That's certainly sad news. What a loss. One of the true cymbal artisan trail blazers of our modern time gone.
Believe me, if you were Robert Zildjian, you wouldn't be on here. He can't even create good cymbals these days anyway. I put a lot of thought into my post, more than you put into your reply in fact.
If it can't sound any worse then there is a good chance it would sound better. Swinging a hammer at it without a proper anvil though, does give you a chance to crack it. Sounds like a good opportunity to learn about hammering without much to lose.