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Old 05-26-2008, 07:57 PM
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Default Antique China (and would like some help)

I just bought a china cymbal from a flea market today. I spent $35 and I like the sound. It's about 18'' diam.

The only thing the guy (who was selling mostly guitars) could tell me about it was that he bought it at an antiques shop about ten years ago. Here's some issues I would like help with:

First the hole is very small, maybe 4 to 8 mm in diameter, not even big enough to fit a pencil through. Is there a safe way to drill it larger? or would I be better off rigging up a different way to suspend it.

Also, there is a rather prominent crack near the bell area (see pics) Does it look that detrimental? and is there a good way to keep it from getting bigger.







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Old 05-27-2008, 12:06 AM
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Looks like a wuhan... hmmm...

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Old 05-27-2008, 06:24 PM
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it's not as flimsy as a wuhan, and it's not stamped.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:38 PM
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It's not a very sturdy idea, but to avoid drilling, you could feed some string through, then tie a knot underneath the bell and hang it somehow. .............I really didn't think about that before typing!

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Old 05-28-2008, 01:03 AM
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the bell part makes it look like a wuhan? maybe im wrong?
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:57 AM
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It's not a very sturdy idea, but to avoid drilling, you could feed some string through, then tie a knot underneath the bell and hang it somehow. .............I really didn't think about that before typing!

Tom
I think you're on the right track. I would take a bolt thin enough to fit through there, and wrap it with electrical tape so it doesn't keyhole the cymbal. Then, I would try attatching the other end of the bolt to the top of a cymbal stand with a few of the smallest size hose clamps.


Actually, I just had a simpler idea. Why not take a long skinny bolt, and stick it through the hole where he cymbal tilter attaches to the boom arm? Just put a felt between the cymbal and the boom-arm half of the tilter. Does that make sense?

I felt extra nerdy, so I made a quick thingy.

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Old 05-29-2008, 07:44 AM
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That would be an old Chineese lion cymbal. I do not think the hole is made at the factory, because the ''bell'' is used as a handle. These were used in pairs. Cymbals have been made like this for a LONG time in China, and not just by Wuhan. I don't think drilling the hole a bit would harm the cymbal.
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