Can A Splash Cymbal Be Made Splashier?

JustJames

Platinum Member
Recently I acquired, among others, a not-so splashy splash cymbal.

Although it is a splash cymbal in name, it is not as splashy as I feel it ought to be. It's a 12" cymbal, and is more of a very small crash cymbal than a true splash cymbal. Would lathing it down to 10" give it more of a splash sound? Would lathing some material off its thickness give it more splash? Beating the crap out of it with a hammer against an anvil?

I paid peanuts for it, so I am game for experimentation if anybody has some info that might be useful.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Maybe you'r getting a 'Schpang'' rather than "Spsshhhhh"
Drill it and put in two or three rivets. Gives it some sizzle.
12 is on the large side for the splash effect.
 

JustJames

Platinum Member
Maybe you'r getting a 'Schpang'' rather than "Spsshhhhh"
Drill it and put in two or three rivets. Gives it some sizzle.
12 is on the large side for the splash effect.

Definitely a schpang sound!

Your suggestion gives me an idea...I'll try the basin plug chain idea and see how that goes as a starting point.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
10" give it more of a splash sound? Would lathing some material off its thickness give it more splash?

I believe both of those would work, especially the latter.
Large holes too, would make the decay quicker, trashier and dryer.
 
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larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Cut it down to 10" is what I'd try. The 10" size is a really great splash size IMO.

Maybe first cut it down to 11" to get your cutting chops together and then home in on the 10" size.

What's the worst that could happen?

You could try hammering it first, but you may trash the sound up doing that. That's just a guess, I never took a hammer to a cymbal.

The experience alone would be worth it.
 
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