“The Mersey Beat I bought from you in 2018 is still my favorite cymbal and I’ve used it at almost every gig since. I even sold my Spizzichino after I got it and switched to C&G completely.
The best thing I can say about them, and this is the best thing you can say about any instrument, is that they become so much a part of the music that you don’t even notice them anymore.
I can concentrate on making music and not think all the time about what a great cymbal I’m playing.
Cymbal & Gong cymbals are the most musical cymbals I know, and in fact, I haven’t heard one yet that I wouldn’t take to a gig.
I can’t say that about any other cymbal company that I know.”
— Michael Griener, Berlin
To help you in searching for your cymbal, here is a list of all the cymbals we’ve sold, to drummers all over North America and Europe. Hit the video link to open the video for that cymbal in a new tab.
All cymbals are products of Cymbal & Gong.
22″ Reverse Half Turk Jazz Ride – 2015g – “Julien”
Special custom cymbal, lathed on top, Turk on the bottom! Very light, small bell. Lush but controllable airy jazz sound with fast decay. Very refined, low volume cymbal, should record beautifully.
Comment from Julien’s new owner: I played JULIEN at the gig last night. What a beautiful instrument, love the sound, response and yet with controlled / faster decay. To my ears, the half Turk is a winner…not to mention how pretty the thing is… Video
22″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride “Eloi” – 2085 grams
Unusual jazz-weight A-type ride. Slightly exotic. Nice low roar, with a very responsive, full, booming crash with a light bwah sound. Sonorous, cutting bell sound. Play video in new tab.
22″ Holy Grail Ride – “Richard” – approx. 2100 grams
A great jazz cymbal, with a focused, controlled sound. Cool, deep bell sound, and a big deep crash. See video of the unpatinated cymbal. Video of patinated cymbal.
22″ Holy Grail Ride – “Louis” – approx. 2100 grams
Excellent jazz-weight cymbal. C&G jazz rides tend to be a little heavier than the equivalent model of other brands, giving them better definition and projection, and a good bell sound, while maintaining the dark, complex sound favored by most jazz drummers. Higher pitched than Richard. Video.
22″ Cymbal & Gong Turk 22″ Light Ride – “Clevon”
Custom unlathed “Midnight Lamp” series. Light ride, smaller bell than Holy Grail rides. Fundamentally low pitched, with a very low cushion of sound. Great definition, controlled sound, as expected with unlathed cymbals. Great for low volume playing, recording, and practicing. Video.
22″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride “Maxim” – 2102 grams
Classic dark, deep jazz sound. Sound reminiscent of Art Blakey’s 20″ ride played on The Big Beat and Indestructible. Also compare to the cymbal “Richard” below. Video.
22″ Leon Collection Light Ride – 2106g – “Briand”
Higher pitched, more controlled ride than its companion Aramis, which is also 2106g. Play video in new tab.
22″ Leon Collection Light Ride – 2106g – “Aramis”
Full lower pitched ride. Massive roll sound. Wash is quite lush– this cymbal may want lighter sticks. Exactly the same weight as its companion Briand, with a quite different sound. Video
Holy Grail 22″ Jazz Ride – “Ewell” – 2126 grams
Big, live jazz sound; somewhat splashy crash sound; deep, mellow bell. Video.
22″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride “Hassan” – 2148 grams
Airy, complex jazz ride— classic “K” sound. Higher pitched, lush crash sound, restrained bell sound. Play video in new tab.
22″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Taylor” – 2183 grams
Dark, with great definition; fast crash. Deep bell sound. Video.
22″ FACTORY SECOND Medium Ride “Mallory” – 2360 grams
Excellent, very playable A-type light-medium ride. All of C&G’s medium rides are crashable, with a good balance between clean and complex harmonic profile. They would never be mistaken for a modern A-type cymbal by a major brand. This cymbal has a warm, relatively clean sound, long sustain, and an awesome, very full, musical crash sound at fortissimo levels. It will make a good jazz ride, or medium ride in settings where a live, full-sounding cymbal is called for.
A minor technical flaw in the manufacturing process means you get a big discount on this cymbal. There’s a slight flaw with the lathing— the lathed-away metal is stuck in the grooves in a few spots. Only visible on close inspection, there is some light surface roughness in those spots. This makes no detectable difference in sound, and will not affect the life of the cymbal. Tim at Cymbal & Gong tells me you could go in with a dental tool and remove the stuck bits, but you will probably just play it as is.
