Meinl Percussion

From Wikipedia for FEVERv2
Jump to navigation Jump to search

For people and other organisations with the name Meinl, see Meinl (disambiguation). Meinl Percussion_sentence_0

Meinl Percussion_table_infobox_0

Meinl PercussionMeinl Percussion_table_caption_0
TypeMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_0_0 PrivateMeinl Percussion_cell_0_0_1
IndustryMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_1_0 Musical instrumentsMeinl Percussion_cell_0_1_1
FoundedMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_2_0 1951; 69 years ago (1951)Meinl Percussion_cell_0_2_1
FounderMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_3_0 Roland MeinlMeinl Percussion_cell_0_3_1
HeadquartersMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_4_0 Gutenstetten, GermanyMeinl Percussion_cell_0_4_1
ProductsMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_5_0 ListMeinl Percussion_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteMeinl Percussion_header_cell_0_6_0 Meinl Percussion_cell_0_6_1

Meinl Percussion is a manufacturer of percussion instruments based in Gutenstetten, Germany. Meinl Percussion_sentence_1

The company’s cymbal production is one of the "big four" manufacturers of cymbals, along with Zildjian, Sabian, and Paiste. Meinl Percussion_sentence_2

In addition to cymbals, Meinl manufactures a very wide range of percussion instruments including bongo drums, cajons, congas, djembes, güiros, pandeiros, and tambourines. Meinl Percussion_sentence_3

History Meinl Percussion_section_0

The "Roland Meinl Musikinstrumente" was founded in 1951 by Roland Meinl. Meinl Percussion_sentence_4

Initially the company produced wind instruments, beginning the production of cymbals only in 1952. Meinl Percussion_sentence_5

The first Meinl cymbals were cut out of large metal sheets, hammered, lathed and drilled by hand by Roland Meinl himself, who subsequently transported them to the Neustadt an der Aisch railstation on the luggage carrier of his bike. Meinl Percussion_sentence_6

In the 1960s about half of the production was exported to the United States together with German-made Tromsa drumsets. Meinl Percussion_sentence_7

The first employee, Gustav Strobel, was hired in 1964 and worked for the company for almost 40 years. Meinl Percussion_sentence_8

At about the same time Roland Meinl began to import affordable music instruments from Japan, being one of the first Pearl importers in Europe. Meinl Percussion_sentence_9

He later began to import Tama and Ibanez instruments. Meinl Percussion_sentence_10

In 1974 Meinl was the first cymbal company to offer pre-pack cymbal sets. Meinl Percussion_sentence_11

Meinl's initial cymbal production focused on low-budget cymbals, and it wasn't until 1984 with the "Profile Series" that Meinl started to really focus on professional-level cymbals. Meinl Percussion_sentence_12

The first Meinl pro series was the "King-Beat Series", introduced in 1976. Meinl Percussion_sentence_13

In 1990 Meinl introduced the "Tri-Tonal Series", their first signature series developed with Billy Cobham. Meinl Percussion_sentence_14

The series was discontinued a year later. Meinl Percussion_sentence_15

In 2006 Meinl began the production of the "Mb10 Series", made out of B10 bronze alloy (90% copper and 10% tin), making them the only company to produce cymbals out of four different bronze alloys (B8, B10, B12 and B20 bronze). Meinl Percussion_sentence_16

On December 4, 2007 company founder Roland Meinl died at the age of 78. Meinl Percussion_sentence_17

