Drum Center of Portsmouth is clearing out their Sakaes. They have a pink oyster kit with a different-sized floor tom than the eBay kit (14”). They‘re selling an orphan tom in another finish, so maybe they’d be willing to sell just the bass...
A thin 24” Turkish-made ride with a low profile, wide bell, low fundamental pitch and no weird overtones.
A replacement hexagonal pull rod for my Sonor hi-hat stand where the chrome isn’t flaking off, so I won’t cut myself if I touch the wrong part.
I just discovered them, too. Here’s their website:
Sounds Anatolian is selling them on Reverb. They are priced less than other handmade Turkish brands. For example, a 22” Mehateran costs $322 shipped, which is less than a Bosphorus traditional ($362) or a...
22” Mehmet Original ride. Originally weighed 2330 grams. Heather Stine relathed the top and now it weighs 2212 grams. Relating the top removed the ink and the cold stamp. Excellent condition.
$250 + shipping from Portland, OR 97202.
Agop makes 14" crashes in thin and paper thin. The sell for $211.75.
Amazon has paper thin 14" Mehmet and Bosphorus crashes for much less, but both of them are out-of-stock, so you'd have to order them and hope Amazon fills the order later...
A 14" makes a nice alternative to a splash if you don't like splashes. I have a thin 14" 1950s A. Zildjian in one set-up and a thin 15" Bosphorus in another for that reason. I place them on a mini-boom right above my hats. I can easily hit it while playing the hats.
14" Istanbul Mehmet Legend hihat top over a 14" Bosphorus Dark hihat top
16" Turkish Classic crash
18" Bosphorus Traditional crash
20" Pasha by Grand Master Paper Thin ride
24" Istanbul Mehmet Legend ride
22" Istanbul Mehmet Turk Swish
Funny, that's almost exactly what you get if you use the area method. Of course, the bell really screws things up anyway, because most manufacturers seem to use the same size bell for a 20" and 22" (and even a 24") within the same model. If all cymbals were flats, this would be a much easier...
It's not completely accurate, because it doesn't take into account the height, the curvature of the profile, how the cymbal tapers, how much of the weight is in the bell, etc., but a quick-and-dirty approach is to compare the diameters squared. So to compare a 22" to a 20", multiply the weight...
Some other alternatives to a Crash of Doom are a thin-to-medium thin Dream Bliss or an Agop Xist Dry Dark crash. I've had both. Both were trashier than the CoD I once had, but none were as trashy as my 20.5" Wuhan Spizz. Most Wuhan Spizzes are heavy manhole covers, but I was lucky enough to...
If you're near Roanake, VA, here are two vintage 24" Zildjians for $200 each. Seller does not ship.
If you're near Baltimore, this is a great deal, a 22" Zildjian China (possibly a swish) for $120. If you're outside of the area, shipping can be expensive:
22" vintage Pasha (UFIP). $80 if...
One of the worst cymbals I've ever played was a Bosphorus, a 16" thin Turk crash. When struck, it produced a quick quiet KAK sound that immediately decayed. Playing an actual pie tin would have been more musical. I've also played Agops, Mehmets and Amedias that were absolutely terrible...