How thick was the shell you were using? And was it undersized? In my experience, Keller 10ply shell stock fits 1" smaller heads' flesh hoops.
For obvious reasons, it's only useful for a handful of sizes.
It's interesting to hear Bill talk and open up. The couple times I met him, it was difficult to get more than a few words out of him.
And I find it hard to believe that he only practiced 3 hours a day in college. I've heard from reputable sources that it was more like 8 or 9.
Do you have a pic of the other side of the cymbal? The model designation on some (all?) Sabian hi-hat bottoms would be on the underside so as to be facing up when being played.
The El Sabors are good cymbals. The first pro-quality cymbal I ever got was an 18" crash-ride, back around 1992 or 1993.
One of the best cymbals I ever played was an 80's Sabian HH 20" with a bunch of paper clip rivets. I don't know the weight, but it was pretty thin and had a big umbrella taper. It had this amazing reedy sound, and did the old K thing better than a great old K. It was 20 years ago that I last...
Good point, Joe. In order to weigh the larger cymbals on my little scale, I have to stack them bell-down on a plastic cylinder in order to get the cymbal up high enough to actually see the display. Then I subtract the weight of the cylinder to get the true weight of the cymbal. It's an annoying...
I have the 416, which AFAIK is the same as the 496 just with cable snare wires. Seamless brass, killer drum! What a tone. I've adapted a newer Yamaha strainer so I can use regular wires on it, but I'm always on the lookout for the strainer that's on the 496.