This cymbal has the Holy Grail-type patina, but as a factory second, it has no C&G cold stamp or label.
22″ Holy Grail ride cymbal – 2379 grams – “Ivan”
Prodigious light-medium ride with 50s-style A-type bell- very similar to my own 22″ Holy Grail. A powerful and full jazz ride that nevertheless handles well at trio volume, especially when played with light sticks. A substantial cymbal to have as your main axe. Video.
21″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – 2046g – “Laszlo”
Excellent, full voiced main ride, smoky, rather exotic. Reminiscent of Art Blakey— listen to the crash at the end of the video. Video
20″ Leon Collection flat ride cymbal – 1524 grams – “Clemente”
Moderately light, airy, quite delicate flat ride- though much more usable than many extremely light flats I have seen from other Turkish brands. Like all Leon Collection cymbals it has a pleasingly bright sound. Like most flat rides, it doesn’t accent well. A light musical sound for low volume situations. Play video in new tab.
20″ Leon Collection Ride – 1584g – “Hector”
Two great 20″ Leon Collection rides in this shipment; both perform wonderfully, with very pleasing ride and crash sounds. Hector is the funkier of the two; with a slightly rougher finish and sound, and lower pitch. A very hip cymbal, and surprisingly light! Video.
20″ Leon Collection Ride – 1600g – “Serge”
Two great 20″ Leon Collection rides in this shipment; both perform wonderfully, with very pleasing ride and crash sounds. Serge is the smoother of the two, with restrained brightness, a complex harmonic profile, and moderately pitched. Functions very well as a ride cymbal despite its light weight. Play video in new tab.
20″ Turk Jazz Ride – 1673g – “Hideo”
We just got in stock two very light, lively Turk Jazz Rides. Lathing at the edge seems to bring in some highs missing from pure unlathed Turks. Easy to play, good crash, excellent bell sound. This cymbal seems to have a faster decay than Hotaru. Video
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Willie” – 1721 grams
Another solid classic jazz ride; very dark, great definition; responsive to accents. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Walter” – 1732 grams
Light-medium jazz ride, high pitched with a dark sound. Nice airy crash sound, cutting bell. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – 1755g – “Frankie” – $425.00
Relatively bright Holy Grail— compare with the 20″ “Bobby”. Frankie is even happier(?), with a cleaner character, and a lively crash sound. Play video in new tab.
20″ Cymbal & Gong Holy Grail Jazz Ride “Tyrell” – 1766 grams
High, dark jazz sound. Moderately complex harmonic profile. Very controllable, defined ride cymbal, considering its light weight. Handles like a traditional medium. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride “Lavar” – 1770 grams
High, dark jazz sound. Moderately complex harmonic profile. Very controllable, defined ride cymbal, considering its light weight. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – 1776 grams – “Enoch”
Smoky jazz ride, deep sound, rather dry. Handles beautifully, very controllable light ride with a great crash sound. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – 1784g – “Bobby”
Rather unique character— another relatively bright “K” type cymbal. Lively, responsive to subtle dynamics, handles beautifully. Video
20″ Holy Grail ride cymbal – 1791 grams – “Abel”
Jazz-weight cymbal with a rather deep sound, very controllable, with good stick definition, while having the kind of wash we expect from jazz cymbals. Moderately dark, with no overly wild/exotic/trashy elements. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Clarence” – 1834 grams
Light-medium jazz ride, controlled and focused, with great definition; responsive to accents, higher pitched. Good as a primary ride, and versatile. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – 1839g – “Jonesy” – $425.00
Rather brawny jazz classic. Video
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Pete” – 1845 grams
Classic dark jazz ride. Complex sound with good stick definition. Slight exotic edge on accents and crashes. Good as a primary ride! Video.
Comment from Pete’s owner, two years after purchase: “Play my C&G cymbal every day and I still love it!”
20″ Holy Grail Jazz Ride – “Moyes” – 1845 grams
Complex but solid jazz ride, excellent main cymbal. Long crash sound. 11/9/18 update: This cymbal is currently getting a special heavy patina, which will dry its sound. Video.
