Those two brands were established and strong enough to overcome the perception. It pretty much spelled the end of Soultone, though.It kind of does. Probably did some real brand damage to Bosphorus and Istanbul Mehmet.
The sad part is the Soultones that I purchased are decent cymbals, and their smaller (19 & 20 inch) flat rides in any of their model lines are simply amazing IMHO. I have done my share of gigging with the Soultones that I purchased because for older rock and blues just about any of their model lines work well.