Over 300 years ago in the vibrant city of Istanbul in Turkey, the first recognisable cymbals began to be created using the ‘magical alchemist’ skills of local ‘Cymbalsmiths’ who passionately crafted each one by hand with keen eyes and ears and immeasureable attention to detail. Many years later, despite significant advancements in technology, the same art of handmade cymbal making still exists to this very day and continues to be an increasingly popular choice; compared to computer driven, machine made products - with the Cymbalsmiths of Turkey still being considered the best in the world.
Here at Amedia we are a genuine family business and have proudly continued this heritage since 2005, at our independant factory also based in the city of Istanbul. Our Master Cymbalsmiths pay just as much attention to detail and craftsmanship to each and every cymbal they hand-produce, using the same methods and techniques as their ancestors before them, to give each cymbal it's own unique 'human' characteristics and 'voice'.
With an ever growing number of players turning to Amedia, our cymbals can be seen and heard on a global scale, in all manner of musical situations and here in the UK we’re proud to have been part of this success story since 2012…...
Eremya Arzat - Master Cymbalsmith
Eremya began his own apprenticeship at just 15 years of age with the finest turkish Cymbalsmiths of the day, perfecting his skills and craft for the next 50+ years. Since then almost every present qualified Master Cymbalsmith in Turkey has been personally trained, guided and developed by Eremya at some stage of their journey.
Ahmet Baykusak - Master Cymbalsmith and Factory Owner
Ahmet was one of the aforementioned apprentices of Eremya Arzat and began his apprenticeship over 30 years ago. Ahmet is also one of the owners of Amedia Cymbals in Istanbul and as Master Hammersmith is responsible for most of the models created through experimentation with Eremya, such models as 'Ahmet Legend', 'Eremya', 'Old School', 'Kommagene' to name a few.
Ahmet's passion for quality extends to the point that every cymbal must pass his incredibly high standards for craftsmanship and integrity before it leaves the factory. Those very few that don't are broken up and melted down to re-produce new cymbals.
Hamdi Baykusak - Master Handlather and Factory Owner
Hamdi is the brother of Ahmet and like him and fellow apprentices in Turkey before him, he spent many years training as a Master Handlather under the watchful eye of his tutor. Using traditional lathing tools Hamdi's role is very important in producing the 'bedrock' sound and appearance of each cymbal prior to it then being passed on for it's hammering phase. Keeping a close eye on the cymbal as it spins around at 1000's of revolutions per minute Hamdi is respected for his knowledge of how to work the lathing tools with precision and care as one mistake could mean the cymbal is discarded and the whole time consuming process would be required to start again.