Cymbal "Break-In"

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you can do all that temporarily but it will return to the way it was built

till it's dying day
those are all temporary measures;
it's malleable days are over
short of bending or accidentally damaging it

but if it makes us feel better go right ahead
filing in a keyhole it will resist
 
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Someone recently posted and I have also seen, hi hats develop curve. There's also a 50s A I have that certainly sounds different when I play it now compared to how it sounded when I got it, whether from learning the instrument or the thing changing, I am chalking that up to "breaking in" too.
So ok, there's also player "break in" too, probably just as important to getting good sound so let's include it too
 
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you can do all that temporarily but it will return to the way it was built

till it's dying day
those are all temporary measures;
it's malleable days are over
short of bending or accidentally damaging it

but if it makes us feel better go right ahead
filing in a keyhole it will resist
I imagined your poetry read over a beatnik bongo accompaniment, with finger snaps as applause after the last line is repeated as a dying echo: "It will resist. It will... resist."
 

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Please share your experience and knowledge with me/us?
Got a brand spankin' new set of cymbals, Bosphorus Antique fwiw. I have never had new cymbals before although I suspect some second hand ones were unused. I know that hats can curve, I know that resonances can become prominent. Not sure how, but I know these can happen.
Please share any wisdom you have collected, so I don't ruin these perfect pies.
Depending on the cymbal it’s not always that noticeable. But, with my K Con MTL, I was told the cymbal would change significantly over the course of a few months and that’s exactly what happened. At first, it was a bit pingy with some unpleasant dissonant decay. However, the more I played it, the more the attack and the wash became drier and mellower. Apparently, the metal settles over time from vibration. You can accelerate the process by playing rolls on the cymbal.
 

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Yes, many in the cymbal making business have said cymbals will change sound characteristics over time. A few come to mind. Paul Francis. Matt Bettis. Roberto Spizzichino, Matt Nolan. Mike Skiba just to mention a few.
 

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everyone present during those first 24-36-72 hours after manufacture.
afterward by the time you get it you make changes more than the cymbal
toward getting to know it
 
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