I find out what they are working with, what they are looking to get out of it, and let them know the feasibility and likelihood of success.
If success looks like low odds, I suggest alternative, high-success-odds outcomes based upon what they have.
Or, I completely ignore the whole thing...
It worked. Consider it well-pulled. This is the first I'm hearing about it.
As far answers for the OP, you dudes have it pretty nailed as far as I can tell.
I say this a lot.....
Making cymbals isn't rocket science. But, it does take practice.
On vintage cymbals, I generally clean them with soap and water, and leave the patina be. Who wants to come away with fifty years of drummer smeg on their fingers every time they touch their cymbal?
Contact an independent cymbalsmith and have them make you a custom set to your exact needs and specifications.
You don't have to put up with factory-churned cymbals. You deserve better. Treat yourself!
Thanks, guys. I have to admit, "Safety 3rd" has been a tongue-in-cheek anthem of mine for years. However, with turning cymbals, our hands are just way too close to both the lathe and the workpiece to risk using a direct-drive set-up. If you ever want to see some truly horrific sheeet, look up...
I do not recommend direct-drive cymbal lathes. Even one that uses a low-powered motor can easily cause permanent damage to hands and arm joints. If you build your own lathe, I recommend you make it belt-driven. Belts will usually slip and leave your fingers attached if get caught in your...