20″ Merseybeat Crash-Ride “Simon” – 1915 grams – $425.00
Pleasingly bright light ride. Crashable, but with good stick definition through a range of dynamics— the wash does not over ride the stick sound. Strong bell. Crash sound has a lovely high peak. 4 rivets. Play video in new tab.
20″ Merseybeat Crash-Ride “Tommy” – 1915 grams
Pleasingly bright light ride. Crashable, but with good stick definition through a range of dynamics— the wash does not over ride the stick sound. Strong bell. 4 rivets. Video.
20″ Holy Grail ride cymbal – 1964 grams – “Cassius”
Medium jazz ride- a strong and versatile choice for a main ride cymbal. Possible candidate for adding rivets. Moderately dark, with no overly wild/exotic/trashy elements. Play video in new tab.
20″ Holy Grail Medium Ride – “Idris” – 1974 grams
50s-style square bell. Great, musical light-medium ride for all kinds of music. Traditional sound with cutting power. Video.
20″ Mersey Beat Crash-Ride – “Freddie”
Brighter, “A”-like sound, but musically complex, the 20″ Mersey Beat makes an excellent jazz ride cymbal, especially as a left-side cymbal. Freddie is lower pitched than other examples of this model we have played. All 20″ Mersey Beat cymbals have four rivets, at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Medium Ride – “Lee” – approx. 2000 grams
Solid, musical, medium ride suited to all kinds of music. Lighter in weight than major-manufacturer medium rides. Excellent definition and a clean tone, strong bell sound and not-quite-explosive crash, while still having a warm, deep, old-A sound. I find that C&G’s medium weight cymbals handle soft playing very nicely. Video.
20″ Mersey Beat Crash-Ride – “Dave” – 2175 grams
With four rivets. Bright and clean, with enough complexity to be interesting. Musical crash and bell sounds. Video.
Comment three years later from Dave’s owner: “The Mersey Beat I bought from you in 2018 is still my favorite cymbal and I’ve used it at almost every gig since.”
19″ Custom medium flat ride cymbal – 1674 grams – “Knut”
Comparable to a 602 Medium Flat Ride, with a punchy stick sound. Similar to the famous Now He Sings… cymbal, but tighter. Somewhat one-dimensional as it doesn’t accent well, but that’s normal for flat rides. Play video in new tab.
19″ Leon Collection Crash-Ride – 1680g – “Beaufort”
Solid, lively crash-ride for the left side. Clean sound, high pitch, good candidate for added rivets.
Comment from Beaufort’s new owner: BEAUFORT is better than I thought. Your recordings are great, but they aren’t exactly equivalent to ‘live’. So happy with my decision, and looking forward to others… Video
Holy Grail 19″ Jazz Ride – 1764 grams – “Edgar”
Solid-performing medium weight jazz ride. Classic jazz sound with excellent projection. Video.
18″ Crashes, Rides, and Crash/Rides
18″ Holy Grail Crash – 1324 grams – “Wilhelm”
Powerful medium thin crash, great choice for a smaller left side cymbal. Moderately dark, with no overly wild/exotic/trashy elements- similar to the 17s Jake and Jody from the same batch, but Wilhelm is lower pitched, a little funkier, and generally a more powerful cymbal. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash – “Igor” – 1335 grams – $355.00
Medium thin crash, excellent multi-purpose cymbal, handles moderate riding well. Play video in new tab.
18″ Leon Collection Crash “Yanis” – 1336 grams
Bright, airy, high-pitched thin-to-medium thin crash. Crash sound has a strong, cutting peak. Good for light riding in acoustic situations. Video.
18″ American Artist Crash “Gregor” – 1379 grams
Full, responsive, lower pitched, all purpose medium-thin crash. Powerful crash sound. Fine for light riding in a jazz setting. Sticks used are Bopworks Birdland model, and Vic Firth SD-4 Combos. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash – “Otto” – 1388 grams – $340.00
Medium thin crash— approaching a medium crash— excellent multi-purpose cymbal, handles moderate riding well. Play video in new tab.