Products Meinl Percussion_section_1

Cymbals Meinl Percussion_section_2

Current cymbal series Meinl Percussion_section_3

Meinl Percussion_unordered_list_0

  • Byzance – Professional cymbals which produce more traditional sounds. They are made out of the B20 alloy and are hand hammered in Turkey. Available in eight variations:Meinl Percussion_item_0_0
    • Byzance Traditional – These cymbals are said to be warm and versatile, with a traditional sound. They come in a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_1
    • Byzance Dark – These cymbals feature a dark and earthy tone with a good stick definition. The surface of these cymbals is untreated and extensively hammered.Meinl Percussion_item_0_2
    • Byzance Brilliant – 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.Meinl Percussion_item_0_3
    • Byzance Jazz – The cymbals from this line have a dark and tonally complex sound. They come in a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_4
    • Byzance Extra Dry – As the name suggests, these cymbals are very dry, low-pitched and trashy. The cymbals of this series are deeply hand-hammered and feature an unlathed, raw top and a traditionally lathed bottom.Meinl Percussion_item_0_5
    • Byzance Vintage – They feature a dry, low-pitched controlled sound. Most of the cymbals of this line come in a unique sandblasted finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_6
    • Byzance Dual – Initially part of the Byzance Extra Dry series, these cymbals feature an unlathed, raw inner bow and bell area and a brilliant outer edge, giving the cymbal two playing surfaces for riding and crashing.Meinl Percussion_item_0_7
    • Byzance Foundry Reserve – Limited selection of high end, hand hammered B20 cymbals with a complex, dark character and a clear stick definition. These cymbals are sold with a pair of drum sticks, a pair of cotton gloves and a certificate.Meinl Percussion_item_0_8
  • Pure Alloy – Professional level cymbals made from proprietary "Pure Alloy" bronze. This series features pinpoint lathing and a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_9
    • Pure Alloy Custom – Professional level cymbals made from proprietary "Pure Alloy" bronze. They are thinner than the regular Pure Alloy series and they come in a "smoked bronze" finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_10
  • Generation X – Meinl's line of innovative modern cymbals developed with such artists as Johnny Rabb, Benny Greb, and Thomas Lang. A number of alloys are used for this series such as the FX9 alloy (69% copper, 15% zinc, 15% manganese, 1% aluminium), MS63 brass, B12 bronze and B8 bronze.Meinl Percussion_item_0_11
  • Classics Custom – Made from B10 bronze alloy, these semi-professional level cymbals are bright and loud. They come in a brilliant finish.Meinl Percussion_item_0_12
    • Classics Custom Dark – These cymbals are darker and more complex in tone compared to the regular Classics Customs due to their finishing, deep hammering and additional lathing. The peculiar finish gives this cymbal a unique dark look.Meinl Percussion_item_0_13
    • Classics Custom Extreme Metal – These cymbals are deeply machine hammered and they have a bright and penetrating sound designed for heavier music.Meinl Percussion_item_0_14
  • HCS – Beginner/Entry-level cymbals made from a MS63 brass alloy (63% copper, 37% zinc). They are the least expensive cymbals by Meinl.Meinl Percussion_item_0_15
    • HCS Bronze – Beginner/Intermediate-level cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy. Also available in pre-configured packs.Meinl Percussion_item_0_16
  • Candela – The Candela series features professional light-weight cymbals specifically made for percussionists. They are made from B20 bronze alloy.Meinl Percussion_item_0_17

Current signature models Meinl Percussion_section_4

Meinl has begun releasing many signature rides, crashes, and hats. Meinl Percussion_sentence_18

The current ones up for sale are the following: Meinl Percussion_sentence_19

Meinl Percussion_unordered_list_1

  • Benny Greb's 12"/14" Generation X Trash Hat, 20" and 22" Byzance Vintage Sand Ride, 14" and 16" Byzance Vintage Sand Hat, 22" Byzance Vintage Sand Crash Ride, 18" Byzance Vintage Sand Medium Crash, 18" Byzance Vintage Sand Thin Crash, 8" Artist Concept Crasher HatsMeinl Percussion_item_1_18
  • 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, 18"/18" Artist Concept Super StackMeinl Percussion_item_1_19
  • Wolfgang Haffner's 20" and 22" Byzance Jazz Club RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_20
  • Flo Dauner's 16" Mb10 Fat HatMeinl Percussion_item_1_21
  • Rodney Holmes' 14" Byzance Dark Spectrum Hi-Hat, and 22" Byzance Dark Spectrum RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_22
  • Chris Adler's 24" Byzance Brilliant Pure Metal Ride (previously part of the Mb20 series)Meinl Percussion_item_1_23
  • Derek Roddy's 21" Byzance Brilliant Serpents Ride, 13" Byzance Brilliant Serpents HihatMeinl Percussion_item_1_24
  • Johnny Rabb's 12" Generation X Safari Hat, 16" Generation X Safari Crash, 18" Generation X Safari Ride, 8" and 10" Generation X DrumbalMeinl Percussion_item_1_25
  • Trevor Lawrence Jr.'s 22" Byzance Dark Stadium RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_26
  • Brann Dailor's 21" Classics Custom Ghost Ride (previously part of the Mb8 series)Meinl Percussion_item_1_27
  • Mike Johnston's 21" Byzance Extra Dry Transition RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_28
  • Ralph Peterson, Jr.'s 21" Byzance Jazz Nuance Ride, and 22" Byzance Jazz Symmetry RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_29
  • Noriaki Kumagai's 19" Byzance Dark Sky RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_30
  • Anika Nilles' 18"/18" Artist Concept Deep HatsMeinl Percussion_item_1_31
  • Luke Holland's 12"/16" Artist Concept Bullet StackMeinl Percussion_item_1_32
  • Matt Garstka's 16"/18" Artist Concept Fat Stack, 20" Byzance Vintage Equilibrium China, and 14" Byzance Vintage Equilibrium Hi-HatMeinl Percussion_item_1_33
  • Matt Halpern's 17"/18" Artist Concept Double Down StackMeinl Percussion_item_1_34
  • Chris Coleman's 21" Byzance Vintage C Squared RideMeinl Percussion_item_1_35

