Istanbul Zil ve Müzik Aletleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti.

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  • Koza Mah. 1691. Sok. 5A Blok No: 5-7-9
  • 34510 Esenyurt - Istanbul
  • Turkey

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Mehmet Tamdeğer learned his art from Mikhail Zilcan, the grandson of Kerope Zilcan. In the 1950s, at the age of nine, Mehmet Tamdeğer started to work for Mikhail Zilcan in the K. Zilcan factory in Istanbul. Mikhail Zilcan and Kirkor Kücükyan taught him every aspect of this ancient Turkish art, based on a history that stems back to the early 17th century. The Istanbul brand name was adopted in 1984 by a cymbal works established by two cymbalsmiths, Mehmet Tamdeğer and his friend. At that time, they had over three decades of cymbal making experience. Mehmet and Agop named their company after the city that has been home to the epitome of high quality cymbals for many, many years: Istanbul. These cymbals were first exported to the U.S. in 1984, originally under the name “Zildjiler”, and soon afterwards as “Istanbul”. Both craftsmen signed each cymbal and many of these cymbals are now collectors’ items. After Agop Tomurcuk’s unexpected death in July 1996, Mehmet decided to continue the production of cymbals under his own name, Istanbul Mehmet. A lot has changed since then, but his belief in the richness and character of a handmade cymbal will always remain. Machines don’t have ears. That’s why we continue to make our cymbals according to the ancient tradition - with an open eye towards the music that’s being made now, and in the future.

Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Musikmesse 2017

05.04.2017 - 08.04.2017 Hall: 11.0 Stand: A 61