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Old 12-20-2013, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: Arky's DIY cymbal modification stuff

Originally Posted by Drumsinhisheart View Post
Arky. Splendid. Man after my own heart.

I use a saber saw with a metal blade on mine. Cuts through quite easily. Then, yeah, the filing of the edges takes time, but I get them round and smooth.
Interesting approach.
Originally Posted by Drumsinhisheart View Post
The thing I noticed is when you cut down a ride and the stress on the bow is so great the edges turn up and you get that wild, sharp chinese sound in the ring of the bell. One of my favorites has been a 12" B8Pro spash I cut down to a 10" then popped it inside out/ Bites like a junkyard dog.
The splashes I got out of those cracked cymbals tend to sound aggressive. I was thinking they're too aggressive for my taste but they could be used for stacks or might come handy at a later time when miked up or in a heavier context. So I might keep them. Or cut them down some more and make more bells.
Originally Posted by Drumsinhisheart View Post
I've been making DIY mounts for ... man, 30 years. Home Depot and hardware stores. A drummer's best friend.
I think I'm in for this in the future - e.g. a foot-operated cowbell (or framedrum) would be nice. Buying all that stuff is expensive and sometimes you need specific solutions that aren't readily available on the market. Plus, making one's own stuff is fun and a way to utilize leftover material or stuff that would be useless otherwise and bound to get discarded.

I saw your DIY practice pad thread - nice work and you have impressive skills! It's obvious that you've been playing drums for a good while!

I haven't done any cymbal modification for a while now - there's so much stuff that has piled up, I should first use that and then see whether I still 'need' something different/even more. (I guess the answer would be 'no'. But then there's the fun factor, haha.)
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