The craft of cymbal making has been Ibrahim's life. In 1993, at the age of 17 he began working with Istanbul Cymbals, one of the more famous Turkish cymbal manufacturers. After working with the masters at Istanbul for about seven years, Ibrahim and his brother Murat left Istanbul to form their own company. Moving to the Black Sea coast city of Samsun, they collaborated with the German company Meinl in the design and production of the “Byzance” line, which is still in production in Samsun. Soon thereafter they partnered with Switzerland’s Paiste in the design and production of the “Twenty” line. Both of these cymbal lines have gone on to have a reputation of excellence, and are known to most drummers as a return to the Turkish traditional hand made cymbal, by cutting edge companies. Always learning, and feeling that he was ready to take the cymbal industry to a new level, Ibrahim thought it time to take the larger step and at the age of 32, Ibrahim
Samsun is a city in northern Turkey, on the coast of the Black Sea, with a population of 725,111 as of 2007. It is the capital city of Samsun Province and an important port. Samsun was founded as the colony Amisos (alternative spelling Amisus, Eis Amison - meaning to amisos took the name Samsunta or Samsus (Eis Amison - Samson - Samsounta) as in Greek + ounta "Greek toponomical suffix". ) by settlers from Miletus in the 7th century BC. Samsun's ideal combination of fertile ground and shallow waters has attracted numerous trade interests. Greek colonists settled in the 6th century BC and established a flourishing trade relationship with the Anatolians. At that time, Samsun was part of the Greek colony of Amisus. In the 3rd century BC, Samsun came under the expanded rule of the Kingdom of Pontus. The Kingdom of Pontus had been part of the empire of Alexander the Great. However, the empire was fractured soon after Alexander's death in the 4th century BC. At its height, the kingdom controlled the north of central Anatolia and mercantile towns on the northern Black Sea shores.
The Romans took over in 47 BC, and were replaced by the Byzantines after the fall of Rome. In 1200 Samsun was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the İlhanlılar. Samsun was incorporated into the network of Genoese trading posts and was taken by the Ottomans in the beginning of the 15th century. Before leaving, the Genoese razed the town.
Atatürk founded the Turkish republic movement at Samsun and it served as its base during the Turkish War of Independence.
For more details on this topic, see Turkish War of Independence.
The city is a Roman Catholic titular see.
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left the company he had helped found with his brother Murat, and formed his own company to begin producing his own line of cymbals under the name DIRIL.
Ibrahim takes great pride in the fact that each cymbal is crafted from an ingot of bronze cast in his own foundry, rolled in his own mill. The cymbals are fired and milled numerous times to create a cross grain crystalline structure to then be sent to the hammering room where artisans hand hammer each cymbal until it reaches the high standards that only Diril can offer.
The USA distributorship began with a lifelong drummer suffering from cymbalaholicism purchasing two Diril cymbals directly from Ibrahim. At age 54 he had spent 40 years of his life including middle and high school, college, and an adult life playing in various bands from Jazz to Rock, Big Band to Swing, all the while searching for the perfect cymbal. After the purchase of several hundred cymbals in the search for that “Grail”, he happened upon the new company named Diril and purchased two cymbals from Ibrahim. WOW. In Diril, not only did he find what he had spent most of his musical life searching for, but was so mesmerized with the instruments that he negotiated the sole distributorship for the United States. Hence Diril Cymbals USA was born.