een grote liefde voor drummen. Wanneer hij vrije tijd had, dook hij achter zijn drumstel om aan zijn technieken te werken. Het volgen van workshops (voornamelijke jazz, het genre waar hij in deze periode het meest van leerde), leverde hier een grote bijdrage aan. In zijn middelbare schooltijd begon hij met […]
Femke Krone (NL)
Renowned Percussionist Femke Krone, performed with dozens of artists in her professional career. A career that started early… Femke, daughter of a Latvian ballet dancer and Dutch sports teacher with a passion for jazz music, received her first drum set at age 4. At high school, the drum seat was already taken, and Femke found […]
Santo Scinta (B)
Bands: Alice on the roof Salvatore Adamo Philippe Lafontaine Quentin Mosimann BJ Scott Perry Rose
Lean Robbemont (NL)
Lean Robbemont, geboren op 30 mei 1986 te Rotterdam. Geïnspireerd door drummers als Tony Williams en Steve Gadd, is Lean vastbesloten om Jazz te studeren in Rotterdam. Hier raakt hij in contact met Joost Kroon en kwam via hem terecht bij Leona Philippo en viel hij o.a in bij New Cool Collective. In 2010 wordt […]
Stefan Lehmann (D)
Stefan Lehmann is the drummer of the german folk/rock band Torfrock. He lives in Hamburg, Germany. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry Stefan Lehmann has performed live on stage and was opener for acts such as Nazareth, Status Quo, Carlene Carter, Die Toten Hosen and many more. Stefan began as a […]

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