Meinl Percussion

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Meinl Percussion
Private
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1951; 65 years ago (1951)
Founder Roland Meinl
Headquarters Gutenstetten, Germany
Products 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
Website meinlpercussion.com

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

History[edit]

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.

Products[edit]

Current cymbal series

Various Meinl Cymbals
  • Byzance - Professional cymbals which produce more traditional sounds. They are made out of the B20 alloy and are hand hammered in Turkey. Available in six variations (hence the motto "Six Degrees of Darkness"):
    • Byzance Traditional ("Dark Warmth") - These cymbals are said to be warm and versatile, with a traditional sound. They come in a traditional finish.
    • Byzance Vintage ("Dark Shimmer") - They feature a dry, low-pitched controlled sound. Most of the cymbals of this line come in a unique sandblasted finish.
    • Byzance Jazz ("Dark Tonality") - The cymbals from this line have a dark and tonally complex sound. They come in a traditional finish.
    • Byzance Extra Dry ("Dark Definition") - As the name suggests, these unlathed raw cymbals are very dry, low-pitched and trashy.
    • Byzance Dark ("Dark Intensity") - These cymbals feature a dark and earthy tone with a good stick definition. The surface of these cymbals is untreated and extensively hammered.
    • Byzance Brilliant ("Dark Brightness") - This series owes its name to its brilliant finish. The finish gives these cymbals a darker sound compared to the Byzance Traditional series, since it limits the high end.
  • 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. They come in two variations:
    • M-Series Fusion ("Modern Versatility") - These cymbals have two playing surfaces: a thinner outer edge for a faster response and a thicker bow and bell area for a better stick definition. The M-Series Fusion comes in a brilliant/traditional finish, with the inner bow and bell area in a brilliant finish and the outer edge in a traditional finish.
    • M-Series Traditional ("Modern Traditional") - This series features medium and heavy models that sit in the mid-range of the sound spectrum. They come in a traditional finish.
  • Soundcaster: Professional cymbals made from a B12 bronze alloy (88% copper, 12% tin, with traces of silver). They come in two variations:
    • Soundcaster Custom ("Modern Brilliance") - The Customs are very brilliant cymbals, with a glassy and warm tone. They come in a brilliant finish.
    • Soundcaster Fusion ("Modern Tone") - The Fusion models are similar to the Customs, but they feature a slightly darker sound due to their micro-hammering and semi-lathed surface. They come in a brilliant/traditional finish, with the inner bow and bell area in a brilliant finish and the outer edge in a traditional finish.
  • Mb20 ("Hand Hammered Aggression") - Professional cymbals made specifically for louder music, hand hammered and made out of the B20 bronze alloy (80% copper, 20% tin, with traces of silver).
  • Mb10 ("Cutting Aggression") - 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 ("Focused Aggression") - 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 ("Innovation") - Meinl's line of innovative modern cymbals developed with such artists as Johnny Rabb, Benny Greb, and Thomas Lang.
  • Classics ("Clarity and Cut") - Intermediate-level cymbals made from the B8 bronze alloy. These cymbals are bright and cutting due to the alloy. They come in a traditional finish.
    • Classics Custom - Made from B10 bronze alloy, these cymbals are bright and loud. They come in a brilliant finish.
    • Classics Custom Extreme Metal - These cymbals are made from B10 bronze. They are deeply machine hammered and they have a bright and penetrating sound.
  • 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 (63% copper, 37% zinc). They are the least expensive cymbals by Meinl.

Current signature models

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, 22" Byzance Vintage Sand Crash Ride, 18" Byzance Vintage Sand Medium Crash, 18" Byzance Vintage Sand Thin Crash
  • Thomas Lang's 13" and 14" Byzance Brilliant Fast Hat, 16" Generation X Synthetik Crash, 17" Generation X Kompressor Crash, 18" Generation X Kinetik Crash, 8" to 16" Generation X Filter Chinas, 10" to 14" Generation X Jingle Filter Chinas, 18" Generation X Signal Crash/Klub Ride
  • 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" Generation X Safari Hat, 16" Generation X Safari Crash, 18" Generation X Safari Ride, 8" and 10" Generation X Drumbal
  • Trevor Lawrence Jr.'s 22" Byzance Dark Stadium Ride
  • Brann Dailor's 21" Mb8 Ghost Ride
  • Mike Johnston's 21" Byzance Extra Dry Transition Ride
  • Ralph Peterson, Jr.'s 21" Byzance Jazz Nuance Ride, and 22" Byzance Jazz Symmetry Ride
  • Noriaki Kumagai's 19" Byzance Dark Sky Ride

Discontinued cymbal series

  • BCS - Entry-level cymbals made from a MS63 brass alloy.
  • Laser - Entry-level cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy.
  • Meteor - Entry-level cymbals made from brass alloy.
  • Live Sound - Intermediate level cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy.
  • Amun - High-end cymbal line made from B8 bronze alloy, replaced by the Mb8 Series.
  • Raker - Professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy, designed for louder music.
  • Profile - Professional cymabls made from B8 bronze alloy marketed in the '80s. The series included Dragon, High Tech, Rock Velvet and Volcanic Rock models.
  • Headliner - Entry-level cymbals made from brass alloy.
  • Marathon - Entry-level cymbals available in three alloys: B18 bronze (82% copper and 18% tin), N12 nickel silver (88% copper and 12% nickel) and MS63 brass.
  • Streamer - Entry-level cymbals made from N12 nickel silver alloy.
  • One of a Kind/Custom Shop - Meinl used to have a custom service named "One of a Kind", where customers could design their ideal cymbal and have it handmade by Meinl's cymbal smiths. If requested, the cymbal could be copied by computer and become a "Custom Shop" model. The alloy used for the "One of a Kind" and the "Custom Shop" models was B8 bronze.[2]

Users[edit]

Notable artists include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Products at Meinl website
  2. ^ Geoff Nicholls (2003). The Drum Handbook: Buying, Maintaining and Getting the Best from Your Drum Kit. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0879307509. 

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