Meinl Percussion

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Meinl Percussion
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1951; 64 years ago (1951)
Founder Roland Meinl
Headquarters Gutenstetten, Germany
Products Percussion instruments

Meinl Percussion is a leading manufacturer of percussion instruments, based in Gutenstetten, Germany.


The company, founded in 1951 by Roland Meinl, commercializes a wide range of products that includes bendirs, batá drums, berimbaus, bodhráns, bongo drums, cabasas, cajons, castanets, chimes, congas, cowbells, cymbals, darbukas, didgeridoos, djembes, djembefolas, doumbeks, güiras, güiros, hand drums, jingle bells, kanjiras, maracas, marimbulas, mbiras, pandeiros, pleneras, repiniques, shakers, surdos, tablas, talking drums, tambourines, timbaus and triangles, among others.[1]

Meinl and Paiste are the two main manufacturers of cymbals with a European sound, derived from Turkish as opposed to Chinese cymbal making tradition and seen by some as a subset of the Turkish sound family. The European sound has more consistency, focus and penetration, as opposed to the more blending and individual sounds of more traditional Turkish cymbals. The close relationship between the two makers' tone families is most obvious in their entry level cymbals over the years, where the two ranges have often been identical alloy for alloy and model for model, distinguished one from the other mainly by the logos, and all produced in Germany, where they are the two dominant cymbal manufacturers. Both makers strenuously deny ever sharing production facilities, however.

Meinl are unique among the four major mass-producers of cymbals, in that the alloy of their top of the line cymbals has normally been malleable bronze (B8, 8% tin) rather than bell bronze. Their professional bell bronze range, Byzance, is a relatively recent addition to their product lines. Other manufacturers have produced professional B8 lines, most notably the Paiste 2002 line, but always alongside more traditional alloys for their top lines. Meinl also make high-end cymbals from B12 bronze.


Current cymbal series:

Various Meinl Cymbals
  • Mb20: Professional cymbals made specifically for louder music, made out of the B20 bronze alloy (80% copper, 20% tin, with traces of silver).
  • Byzance: Professional cymbals which produce more traditional sounds, available in either Jazz, Traditional, Dark, Brilliant, Extra Dry models and their newly released Vintage series. They are made out of the B20 alloy and are hand hammered in Turkey.
  • M Series: Professional cymbals made from the B20 alloy (80% Copper, and 20% Tin). Instead of being cast and hand hammered in Turkey like the Mb20 and Byzance series, the casting and computerized hammering is done in the Meinl factory in Germany.
  • Soundcaster (Custom and Fusion): Professional cymbals made from a B12 bronze alloy (88% copper, 12% tin, with traces of silver). The Customs are very brilliant cymbals, with a glassy and warm tone, and the Fusion models are similar but with dual lathing.
  • Mb10: One of the few manufacturers to use a 90% copper, 10% tin alloy for cymbals. They are said to have a cutting, yet warm sound.
  • Mb8: Professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy (92% copper, 8% tin, with traces of silver). They are made with high-tech computerized hammering, and they have a bright cutting sound.
  • Generation X: Meinl's line of innovative modern cymbals developed with such artists as Johnny Rabb, Benny Greb, and Thomas Lang.
  • Classics: Intermediate-level cymbals made from the B8 bronze alloy.
  • MCS: Intermediate/Pre-Professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy, available in a pre-pack cymbal set or single cymbals consisting of 14" Medium Hi-hat's, 16" Medium Crashes, 18" Ride/Crashes, and 20" Rides.
  • HCS: Beginner/Entry-level cymbals made from a MS63 brass alloy. They are the least expensive cymbals by Meinl.

Series Meinl Descontinuadas

  • BCS
  • Laser
  • Meteor
  • Live Sound
  • Amun
  • Raker
  • Profile
  • Headliner

Meinl has begun releasing many signature rides, crashes, and hats. The current ones up for sale are the following:

  • Benny Greb's 12"/14" Generation-X Trash Hat, 20" and 22" Byzance Vintage Sand Ride, 14" Byzance Vintage Sand Hat
  • Thomas Lang's 13", and 14" Byzance Brilliant Fast Hat and his 16", 17" and 18" crashes in the gen-x series, along with the 8"-16" filter china's.
  • Wolfgang Haffner's 20" and 22" Byzance Jazz Club Ride
  • Flo Dauner's 16" Mb10 Fat Hat
  • Rodney Holmes' 14" Byzance Dark Spectrum Hi-Hat, and 22" Byzance Dark Spectrum Ride
  • Chris Adler's 24" Mb20 Pure Metal Ride
  • Derek Roddy's 21" Byzance Brilliant Serpents Ride, 13" Byzance Brilliant Serpents Hihat
  • Johnny Rabb's 12" Safari Hat, 16" Safari Crash, 18" Safari Ride
  • Trevor Lawrence Jr.'s 22" Byzance Dark Stadium Ride
  • Brann Dailor's 21" Mb8 Ghost Ride
  • Mike Johnston's 21" Byzance Transition Ride


Notable artists include:

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