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The brand name "Istanbul®" was chosen by two cymbalsmiths, Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk, who would both sign each cymbal made. Then, in 1984 the Istanbul cymbals were first exported to America, but under the name "Zildjiler". The "Istanbul" name was soon after adopted. Some of the first cymbals to arrive in USA are now collector items. In 1997 Agop died (RIP). At that time two significant events happened. Mehmet assumed control of the factory and Mehmet applied his name to Istanbul cymbal, calling it the Istanbul Mehmet cymbal. However, some of Agop's family members continue Agop's work and created their line of cymbals Istanbul Agop. Artdrum carries Istanbul Mehmet.
Mehmet cymbals still follow the tried and true methods that were used by the founders, Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk. And probably for that reason, many drummers consider the Istanbul Mehmet cymbals to be their number one, favorite cymbals!