Hand-hammering and re-creating cymbals

Steamer

Platinum Member
That's certainly sad news. What a loss. One of the true cymbal artisan trail blazers of our modern time gone.

RIP Johan.
 

mind_drummer

Platinum Member
RIP Johan

You were on my plan for cymbals modification. True cymbalsmith artisan and great dude, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Now time to reshape Tony Williams ride & Jeff Porcaro hats.
 
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DamoSyzygy

Guest
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.
Actually, the Zildjian family DO frequent this site.
 

mofle

Silver Member
I got to know of this terrible thing yesterday, and Johan will truly be missed.

Rest in peace, Johan.
 
This is the result of my hammering. I kind of like the bottom hat. The top hat is awful. Both were overhammered. But the top was excessively over hammered. The profile was totally distorted. I have been using the B8 bottom with my zht top and it sounds pretty nice. Both together is a big trash mess. They both lost volume, I assume because the overhammering "choked" it out. Maybe a lathe would add more volume if the cymbal was smoothed. Overall, it was alot of fun and I am going to bang away at that top and learn as much as I can before it falls apart.

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805Drummer

Gold Member
I have an Argent crash/ride cymbal. It's plain CRAP. It sounds like absolutely nothing. It would sell for $4. Would just taking a hammer and pounding it make it sound better?
 
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.
 

805Drummer

Gold Member
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.
Haha, yeah, I cracked it. Oh well.
 

mofle

Silver Member
I have no pictures right now, but I have rehammered a Sabian XS-20 Medium ride. It used to sound like a mediocore rock ride, and now it is a dry, thrashy and darker cymbal:
 

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The Levee Breaker

Senior Member
Johan VDS

Although I did not know you, I saw, heard and appreciated your work greatly. I was amazed by your vast knowledge of cymbals and your skills as a true craftsman, and percussionist.

You were a member who will be truly missed by all on the forum, and your spirit shall live on in the wonderful cymbals that you created.

Rest In Peace
 

drumbandit

Silver Member
I only just found out, I'll genuinely miss him posting and sending his messages about hammering. I guess my ZXTs will stay as ZXTs.

RIP
 

Bish

Member
I would also like to offer my condolences, a terrible loss of a great man that I never knew, but hugely respected.

RIP Johan, you will be missed.
 

delliejonut

Junior Member
Wow, I just found out this terrible news today. His cymbals are the only ones that have actually sent shivers down my spine. It's terrible he had to go so young.
 

DannyMeazell

Junior Member
OMG I am setting here stunned with tears in my eyes. I have been out of the loop doing concerts and such for 9 months. I just found out about Johan passing. He was one of the kindest most patient people who loved drumming, who loved Cymbals and who Loved people. I went to his website to order a cymbal and found out. This is devastating! OMG Rest in Peace Bro! I still cannot believe it! God needed a Cymbal Maker! ;(
Danny Meazell
 
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