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    Fake Spizzichinos on eBay

    That's the same story they told last time they pulled this crap. Without even considering the poor quality of the counterfeiting attempts, I find it impossible to believe that guys savvy enough to own Spizzichinos would also be stupid enough to trade them in for Saludas. Matt
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    Fake Spizzichinos on eBay

    The "Spizz" cymbals by Universal Percussion were not fakes, just a very bad and disrespectful idea. Saluda had a fake stamp produced. That's easy to do. Copying the rest of Roberto's craftsmanship, however, is damn near impossible. Notice how you can zoom in on the photos in their other...
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    Hammering for a specific result

    Correct. To really accomplish that task, you'll have to stretch the diameter with a ton of light edge hammering. Like I said..... PIA! Matt
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    Hammering for a specific result

    For more crash, I would hammer to lower the profile (a huge PIA, but do-able if you have the inclination), and then put it on a lathe to cut in more taper. Matt
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    Fake Spizzichinos on eBay

    The scumbags at Saluda are back in the fake Spizzichino business. I wouldn't touch this cymbal with a ten-foot pole. Beware. https://www.ebay.com/itm/372704191855 Matt
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    OT: General Pictures Thread

    Thanks, Elvis! It's pretty easy to have a good time in the Rocky Mountains. Matt
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    OT: General Pictures Thread

    My buddy Morgan about to highside us through the Haystack wave in this year's Big Water Blowout.
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    Outrageous kit

    Nice!!!! Matt
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    Can Hi Hats be Altered to Become Thinner/Lighter?

    Oops! Missed your message. I just sent you a PM. Thanks, Matt
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    Effect of unlathed bell (Zildjian K Sweet crash cymbals)

    I have no scientific proof, just the impressions I get. Thanks, JP! Matt
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    Effect of unlathed bell (Zildjian K Sweet crash cymbals)

    It's been my experience that , all else being equal, an unlathed bell makes for a bell with a higher pitch, raises the perceived pitch of the entire cymbal, adds focus, and enhances separation of bell and body. Matt
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    Matt Decides not to Shave

    Yeah, this one sounds great as is. And, you just hardly ever come across ones at this weight. Couldn't bring myself to put it to the knife. One of you should get it! Thanks, Matt
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    Advice on cracked ride.

    Ah. That's the cymbal somebody took a hammer to. I bet that dude cracked it, and it just took awhile to completely let go and get big. Matt
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    eBay/Craigslist cymbal alerts - the official thread

    24" at 2593 grams... [video=youtube;GnnPpqLkvFs] https://www.ebay.com/itm/283486100403
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    eBay/Craigslist cymbal alerts - the official thread

    This week on eBay... Both auctions Wednesday, May 22nd. Please, buy them. 22" at 2153 grams... [video=youtube;pDBBty6wCAI] https://www.ebay.com/itm/283486108269 Thanks! Matt
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    Drilling holes for rivets

    Go for it! Use a sharp 5/32 bit. Mark the hole with a center punch so that the bit doesn't wander. Matt
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    Can Hi Hats be Altered to Become Thinner/Lighter?

    I'd love to help you out with that. If you are unfamiliar with me, January marked my tenth year as a full-time cymbalsmith, with over 2,500 cymbals made. Currently, the price is $50 plus shipping. Thanks, Matt
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    I Got Yer Patina....

    Better leave it. If you clean them, you'll effect resale value. Matt
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    Would you return it? Is this normal?

    Yeah, that's the thing. One of the reasons this cymbal sounds the way it sounds is because of its weight distribution. So, if you LOVE the sound..... may not want to trade it in. Matt
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    Would you return it? Is this normal?

    Usually, cymbals like that settle into one position. Is your not doing that? Matt
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