18″ Leon Collection Thin Crash – “Zénon”
This is a special line of cymbals by C&G’s lead smith, with superfine lathing and a bright finish. They are very lush and responsive, with an unusual harmonic profile— fairly subtly so with this cymbal. Zénon has a big, full crash sound, and also handles light riding very well. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash – “Austin” – 1391 grams
Solid medium thin crash, decent for light riding. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash – “Chan” – 1402 grams
Another great medium thin crash. All three of these 18s are great left side cymbals for bebop. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash-Ride – “Connie” – 1404 grams
Medium-thin crash that makes a great crash-ride. Doesn’t build up when riding. High pitched but dark sound. Pleasant, delicate bell sound. Video.
18″ Mersey Beat Crash-Ride “Clive” – 1411 grams
Bright, responsive, crash ride; good for light riding, crash sound peaks nicely. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash-Ride – “Erskine” – 1424 grams
Clean, dark, classic jazz sound. Responsive to crashing, also great for light riding. This could be labeled a Crash-Ride, or Medium Thin Crash. Video.
SOLD – Cymbal & Gong 18″ Custom Turk Jazz Ride – 1424g – “Masaru”
Masaru and Minoru were custom ordered together— Masaru is higher pitched and cleaner sounding. Handles wonderfully as a ride or medium crash. Very responsive for crashing and accenting. Video.
18″ Cymbal & Gong Custom Turk Jazz Ride – 1439g – “Minoru”
Masaru and Minoru were custom ordered together— Minoru is lower pitched, with a slight exotic edge. This cymbal wants to be in a crashable ride role— crashes and accents nicely, but the darker crash sound may not be the best for a dedicated crash cymbal. Video
18″ Custom Turk ride “Toshiro” – 1472 grams
Custom Turk-style— unlathed top, lathed bottom. Dark, clean, and very dry. Great cymbal for low volume situations, recording, rehearsals. Video.
18″ Custom Turk ride “Alexei” – 1569 grams
Turk style— or as C&G smiths say, “Krut.” Crashable ride cymbal with very defined stick sound, strong bell sound. Small, but solid enough to function as a main ride. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Crash-Ride “Henry”- 1595 grams
Categorized as a crash-ride, but this is more of a light-medium ride. A classic clean jazz sound. Does not quite open up for an explosive fortissimo crash, but accents very nicely with the shoulder of the stick. Sticks used are Bopworks Birdland model, and Vic Firth SD-4 Combos. Video.
18″ Holy Grail Ride – “Perry” – 1717 grams
Medium jazz ride, moderately dark, cutting stick sound. Solid enough to use as a main ride. Does not quite open up for an explosive fortissimo crash, but accents very nicely with the shoulder of the stick. Good candidate for adding rivets. Play video in new tab.
17″ Leon Collection Thin Crash – 1104g – “Marc”
Excellent thin crash, that also handles light riding well. 17 is the new 18— large enough for light riding, capable of a fast accent in acoustic settings. Very similar to its companion Luc— Marc is slightly lower pitched and with a “breathier” sound. Play video in new tab.
17″ Leon Collection Thin Crash – 1116g – “Luc”
Excellent thin crash, that also handles light riding well. Very similar to its companion, Marc— Luc is slightly higher pitch with a slightly cleaner sound. Play video in new tab.
17″ Holy Grail crash cymbal – 1169 grams – “Jody”
These two new 17s Jake and Jody are quite similar. Moderately dark, with no overly wild/exotic/trashy elements. They handle very similarly, with very pleasing, subtly different crash sounds, and both handle light riding well- they don’t ride up or splash out. Jody is the higher-pitched of the two. Video
16″ Holy Grail Thin Crash – 884 grams – “Martin”
This is a Cymbal & Gong classic— beautifully blended, complex, warm crash sound with no off-harmonics. Outstanding crash sound. It’s such a responsive crash that it doesn’t ride quite as well as Bastien below… but 16″ is typically a little small do much riding on anyway. Video.
16″ Holy Grail Thin Crash – 914 grams – “Bastien”
Funky low pitched (for the size) crash with unusual patina and hammering. A few C&G cymbals have a “dead” quality I really like— they sound like old cymbals that have been played a lot. This is one of them. Another nice quality of C&G crashes is that they tend to ride extremely well, while also being very responsive as crashes— again, that’s this cymbal. Video.
