how common is it to crash the "ride" cymbal?


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It's cool, I see what you are saying.

As for working the material, I dont know. I do know you can change the alignment of the molecular structure. Whether or not that alters density, that would require a metallurgist to answer.
This is great stuff and insightful as well thanks for that. Now I’m really getting excited.

I know hot-forged metal-like traditional cymbal makers-are stronger than cast metals. I'm pretty sure the heat and hammering alter the crystalline structure but I don't think it changes the density of the metal (that stays constant I would think).
GetAgrippa Agreed, hammering will alter surface tension but should not change density overall.


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Density is the mass of an object per unit of volume. In other words, metals with the same mass will occupy less or more space depending on their density. A metal with a high density will occupy a smaller space than a metal with a low density. A metal with a low density will occupy a larger space than a metal with a higher density. This space the metals occupy is called volume.

Since density is mass per unit volume, the density of a metal can be calculated by submerging it in a known amount of water and measuring how much the water rises. This rise is the volume of the metal. Its mass can be measured using a scale. The unit for density is gm/cm3.

Perhaps we just need an agreed-upon graduated cylinder and amount of water, and all the cymbals. Can't be too difficult. ;) :D
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