The very first Bliss prototypes were a unique micro-lathed hand hammered cymbal with a signature soft edge, low profile bell and gradual taper. Overnight these became collector’s items. So popular we released them as their own line: Vintage Bliss.
Their unique shape and weight give them and even wilder froth of ocean in the sound, while maintaining a rich warm stick sound. Supremely responsive and full bodied they also have a fairly fast decay. These make truly functional crash-rides, the crashes are full and punchy while maintaining a defined stick sound supported by just the right amount of wash.
One of our favourites, the Vintage Bliss 22 projects a warm, woody articulation surrounded by a swell of low, sizzling overtones. At louder volumes it retains stick articulation, which is never overpowered by the underlying overtone spread. When crashed, this cymbal roars and then decays quickly enough to begin a ride pattern again almost immediately. I found this cymbal’s sound and forgiving feel to be utterly fantastic.
- Surface: micro-lathed by hand
- Bow: low gentle bridge
- Bell: broad shoulder, smooth transition medium low height
- Weight: thin tapers at edge
- Hammering: hand hammered before and after lathing
- Stick: woody round attack
- Wash: tons of wash, dragons breath, lots of wobble, quick decay