The 703 series are the epitome of vintage Jazz style cymbals and a perfect fit for Jazz or any music that needs a warm, organic and complex sounding cymbal. These instruments are very expressive, responsive, and sensitive to how and where they are played over the surface.
The 703 is completely hand made, and therefore each one is different from the next, no two alike.
Because 703’s are so process-driven, these cymbals will always be listed with a sound-file of the exact cymbal being sold. When you purchase these cymbals, you’ll buy the exact 703 cymbal being advertised online due to variations in each cymbal.
Usually lighter weights, lots of warmth, strong stick, and a nice pad under a trashy wash that harkens to the old Zildjian K's but with a breath of freshness. The shoulder crash is dreamy. 703's possess a bit of attitude, complexity and demand that you respect their capabilities.
My personal favorites.
The bells of the 703’s are lower in profile and slightly smaller in diameter. Cymbal profiles can vary which means each cymbal can be quite different from the next. Each 703 cymbal is unique unto itself – no two are alike, and the end product emanates from the sound characteristics that present themselves as the cymbal is made and by the direction that Toshio Koide chooses to take in creating the cymbal.
In the Koide line, the 703 cymbals are the closest to traditional Turkish cymbals. All 703 cymbals are shaped entirely by hand hammering and are tuned by the human hammer smith. Made from Koide´s own patented B20 blanks and hammered to shape, allowed to chill out for a while, and maybe hammered some more before lathing... then maybe more hammering and lathing. It all depends on how Toshio Koide feels about the direction he wants to take with the cymbal or what the cymbal beckons for.
This is the artistry of cymbal making. Custom orders are accepted with 703's. if you have a certain voice in mind. Let me know what you are looking for! We also offer un-lathed tops for a drier sound.
703's cost more than the other series as they should due to the amount of personal attention and time it takes to create each one. Since each cymbal has unique sound characteristics, it creates a very personal sound for the player that is highly sought after. I would argue that these instruments are a bargain and an investment that very likely will appreciate in value.
Firm ping sound with extensive sustain, quick respons and articulation.
703 Ride 18" SOUND CLIP
21" Jazz Ride SOUND CLIP
A combination of soft, dark and light tones that is designed to create a Hi-hat with subtle and refined nuances, as well as sensitive response.
703 Hi-Hats 14" SOUND CLIP
703 Drum Solo SOUND CLIP Cymbals in the clip: Ride 22" + 20” + 18" Hi-Hats 14"
Modern Drummer Magazine August 2020 review of Koide Cymbals
Modern Drummer Magazine podcast October 2020 about Koide Cymbals. It begins at ca 00:40.