MEINL Company History

1929


Birth of founder Roland Meinl

1951


Founding of Company by Roland Meinl

1952


Birth of Reinhold Meinl
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1952


Start of MEINL Cymbal Production
First Production

1959


Start of serial cymbal production
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First MEINL employee

1964


First MEINL employee was hired

1965


MEINL becomes the first company to use Cymbal Poly Bags
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Construction of new building

1969


Construction of new building for Cymbal Production and Wholesale
Reinhold Meinl

1972


Reinhold Meinl joins the company and becomes the president to this day
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1972


MEINL becomes the first company to use screen logos for cymbals
Bronze Cymbal Production

1974


First steps into Bronze Cymbal Production
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cymbal pre-pack sets

1974


MEINL becomes the first company to offer cymbal pre-pack sets
Crystal-Finish

1976


First Pro Series "King Beat" with Crystal-Finish is established
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Headquarter in Neustadt/Aisch

1980


Companies still existing Headquarters in Neustadt/Aisch was build
Streamer Series

1982


Nickel-plated "Streamer" Series was established
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Meteor Series

1983


Top-selling "Meteor" Series was established
Laser Pro Series

1983


"Laser" Pro Series was established
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Dragon Pro Series

1984


Introduction of the legendary "Dragon" Pro Series
Headliner Cymbals

1984


Introduction of top-seller "Headliner" cymbals
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1984


First Hammering Robot Machine was purchased

1984


First company to use multi-colour screen-printed logos
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Profile Pro Series

1984


Introduction of "Profile" Pro Series
Raker Pro Series

1985


Introduction of "Raker" Pro Series
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Coloured Headliner Cymbals

1986


Introduction of Special Edition Coloured Headliner Cymbals
Laser Time Pro Series

1987


Introduction of "Laser Time" Pro Series with Sound Wave Hihats
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Soundcheck Program

1989


Soundcheck Program was introduced
Reference Class Series

1989


Top Pro "Reference Class" Series was introduced
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Tritonal

1990


First MEINL Signature-Line "TRI TO NAL" was introduced
Lightning Concept

1994


Introduction of "Lightning" Crash and Splash Concept
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Raker Pro Series

1995


10th Anniversary of "Raker" Pro Series
Custom Cymbal Shop

1995


"Custom Cymbal Shop" Concept was created
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Classics Semi-Pro Series

1996


Introduction of Semi-Pro series "Classics"
MEINL office in Neustadt/Aisch

1996


Expansion of MEINL offices in Neustadt/Aisch
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XL Cymbal Concept

1997


Introduction of "XL" Cymbal Concept
One of a Kind Cymbals

1997


"One of A Kind" Cymbals were introduced
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Amun Pro Series

1999


Introduction of "Amun" Pro Series
MEINL USA L.C., Florida

2000


MEINL USA, L.C. first opens its doors in Miami, Florida
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Byzance Pro Series

2001


Introduction of Turkish-made "Byzance" Pro Series
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Generation X Cymbal Line

2001


"Generation X" Cymbal Line was introduced

2001


MEINL adds laser-etched logos and serial-numbers on all cymbals
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50th Anniversary

2002


MEINL Cymbals celebrates 50th Anniversary
MCS Cymbal Set

2002


Introduction of MCS Cymbal Set
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Tom's Becken

2002


"Tom's Becken" are added to the "Generation X" Line

2002


MEINL USA's Miami office moves to Music City-Nashville, Tennessee
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scale model MEINL cymbals Gutenstetten

2002


Start of Construction for the new MEINL cymbal production in Gutenstetten, Germany

2002


Start of Engineering prototypes from a new B12 alloy
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MIPA award for Generation X cymbals

2003


M.I.P.A. award for MEINL "Generation X" cymbals

2003


"Generation X Days" Tour takes Europe by storm with Johnny Rabb and Thomas Lang
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Grand Opening of new cymbal production in Gutenstetten

2003


Grand Opening of new MEINL cymbal production in Gutenstetten, Germany
Soundcaster Pro Series

2004


"Soundcaster" Pro Series introduced with new B12 Alloy
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Roland Meinl's 75th birthday

2004


Founder, Mr. Roland Meinl celebrates his 75th birthday
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