Here is a rare cymbal to be found in America. It’s called KOIDE (Pronounce like Coyeede).
When I try it, it sounds very different from any other cymbals that I have played before.
It sounds limpid and straight, like seeing the water ripples on the very quiet pool.
It has such a wide open brilliant trebles that sustains divinely.
To me, this is definitely not a vintage jazz kind of sound, but this is something very new. If a player is looking for a new world of possibility in music, this cymbal may give you the feel that you like.
The reason for KOIDE cymbal to be different from any other traditional cymbals comes down to a simple but fundamental difference, which is in the elements of the metal of their cymbal blank.
Koide Cymbal uses a cymbal blank that is made in a new way. I am planning to visit Koide’s cymbal blank metal factory this Spring (in 2019), and then I will be able to explain this in more details. For now, I only know that it is made in a different way compared to the traditional Turkish bronze or Chinese bronze.
Koide has teamed up with a highly technological Japanese metal producing company, Fukui University and the local government researcher group to create the first Japanese cymbal blank and they have been experimenting with their cymbal sound, using their technology to freely and evenly blend the metal. Their new technology of producing the cymbal blanks allows them to experiment with different mixture of metal elements, such as B24, B23, B22, B21, B20 with Titanium, Zirconium, Iron, etc. in nicely and evenly manner.
I am a big fan of Spizzichino cymbal. And, I learned that Roberto Spizzichino always had issues with his cymbal materials. The cymbal blanks he got were not always consistent in quality. So, he had to waste and throw many of those away. Roberto had never brought his cymbal to the public if he did not like them. It has been difficult to make consistent mixture of elements through out the cymbal blank. But, in a way, that’s what we love for is the very nice, sweet and deep sound with complexity from the hand of the great craftsman like Roberto.
Koide cymbal is different from those, though. You can feel that the consistency of the cymbal bronze. It gives the feel of ride and sustains without any disturbing unharmonized frequency. And, it has a precise control over the dynamics. How you approach your stick to the cymbal nakedly reflects the sound of the cymbal. It feels pretty good. I love it!