In a world of technicolor, trends, and endless attempts at perfection, 602’s stand apart as “just good enough.”
I’ve owned some 602’s. Two remain, both pre-serial - a thin 14 HH top and a medium-thin 23. I love them. The 23 in particular is sublime (if a bit vanilla.)
I agree it can be a very useful tool. I did this A LOT growing up, and it created an issue for me. I learned to rely on the timekeeping of the record and didn’t really focus on developing my own time feel and my own confidence about the time. It took me quite a bit of hard work to gain that...
That's an old 14" Gretsch RB tom he used to carry around the village so he could tap out some drum patterns to accompany poetry readings.
And if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn. I have no idea.
I use old A’s quite a bit. When my beloved Nolan’s aren’t up, it’s almost always old A’s. Here’s a shot from a recent session.
15” old mismatched A’s
22” paperthin Trans Stamp
20” Bettis (I originally had a 20” thin 50’s Large Stamp here but swapped it out last minute)
24” paperthin 60’s A...
This is what I was thinking, too. I've been doing a lot of metronome work lately, just an iPhone app playing through the phone speaker. The only way I can really lock into the pulse is to play BELOW the click volume, which compared to the drum set volume is a whisper. It's not easy at first...
Unless it's rattling or buzzing, I wouldn't attempt to fix it.
If it is rattling or buzzing, I'd drill both ends with a very small bit, then gently file out the crack to about 1/32" gap. I agree that any drilling this close to the hole is asking for more trouble.
I have some 14” (actually 14.5”) Zenjian band cymbals from that era, also quite heavy, but they’re so dark they actually work pretty well as hats for louder settings. They also make excellent bottom hats with a thinner 14 on top. Overall, very cool cymbals.
Here's my response from yesterday that I forgot to post.
Sounds nice. A balanced sound. Fairly wet. Nice bell. Comparison? That's tougher. I wouldn't be surprised if you told me it was anything from a Paiste Big Beat to an Avedis.