there's a theme- there's theme's to be made; Sound themes.blanket generalizations don't seem to apply to many old Ks.
In general, they've been the era from which I've liked the least cymbals that I've played.
A bit too icy and A. Zildjian-like for my taste in K's. (not to imply that I don't like A. Zildjian; quite the contrary)
Having said that, one of the nicest 22" K's I've played was an Intermediate Stamp at Maxwells NYC in 2008. It weighed 2500-ish grams, and was just so well balanced. Tonally, I wouldn't have guessed it was an Intermediate (it sounded older than that), but it was. I remember asking Jesse how much it was ($1800), and being so bummed that I had to leave the shop without it.
I've heard some really sweet Intermediate Stamp hi-hats, too. For hats, I think the cleaner and clearer tone of that era works really well.
...I found a photo my friend snapped of of me playing that 22" Intermediate Stamp at Maxwell's.
Man, I wish I could reach into that photo, pull that cymbal out of it, and play it again!
I imagine everyone has heard the story about how K.Zil ran out of metal at 1 time..and bought up miles and miles of wire from a Turkish phone company..which they then smelted down…..
I believe this is what they used to make intermediates with,as to me,the metal looks different then NS/OS ones….