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Old 04-05-2007, 04:05 AM
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Default 1970's A Zildjian Ride Reclamation Project

Been busy playing, checking out other bands, and doing stuff elsewhere on the internet to get people out to shows (msypace mostly), so haven't posted here much lately. But this is a nifty little story. The pictures are in roughly chronological order from about 4:45 this afternoon until 6:15 or so.
Anway, this cymbal has been around for a few weeks: $75 asking price at Candyland Music here in Richmond. Traded him a Tama Piccolo snare that I knew I would take forever to sell, he gave me $40 for that, so I paid $35 He already had the drill out, and asked if I wanted a couple rivets while he was on a roll, I said sure!

Opened all the windows in the front room (it's pretty much a sunroom) cracked some beers, threw on some tunes and sniffed some acetone, trying to get this bad boy presentable! It was about 80 out, and not a cloud in the sky!

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Old 04-05-2007, 04:08 AM
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mmmm...beer. Its been a few days and I miss you already.


and oh yeah good job on the ride!
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:13 AM
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Looks like you did a great job of cleaning that ride up. Was there a big difference between the sound before & after?
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:15 AM
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It opened up a bit, slightly washier, slightly brighter as well. It's a terrific cymbal, and the rivets just give it character at Rock Volumes, without making it sound out of place. It may replace my 20" K Custom Medium as my primary ride (haven't played it with the band yet, it just has that "vibe")
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:21 AM
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wow...

who would do that to a cymbal in the first place?

good work cleaning it... if i saw that thing for sale like that i would have passed it up without a second thought even as to what it was, let alone stopping to look at a price.

on a sidenote... I have a 16" sabian medium crash that looks like it has been painted, burned with a torch, taped up, cleaned sort of and then painted more and then cleaned again. I still to this day haven't found a 16" crash i like the sound of more than that sabian... Cymbals are weird like that.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:45 AM
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mmmm...beer. Its been a few days and I miss you already.

and oh yeah good job on the ride!
lol!
Nice job indeed.

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wow...
who would do that to a cymbal in the first place?
And that is exactly what I was wondering... Such a waste!
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:52 AM
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Opened all the windows in the front room (it's pretty much a sunroom) cracked some beers, threw on some tunes and sniffed some acetone, trying to get this bad boy presentable! It was about 80 out, and not a cloud in the sky!
Hey, that is truly amazing! Man, I wish I had a very old rosty thing which I could restore...
Good job bro...er, and how heavy is this cymbal in grams? I`m just wondering.

Keep groovin` ;-)

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Old 04-05-2007, 09:21 PM
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good work cleaning it... if i saw that thing for sale like that i would have passed it up without a second thought even as to what it was, let alone stopping to look at a price
You could tell from the Lathing, profile etc that it was a "Real" instrument of some kind. I was looking around the top for a badge, and couldn't find it (it was covered by the paint, it shows now) and some guy said, that's a pretty nice Zildjian actually, I flipped it over and saw the hollow Zildjian logo which I found out was a 70's thing. Asked a price and kept it in mind for a few weeks. Yesterday I just decided it was time to go do it.


Karl, on the weight, I will weigh it this afternoon, but I'm guessing 2000-2300. It feels and rides like a medium, but crashes like a thin. I'm a big meathead oaf, so I trust my ears on that crash more than my "feel" on how heavy it is. I'll try to get a real weight on it this afternoon.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:09 PM
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Awesome job. Congrats!
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:14 PM
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Great job on that, I love cheap but quality cymbals.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:53 AM
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I was way off on the weight. I think what I was hearing as "Crash" was actually sibillance from the rivets.

On the scale at the gym it came in at a hair under 6lbs or 2600-2700g.

Gonna try and slide by the post office tomorrow to see if I can get a "calibrated" reading on it.
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Nice job on the Zildjian, but it sure looked like more than a 3 beer job.
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Old 04-06-2007, 07:51 AM
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I was kind of scared, with all the acetone and paint on my hands to reach for the beers that often, plus it was early, and I still had stuff to do that evening. It was a slow 3 beers to say the least, 1.5 or 2 hours.
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Wonderful job man.

I d love to get some serious bronze for a cheap price........

i wouldnt mind having to restore it either.........
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great job on the beer and the ride!
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