reshaping a cymbal

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SteveM
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reshaping a cymbal

Postby SteveM » Sat May 23, 2015 7:23 pm

I have a cymbal that's a cheap crappy one, but I want to donate it to a local school (sometimes all they need is something for the stock to hit and not something fancy). This is the same school with the drum pedal and the conga stand.

Problem is that the cymbal is inverted - i.e. the outside edge is higher than the center.

If I was going to try beating this with a hammer to get it to go back to the original profile, how should I go about it?

I suspect that hitting in on one side will make the metal larger so that it bends in the opposite direction. Which side gets longer? The side you hammer or the other side.

Steve

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Re: reshaping a cymbal

Postby ken572 » Sat May 23, 2015 9:55 pm

Steve, :D

How about a cheap bead roller from

HF clamped to your bench. :idea:

Just a Thought. :roll:

Ken. :)
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Re: reshaping a cymbal

Postby redneckalbertan » Sun May 24, 2015 1:31 am

You mean its a Chinese type cymbal. http://www.sabian.com/cymbals/index/typ ... anguage:en Going back a number of years I played with a broken cymbal trying to turn it into something useable. The one I was working with was fairly brittle. I found that supprising for something that is regularly struck.

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Re: reshaping a cymbal

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Re: reshaping a cymbal

Postby SteveM » Sun May 24, 2015 11:58 am

redneckalbertan wrote:You mean its a Chinese type cymbal. http://www.sabian.com/cymbals/index/typ ... anguage:en


It's not a China symbal, just a cheap Chinese piece of junk.

This one is just stamped sheet metal. Good ones are cast and or forged. but not just stamped from sheet.

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Re: reshaping a cymbal

Postby hammermill » Sun May 24, 2015 1:21 pm

I always thought metal spinning played a role in manf and hammering used to find for desired sound.

Thanks for the question I learned a bit by looking at a few videos. They show forging,rolling,spinning,hammering all playing a roll in tuning http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mak ... A4CD3328BF

The cymbal project has over 40 videos on the subject.

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