Sabian Cymbal Refresh

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  1. RickP

    RickP Dan RH Jr.

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    https://www.sabian.com/en/pages/cymbal-refresh

    I have used this service a couple times now and no issues whatsoever.
    I recently picked up a Sabian Artisan 20" Light ride used from EBay. The cymbal had no structural issues but it is a tad too washy and dirty.
    I reached out to Sabian and discussed what I wanted to hear from the cymbal. The Sabian Agent suggested a Sound Control Flange be applied , and I also asked for it to be polished to a brilliant finish as well . The reasoning being that this would tighten up the sound and enhance the stick definition. I should have the cymbal back this week or next.

    s-l1600.jpg Before Pic.

    I will post after pics when it gets returned.

    Note the $40 price includes return shipping !
     
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    equipmentdork Very well Known Member

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    I have used their "sound matching" service to approximate an old cymbal I had cracked. I emailed them what I wanted, and they sent back a cymbal marked "Prototype" with the qualities I asked for. Awesome service from these guys!



    Dan
     
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    markkarj Well-Known Member

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    Sabian goes above and beyond with these kinds of services. I can't imagine that they make much/any money off of it, but they probably get a great deal of loyalty.

    I have cymbals from five different companies, but if I could only choose via customer service, I'd go with Sabian without question.
     
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    RickP Dan RH Jr.

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    The cymbal I sent in for modifications just came back today and pics are posted above .
    Stick it a more pronounced and the brilliant finish mellowed out the highs a bit . So all in all a successful exercise
     
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    cplueard Well-Known Member

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    Just sent off one of my own. Have a salsero ride that sounds great but I wanted it to open up a bit more and be a tidbit more glassy. I'll follow up when it's back.
     
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    I had them do a significant weight change on a pair of 18” prototype compression hats and they came back looking brand new and exactly how I wanted.
     
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    spctomlin Well-Known Member

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    So did they just make them thinner all over?
     
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    cashmanbashman Very well Known Member

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    Yes they shaved them down which is tricky on account of the holes that were punched in them.
     
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    spctomlin Well-Known Member

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    Was the charge still just $40/cymbal?
     
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    cashmanbashman Very well Known Member

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    Yes if I remember correctly.
     
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    swarfrat tympanus laqueus XV

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    I wonder how far is reasonable to take a cymbal down. I got a 3000g 22" ride and wondering how low it can go before it'd be better to convert it into cash first, then back into bronze.
     
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    RickP Dan RH Jr.

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    They will consult with you and make recommendations
     
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    Its a great program, used it 3 times now. But I wouldn't take more than 10% of weight off, so for your ride no lower than 2600 or 2700 g.
     
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    Just got my salsero ride back this week. Sounds exactly as I was hoping it would. A0DB55E4-DF7B-4D4D-A5CB-2578E35E2E26.jpeg 831B6A11-3E22-4F58-81B8-61BB9A94AF6C.jpeg
     
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    I missed this the first time around Rick, that looks great. And I bet it’s a total one of a kind cymbal now too!
     
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    I had no idea Sabian did this type of service. I have an old HH China that I sent to another cymbal smith to take some weight off. Although the end result was good, I would have rather have sent it back to Sabian.
     
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    I've been considering doing this to a 21" 2nd-gen Sabian HH ride--the top logos are gone so I don't know what model it actually was, but it's about 3150 grams and plays just a hair heavy, though I dig the tone. I wonder what they would put (or I should ask them to put) as a label on the top?
     
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    RickP Dan RH Jr.

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    They would do any style label you want .
     

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