Bliss cymbals are new cymbals made in an ancient tradition. Each one is an individual work of art, painstakingly hand-forged and handhammered. They have a warmth that seduces at low volume and thunders with a froth of dark undertones at more extreme volumes. Bliss cymbals have micro-lathed surfaces with a low bridge, small but clear bells and are quite thin by modern standards. They are exceptionally resilient and slightly soft on the stick. The undertones are warm, rich, dark with an edge of dragons breath. Each one is a unique, complex voice that will excite your imagination. Surface: micro-lathed by hand, multiple passes Bow: low, gentle bridge Bell: small but articulate and clear Weight: thin but evenly distributed across the whole cymbal Hammering: hand hammered before and after lathing, final tuning Stick sound: woody but articulate, round attack Wash: lots of wash throughout spectrum, well balanced, quick decay No added EQ or effects are used when recording the cymbals.
Contact cymbals possess a bright stick presence and lively response and are completely hand-hammered featuring a deeper profile with a relatively larger bell, the stick feel is very lively, the pitch higher but still rich and warm. These are medium to thin cymbals that speak very easily. Faster and louder, these plates also have depth and complexity in the undertones with a shimmering wash that drives the sound forward and up. Great for jazz, studio, rock and concert work. Surface: custom knife wide lathed by hand final pass Bow: medium taper smooth bridge Bell: larger than Bliss, articulate and very clear Weight: medium thin, even taper, very fast response, full sound Hammering: deep hand-hammered both hot and cold Stick sound: clear and full, fast and lively Wash: full spectrum, higher pitch than Bliss, very responsive and medium decay length. No added EQ or effects are used when recording the cymbals.
Dark Matter Series
Dream cymbals is proud to release the first two models in the Dark Matter series. The Dark Matter Energy Ride 20" and 22" represent a wholly unique sound and look in a ride cymbal. Dark Matter cymbals are created from a proprietary process where the cymbals are fired more than once during their birth cycle. The extreme stresses and heat from this process create a cymbal that is so dramatically changed on a molecular level that they take months of aging to mature. They are worth the wait. The sound is incredible; a deep powerful tone with ample high overtones to cut through any amplified situation. The bells feature the same coveted unlathed bells as the Energy series -loud and clear. In a close-miked studio application these cymbals will blow your ears away. Their unique burned finish make each a visually stunning work of art. The sound is powerful but with an uncanny stick clarity making these a spectacular combination of dark sound but total clarity of definition. Though weighted as rides their unique personality make them awesome beasts of a crash when you hit em hard with huge long sustains. Stimulate your grey matter-hit a Dark Matter.
The name says it all. These cymbals are explosive. Made with the same care and craftsmanship as all our cymbals and gongs, the Energy series are meant to be heard, even in the loudest situations. With a signature unfinished bell, considerably heavier weight, these cymbals mean business. A perfect complement to the Bliss and Contact series, the Energy series has all that and more. More volume, higher pitch, longer decays, and still a truly hand-hammered masterpiece. Surface: micro-lathed, minimal passes, bottom hat unlathed Bow: medium depth, gradual bridge Bell: broad bell, halflathed, very loud Weight: medium to heavy, thick cymbals Hammering: hand-hammered from birth, hot and cold Stick sound: very clear precise rides, very articulate bell, cutting projection Wash: extremely powerful crashes, broad dynamic range, higher pitch, very full pitch spectrum, long decay
Vintage Bliss Series
The very first Bliss prototypes were a unique micro-lathed hand-hammered cymbal with a signature soft bell shape that gradually grew from the bow. These pieces became highly coveted collectors items. We are proud to announce they are now available as Vintage Bliss. The unique soft bell and thin weight give these cymbals an even wilder froth of ocean in the sound, while maintaining a rich warm stick sound. They are supremely responsive and like all Dream cymbals have a very wide spectrum to their sound. Surface: micro-lathed by hand multiple passes Bow: low, gentle bridge Bell: broad shoulder, smooth transition, medium low height Weight: thin, tapers at edge Hammering: hand-hammered from birth, hot ,cold and after lathing fine-tuned Stick sound: woody and warm but articulate, round attack Wash: hint of rich dragons breath, gets out of the way but speaks exceptionally easily. Supports stick sound, great edge wobble
Dream Cymbals proudly release the Dream pang series One in a while a new cymbal comes along that is a must have redefining a generation of drummers. The new Pang series from Dream may be just that for this generation. Neither a china, a ride or swish-it somehow combines elements of all of these to create a whole new colour in cymbals sounds. The unique inverted bell combined with the radical shape creates an extremely fast crash with a sound palette that is entirely new. Loud, brash but not strident. The 10 Pang splash is unbelievably fast and punchy yet has a character all its own. The 16 is a huge sounding crash extremely fast and with an explosive roaring wash that disappears leaving you breathless The 18 20 and 22 are larger than life providing an extreme range of colour. Despite their awesome crashability, this is more than a line of effects cymbals - with three distinct playing surfaces and two mounting directions these are wonderfully versatile. Add some sizzles for even broader effect. Dream Pang series a whole new world of colour.
These traditional style Chinese cymbals are hand made by the same skilled Wuhan craftsmen that make all Dream cymbals and gongs. They are known for their dark, trashy and explosive authentic oriental sound. Prized for their responsiveness, penetration and distinctive tonal qualities, they add an intriguing texture to any drummers sound, be it for jazz, funk, rock, metal or even in an orchestral or chamber music setting. Available from 12", 14", 16", 18", 20", 22" and 24" No added EQ or effects are used when recording the cymbals.
Jin Ban Gongs Series
Also known as a bend up gong or Chinese opera gong. These gongs have an upward pitch bend when struck sharply. Available from 7" to 9" with mallet.
Tiger Gongs Series
A signature sound of China. Tiger gongs range in size from 13" to 16" and have distinctive downward bend to the note when struck firmly in the middle.
Chau Gongs Series
Otherwise known as a Tam-Tam, the Chau gong represents the most commonly known gong. It is found in symphony orchestras and rock bands the world over. It has no specific pitch but contains a broad and complex combination of frequencies coupled with tremendous dynamic range and sustain. Available from 6" to 60", mallet included. Stand sold seperately.
Bao Gongs Series
Bao or nipple gongs have a raised boss in their cente which yields a distinctive, focussed pitch centre throughout their entire sustain. Available from 4" to 40". The back of the gong is unlathed. Comes with a mallet, stand sold seperately.
Wind or Feng Gongs Series
Feng gongs are the crash cymbal of the gong world. They have a constantly evolving tone from a gentle murmur to thunderous explosions. Faster attack, explosive full frquency sound and shorter sustain differetiate the Feng gong from the Chau gong. The gong is flat with no lip and is fully lathed on both sides. Available from 6" to 60" each gong comes with a mallet. Stands sold seperately.