Cool ! Thanks for informing me. Nothing wrong with outsourcing manufacturing of course....I have to correct you on that one. Diril makes no cymbals for Meinl. That stopped many years ago.
Meinl have their own factory in Turkey where the Byzance series is made.
Interesting perspective. The only K Cons that ever worked for me were ( are) the 22 rides as jazz rides. Everything else, hats, and especially crashes and 20's I couldn't really connect with.Having actually played the K Constantinoples I can say that these sound absolutely nothing like them. I really wanted to like the K Cons but they had no versatility whatsoever. No matter where you hit or how hard or lightly you hit them they produce the same sound. It's a very nice and pleasant sound, but just the one. As such, unless I wanted to fit my kit with a dozen different K Cons, they just weren't that fun or versatile to play.
From what I'm gathering on these Foundry Reserve videos it appears that you can get quite diverse tones from them. I could see having a pair of them and getting several different sounds. Of course, like anything, I'll have to actually play them to find out. Figured that out with the K Cons...