16″ Holy Grail Light Hihats – 875/1086 grams – “Otis”
These large hihats are becoming a very popular item. If you’ve ever played any old, very thin K hihats, Otis is the giant Chrysler Imperial version of that. It’s hard to describe these cymbals with normal words: dark, massive sizzle; traditional mooshy foot sound; chunky/funky stick sound; whooshing open sound. Listen to Charli Persip play with Gil Evans to get an idea of the family from which these cymbals come. Video.
16″ Holy Grail Hihats – 1044/1250g – “Phineas”
We got two fantastic sets of jazz weight 16″ hihats in this recent shipment. This set Phineas has a beautiful dark jazz sound with a lush sizzle when played half-open. Video.
16″ Holy Grail Hihats – 1046/1300g – “Horace”
We got two fantastic sets of jazz weight 16″ hihats in this recent shipment. This set Horace has a huge, deep sound, with a nice harmonic interaction between the two cymbals. Video.
15″ Holy Grail Light Hihats “Grady” – 836/1019 grams
Lovely, lush, complex, thin hihats. Relatively soft foot sound, with a beautiful sizzle played half open. Sticks used are Vic Firth SD-4 Combos. Video.
15″ Holy Grail Light Hihats – 837/1024 grams – “Cliff”
Wonderful, very versatile semi-dark, thin cymbals. Solid foot sound, great sizzle. Video.
15″ FACTORY SECOND light hihats “Campbell” – approximately 850/1025 grams
Great cymbals at a bargain price! This would be a wonderful set of Holy Grail hihats, but someone at the factory dropped them, and there are dings on the edge of both cymbals— approximately 2-3mm. I think that is what’s commonly called a “flea bite”— it should not significantly effect the life of the the cymbals. The patina looks nice, but is somewhat more irregular than is normally expected. As factory seconds they do not bear a C&G cold stamp or label. Sticks used are Vic Firth SD-4 Combos. Video.
15″ Leon Collection Light Hihats – 860/1050g – “Maurice”
Perfect balance for light hihats- complex, responsive, airy open sound, solid foot sound. Play video in new tab.
15″ Holy Grail Hihats – 881/1147 grams – “Jarvis”
Fantastic set of jazz cymbals! Just a perfect, classic, clean, moderately-dark sound. Video.
SOLD – Cymbal & Gong 15″ Holy Grail Hihats – 892/1096 grams – “Ulrich”
Jazz weight hihats with a darker open sound, but with a strong foot sound and closed. Pleasingly cutting. Video.
SOLD – Cymbal & Gong 15″ Holy Grail Hihats – 899/1109 grams – “Kingsley”
Higher-pitched jazz-weight hihats with a solid foot sound and closed sound. Dark, pleasing open/half-open sound. Video.
14″ American Artist Light Hihats “Iain” – 765/902 grams
Light, pleasingly bright, splashy, with a good, non-mushy foot sound. Great cymbals at a bargain price.
These are BARGAIN grade cymbals— they were used by an endorser and returned. They are in new condition, except they have been handled and played a bit. They do not have a C&G stamp or label. Video.
14″ Holy Grail Hihats – 793/1002 grams – “Lamark”
Quick, lively, darker sound, but higher-pitched, with nice aggressive harmony between the two cymbals. Video.
14″ American Artist Medium Hihats “Mike” – 942/1159 grams
Bright, chunky medium hihats. Excellent all-purpose hihats at a bargain price.
These are BARGAIN grade cymbals— they were used on a gig by an endorser and returned (he wanted something heavier). They are in new condition, except they have been handled and played a bit. Video.
14″ American Artist Medium Hihats “Brock” – 992/1210 grams
Medium hihats, high pitched, pleasingly bright timbre. Solid foot sound. Excellent, musical, all-purpose cymbals, good for jazz, as well as music where more cutting power is needed. Sticks used are Vic Firth SD-4 Combos. Video.
20″ Holy Grail Swish – “Ferdinand” – 1466 grams
Large bell and wide flange, medium-thin in weight. Great sounding Chinese-style cymbal. Very responsive for soft or loud accents, good for light riding. Video.
14″ Second Line Chinese – 550g – “Bambang”
Shades of Ed Blackwell! Paper thin Chinese-style cymbal. Great fast response— a very musical effects cymbal, with a fun, wild sound. Very high, cutting, and exotic, with none of the characteristics that make some Chinese-style cymbals obnoxious. Video