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Old 04-11-2013, 09:43 PM
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Friggin' awesome! One of the cooler things I've seen someone do around here.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:25 AM
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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.

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.

So, you're the guy buying up all the cracked cymbals on ebay.

I've been making DIY mounts for ... man, 30 years. Home Depot and hardware stores. A drummer's best friend.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:28 PM
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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.
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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.
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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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Old 12-23-2013, 10:10 PM
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Thank you for the kind words. Been playing for around 50 years, now. Sheesh, I'm getting old.

What do you do with the pieces left over? I've made really nice sounding wind chimes from some.

I also made a 'ribbon crasher' from some Sound Formula pieces, which works great. I want to make some bigger ones, too. I just take a hack saw to the cymbal pieces, saw a little, bend and snap them, and file the edges smooth. I stack them, in opposite directions, on a DIY mount.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:44 PM
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What do you do with the pieces left over? I've made really nice sounding wind chimes from some.

I also made a 'ribbon crasher' from some Sound Formula pieces, which works great. I want to make some bigger ones, too. I just take a hack saw to the cymbal pieces, saw a little, bend and snap them, and file the edges smooth. I stack them, in opposite directions, on a DIY mount.
I was lucky to sell about half of it off ebay. Still have some leftover stuff. I cut a lot of those into dozens of 'mini bell' size chunks as I was going to experiment with hand hammering but haven't done anything yet. As those are 'grouped' into similar sizes they could be arranged into oversized tambourines.

At one time I was interested in getting a ribbon crasher but somehow forgot about it - thanks for reminding me. I guess there's enough material left to make something similar. Those things shouldn't be too hard to make, there's not too much to it.

Do you have some pictures of your DIY stuff? That might serve as inspiration.
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:05 AM
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Yeah, sure, I'll throw some pics up after the holidays. :-)
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