Discontinued cymbal series Meinl Percussion_section_5

Meinl Percussion_unordered_list_2

  • Romen Mark 70/Romen Mark 74 – Introduced in 1969, this series featured low-budget cymbals made out of nickel silver.Meinl Percussion_item_2_36
  • King-Beat – Introduced in 1976, this series was Meinl's first professional cymbal line.Meinl Percussion_item_2_37
  • Streamer – Entry-level cymbals made from N12 nickel silver alloy introduced in 1982.Meinl Percussion_item_2_38
  • Laser – Semi-professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy introduced in 1983.Meinl Percussion_item_2_39
  • Meteor – Entry-level cymbals made from brass alloy introduced in 1983.Meinl Percussion_item_2_40
  • Profile – Professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy marketed in the '80s. The series included High Tech, Rock Velvet and Volcanic Rock models.Meinl Percussion_item_2_41
  • Dragon – Introduced in 1984 as part of the Profile series, the Dragon series was hand made in China and finished in Germany. They came in two variations: the "Single Dragon" were Chinese style cymbals, and the "Double Dragon" were Turkish style cymbals.Meinl Percussion_item_2_42
  • Headliner – Entry-level cymbals made from brass alloy introduced in 1984. In 1986 a special coloured edition was released. A FX9 alloy (69% copper, 15% zinc, 15% manganese, 1% aluminium) version was also produced.Meinl Percussion_item_2_43
  • Sterling – Entry-level cymbals made from nickel silver alloy introduced in 1984.Meinl Percussion_item_2_44
  • Raker – Professional cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy, designed for louder music. Introduced in 1985 and discontinued in 2006.Meinl Percussion_item_2_45
  • 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.Meinl Percussion_item_2_46
  • Reference Class – Professional cymbals made of B8 bronze. They came in a brilliant finish.Meinl Percussion_item_2_47
  • Tri-Tonal – Billy Cobham signature series released in 1990.Meinl Percussion_item_2_48
  • Live Sound – Intermediate-level cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy introduced in 1994.Meinl Percussion_item_2_49
  • Lightning – Introduced in 1994, Lightning crashes and splashes featured rippled edges.Meinl Percussion_item_2_50
  • One of a Kind – Professional cymbals produced and hand hammered in Germany as part of the "Custom Cymbal Shop" concept. This series came in three distinct finishes: Brilliant, Antique and Champagne 64.Meinl Percussion_item_2_51
  • Amun – High-end cymbal line introduced in 1999 and made from B8 bronze alloy. Replaced by the Mb8 Series in 2008.Meinl Percussion_item_2_52
  • BCS – Entry-level cymbals made from a MS63 brass alloy.Meinl Percussion_item_2_53
  • 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 was done in the Meinl factory in Germany. Discontinued in 2017. They came in two variations:Meinl Percussion_item_2_54
    • M-Series Fusion – These cymbals had 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 came in a brilliant/traditional finish, with the inner bow and bell area in a brilliant finish and the outer edge in a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_2_55
    • M-Series Traditional – This series featured medium and heavy models that sit in the mid-range of the sound spectrum. They came in a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_2_56
  • Soundcaster – Professional cymbals made from a B12 bronze alloy (88% copper, 12% tin, with traces of silver). Discontinued in 2017. They came in two variations:Meinl Percussion_item_2_57
    • Soundcaster Custom – The Customs were very brilliant cymbals, with a glassy and warm tone. They came in a brilliant finish.Meinl Percussion_item_2_58
    • Soundcaster Fusion – The Fusion models were similar to the Customs, but they featured a slightly darker sound due to their micro-hammering and semi-lathed surface. They came in a brilliant/traditional finish, with the inner bow and bell area in a brilliant finish and the outer edge in a traditional finish.Meinl Percussion_item_2_59
  • Mb20 – 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). Discontinued in 2017, some of its models have been incorporated into the Byzance Brilliant series.Meinl Percussion_item_2_60
  • 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. Discontinued in 2017.Meinl Percussion_item_2_61
  • 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 had a bright cutting sound. Discontinued in 2017.Meinl Percussion_item_2_62
  • Classics – 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. Discontinued in 2020.Meinl Percussion_item_2_63
  • MCS – Beginner/Intermediate cymbals made from B8 bronze alloy, available in a pre-pack cymbal set or single cymbals consisting of 14" Medium Hi-hats, 16" Medium Crashes, 18" Ride/Crashes, and 20" Rides. Discontinued in 2020 and replaced by the HCS Bronze series.Meinl Percussion_item_2_64

Artists Meinl Percussion_section_6

Notable musicians playing/having played Meinl instruments include: Meinl Percussion_sentence_20

See also Meinl Percussion_section_7

Meinl Percussion_unordered_list_3


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meinl Percussion.