what to do with unwanted cymbals?

davor

Senior Member
update - thanks to the useful comments on here I have sold the cracked/unplayable cymbals to a metalsmith who does community work - he will use them for arts and crafts, jewellery making with students etc..

And I also have a buyer for two of my other cymbals which are not that valuable but are perfectly playable.

All the proceeds are going towards the pearl floor tom to bass drum conversion I'm doing :)
 

slhanks04

Member
Re: what to do with unwanted cymblas?

Also, here in the States, there's a bizarre phenomenon on local marketplace websites/apps where an item listed for a few dollars or listed at an extremely low relative price can fetch more interest and more reliable buyers that the same item listed as "free."

Depending on what you have, I might be interested as well!
I think that with items marked as "free", many potential buyers assume there must be something wrong with the item or else why would someone just give it away? If it has value, then there's nothing wrong with setting a fair price for it.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
I had a few cracked Paiste pies, cost about $700 new. I took them to the local metal recycler, told him they were at least 80% copper. I walked away with enough money to buy a 6-pak. The beer helped numb the sting.
 

miglasser

New member
Hi all, what do people usually do with unwanted cymbals? I’ve accumulated quite a few cymbals which are either broken or too low in value to get them sold. Categorised as follows:

1) Broken/ cracked, and they didn’t start out as good cymbals either
2) Vintage cymbals, decent condition, no cracks/ keyhole - but relative value is so low no-one is interested when I’ve tried to sell them online
3) Vintage cymbals with small amount of damage/cracks that may be fixable, but the cost to do this would be greater than the value of the cymbal

Ideally I’d like some cash for these but it seems I can’t even give them away! I’m in the UK.
Anyone ever had such a collection, what did you do?

Thanks
My 19 year old son just built himself a cymbal lathe. When he was around 11, I took him to tour the Sabien factory and he's been a cymbal guy ever since (he's a drummer, I'm a keyboard player). In any case, I'd pay for shipping if anyone is willing to send their broken cymbals to us. He's contacted all the local shops here in Baltimore, MD for broken cymbals as well.

Many thanks!
Mike
 

moneydog59

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KamaK

Platinum Member
While they might not sell by themselves, they're good sweetener's when trying to sell other stuff.

Selling a snare for 200 but the guy offers 175? Bring him back up to 200 by saying that you'll throw in a cymbal or two.

When I was selling my A-Customs for ~$500, the buyer tried to talk me down. I ended up throwing in a cheap hard case (that I got for free) and a cymbal clamp for the splash (that I got for free).
 

Captain Bash

Silver Member
Another view, you ask what to do with unwanted cymbals, easy........you give them away to a school or music programme where others will be set on the drumming pathway,
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
At my house, a busted cymbal would make a great target. It has a built in bullseye and there would be no question as to where the rounds hit. I realize this isn't for everyone, and not everyone lives in a place that this can happen. But in my neck of the woods, this fate seems to befall many a dead item.

Now I wish I had some crap cymbals.
 

miglasser

New member
Re: what to do with unwanted cymblas?



I think that with items marked as "free", many potential buyers assume there must be something wrong with the item or else why would someone just give it away? If it has value, then there's nothing wrong with setting a fair price for it.
We would gladly pay the shipping for any broken cymbals. My son just built himself a cymbal lathe (from scratch) and now he's on the hunt for cymbals to work on. LMK. We are outside of Baltimore, MD.
Thx
Mike
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Hi all, what do people usually do with unwanted cymbals?....
If they're undamaged and I just don't like them, I'll trade them towards something else to try.

If they're damaged, cracked, broken, key holed, etc., I'll modify them.
But that takes tools, time, and a bit of experience so you don't destroy any vital body parts. :D
It's not the way to go for everyone.
 
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Peedy

Guest
Hi all, what do people usually do with unwanted cymbals? I’ve accumulated quite a few cymbals which are either broken or too low in value to get them sold. Categorised as follows:

1) Broken/ cracked, and they didn’t start out as good cymbals either
2) Vintage cymbals, decent condition, no cracks/ keyhole - but relative value is so low no-one is interested when I’ve tried to sell them online
3) Vintage cymbals with small amount of damage/cracks that may be fixable, but the cost to do this would be greater than the value of the cymbal

Ideally I’d like some cash for these but it seems I can’t even give them away! I’m in the UK.
Anyone ever had such a collection, what did you do?

Thanks
Pay it forward. Go to a school in a low income area and talk to the music teacher. I’m sure they could direct you to a deserving student who would prize anything you had to give.
 
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