Where to find cheap, unwanted, garbage cymbals...

Dignan

Silver Member
Yes, that's correct. I'm looking for a pair of hi-hats and a crash or ride that are as cheap (inexpensive) and undesirable as possible. I've made a silent practice kit with an old Royce set I got for free. I put Remo silentstroke heads on it but now I want some beater cymbals to put mutes on and leave there for quiet practicing. Problem is, I can't seem to get my hands on any without paying what I think is too much for them.

I just know there have to be literally hundreds, if not thousands of B8s or ZBTs or cymbals with "drum brand names" on them (even worse) in my area that people don't want or use. I just want something that better simulates cymbal rebound and I don't want to use any of my nice cymbals for this as I don't want to swap them out constantly. CL doesn't really have many of these crap cymbals in my area, surprisingly. Tried goodwill online too with little luck.

Anyone have any ideas?

I just know that somewhere, some parent is like, "can't someone just take these damn things off my hands for free?" I just need to find those people.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Try this: http://www.musicgoround.com/c/66/cymbals?orderby=7

If you have a store in your area, so much the better. You can look at them to see if there's anything to be done with them.

Realize though, that the results are rarely worth the effort, unless you just want
to try it for the experience.

Edit: GC has quite a few too: http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedge...ir=asc&srch&category=39&q=cymbal&distance=100

Edit:
... I've made a silent practice kit with an old Royce set I got for free. I put Remo silentstroke heads on it but now I want some beater cymbals to put mutes on and leave there for quiet practicing. ...

I didn't read your post closely enough. For that purpose, trying something like this would be easier: http://www.amazon.com/Pintech-5-Piece-Practice-Cymbal-Set/dp/B0002F7AFG

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Dignan

Silver Member
Try this: http://www.musicgoround.com/c/66/cymbals?orderby=7

If you have a store in your area, so much the better. You can look at them to see if there's anything to be done with them.

Realize though, that the results are rarely worth the effort, unless you just want
to try it for the experience.

Edit:

I didn't read your post closely enough. For that purpose, trying something like this would be easier: http://www.amazon.com/Pintech-5-Piece-Practice-Cymbal-Set/dp/B0002F7AFG

Thanks Wildbill. I'll check out the Music Go Round site. Shipping prices seem to be the downside to this but maybe there is something close to me. I actually have two pintech practice cymbals for crashes and they work well for that, but I found that I want the feel of real metal under my sticks for hats and ride. Thanks for the suggestions.
 

uhtrinity

Senior Member
Check with local music and pawn shops, bet you could find some cheap brass cymbals. Some of the place here have "crap bins" for such items.
 

BertTheDrummer

Gold Member
The Guitar Center here usually has a ton of super cheap junk cymbals they price for like $10-15 that they take in during their 15% off new gear trade in days.

Otherwise eBay might be a good source as well.
 

double_G

Silver Member
if by some chance you have an inside guy at a metal recycling place...there can be many wins. i knew an old school bass player years ago in GA that after (he knew i was interested in cymbals that came in) awhile would set aside all the "passable" cymbals. many were the CRAPPIEST cymbals ever milled. rained on, rusted, broken, cracked student / CB700 type stuff. but i found some gems that i kept. i think the best was an entry level zildjian and a cracked but HH sabian. and these paid off later even if i wasn't gigging with them. just experimenting w/ stacking at home or when i had certain students w/ almost nothing, i would give them these cymbals.
 

Dignan

Silver Member
This is a good idea but unfortunately I don't know anyone that works at a place like that.
 
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