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  1. Franklin Nigel Stein

    A Cymbal that just SHOULDN'T be this good!

    A bit before the pandemic, one of my internet drum email guys (I'm starting a new term, I-deg) read my complaint that I couldn't find a certain kind of sound that could only be found in a marriage between old A/K Zildjian and early New Beat hi-hat cymbals. He sent me a picture and said that I...
  2. Franklin Nigel Stein

    From Thinking it to Feeling it.

    In 1996 I lived next to a retired musician in So. California. He played just about every instrument, owned (and expertly played!) three original Dobro guitars and told me something I wish I’d taken more seriously. He told me that doing all of your music lessons, practice, jamming and...
  3. Franklin Nigel Stein

    +1 Important Period Article about Early A. Zildjians

    I'm posting these as I get them to help along our collective understanding of early A. Zildjian cymbals and cymbal making. The previous two articles I put up were from 1949 and 1954. This article is from an August 13, 1949 New Yorker Magazine. Its a good solid source for researching the topic...
  4. Franklin Nigel Stein

    16in Ride Cymbals?

    Back in the "Olden Days" when drummers and cymbal makers were trying to figure out exactly what a ride was or should be, a lot of players used smaller cymbals to fill that need than we typically do now. I'm wondering if there are any users (regular or otherwise) of odd size rides? These two...
  5. Franklin Nigel Stein

    1960s 20in A. Zildjian Ping Ride - how light do these get?

    I just took delivery of a 20inch 1960s A. Zildjian Ping Ride weighing 2148g. I've never seen one that light. Is this about as light as they get or are there thinner cousins out there? And since I won't get to work it out for a couple days, what will the reduced weight do to the sound...
  6. Franklin Nigel Stein

    Important A. Zildjian Article - "King of Cymbals" - Mechanix Illustrated, Aug. 1954

    Give it a read. Really interesting stuff. I took quick pics with my phone instead of scanning it, sorry about that. Some things of note stated in the article: 1. Cymbal theft in 1934ish caused Zildjian to install multiple cymbal vaults like the pictured example on the first page, which gave...
  7. Franklin Nigel Stein

    Time To Shake Up Early A. Zildjian Dating (Early K's Too!)

    I know this is going to ruin more than a few A. Zildjian collector's day, but hey, I'm a giver. It's kind of funny that I've disagreed with many of the claims regarding the manufacturing dates of early A. Zildjian cymbals (1928-1953) quietly for years, while not doing much research on the...
  8. Franklin Nigel Stein

    Vintage A. Zildjians 17" & 19" - Experiences/Thoughts?

    More vintage Zildjians have gone through my hands than I'll admit to. Still, until an early 1960s 19" 1900g medium ride gets into my hands this weekend, I've never owned either of those odd sizes. I've thought about it a few times but they do tend to be rather rare compared to the typical...
  9. Franklin Nigel Stein

    If Anybody Cares - My Choice of Crash for Steely Dan's Do It Again

    As the other thread was deleted (I totally get that) I sent that OP three cymbal options to reproduce that sound. The first video is a cymbal isolation from that song and the second is a Zildjian Trans Stamp 16in crash at 870g. The other two options were just a bit darker and a bit brighter...
  10. Franklin Nigel Stein

    Your Go-To Crash Thickness and Reason(s)

    The title pretty much tells the tale here. I use crashes (and cymbals in general) to personalize a drum's sound, and I always seem to be gravitating toward thin, paper thin and "DON'T YOU DARE BEND THAT CYMBAL" thin. Even my modern stuff is generally at least thin. Am I missing anything here...
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