Artisan Cymbals, Gongs and other Metal Percussion Sound Sculptures
Magazine Reviews and Customer Testimonials
Rhythm Magazine (UK)
Refreshing to encounter instruments that are genuinely different from the pack, though not so much that they can't be used in all manner of conventional musical settings.
Of the three crashes, my favourite was the 17" Thin Dark. It is fast yet supple and deep with a short sustain, a dark and mysteriously explosive "bish". The heavier crashes are a little more familiar souding. They are just as powerful [as Paiste 2002s] but differ in being darker in timbre and more Zildjian in their roundness of tone.
The 22" Medium ride has an alluring, wiry zing in the tone which I've not heard anywhere else. The stick tip response is super clear and lively but not hard; there is a clean "tick" quality with a spongy give underneath and a controlled spread with a seriously deep tone.
The 14" hi-hats will appeal to those who want something controllable and not too abrasive. For jazz, indie, folk, funk - where a complex warm tone is appreciated, and you want to be able to control dynamics and occasionally play softly, this pair is certainly worth checking out.
Not So Modern Drummer Magazine (USA)
Perhaps the coolest looking gong I've ever seen is Nolan's "Bat-Head" Gong. Crafted in the shape of a bat's head (complete with ears and eyes), the gong strikes an eerie, supernatural appearance. It sounds the same way too, with a massive, dark sound that billows out when struck. Nolan also manufactures some amazing drum set cymbals. Matt is where you go when you want unique sounds you can't find anywhere else.
I was floored. These are by far the best sounding hi-hats I have ever heard.
I played the cymbal last night - 'tis great!
I received the gong today, and I absolutely love it! I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. It is so awesome!
I have received the greatest piece of art and cymbal ever created thank you so very much. Your work is truly inspirational. It sounds even better live than on the [mp3] soundfile.
Thank you so much for doing what you do. This really embodies exactly what I feel about the art of percussion, visually and aurally. I will put them to their highest use.
She gave them to me as a Christmas present and Iíll freely admit it was the highlight of my holiday. Iíve since played them (drooled on them) daily and love them. Not only are they an amazing set of hats, they are also the coolest looking cymbals in my collection.
It hasn't left the stand for rehearsals or gigs since its arrival.
Visually, the most beautiful cymbal I've ever seen ...and it looks almost as good as it sounds. To me, if 20" 602/Sound Creation Dark Rides were on-par with the 22s, or arguably better than many of the 22s, they'd sound something like this one.
Thanks for such a great in instrument, it fills a sound I've been searching for.
It was great to see your booth at PASIC. It really gave me new perspective as to how wide the sound spectrum of percussion can spread.
Hand-made, hand-forged in Bath, England, UK.