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- Apr 5, 2020
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Is everyone aware that Sabian now has the SR2 program in effect ? They refurbish B20 cymbals that were used at shows, demos or sent to artists to try. So at a reasonable price you can get a quality cymbal that runs the gamut from AA to Vault. It is a crapshoot if you order without hearing it but Cymbals.com say they will send you the exact cymbal you hear so they have inventory. Portsmouth Drum Centre does the same. They actually drive up to Sabian which is 4-6 hours, go through the SR2 and select what they want.. bringing back up to 300 at a time.I know, I have had a few cymbals over the years that I would have liked to send in for reworking and thought I would get around to it eventually. But I waited too long and when the refresh program changed, I knew I had missed my chance.
So this program replaces the former custom rework i'm guessing. Not what a lot of people are looking for but that's the way it is.
I would suggest that the rework program got to costly as it would require more or less dedicated lathers etc which could increase the price of reworking.
one thing of interest is the fact that Ray Baduc the drummer for the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band took every new cymbal he bought and buried them in the garden for a fee months. He said it improved the sound. So a number of years back Sabian buried a number of theirs in a farmers field for
several months. They dug them up, cleaned the mud off and their quality control person said there was a definite improvement in the high end of the sound spectrum. Seems pretty severe to me as i'm guessing there would be significant discolouration/staining.
If you listen to the podcast
Drum History a segment called Cymbal Myths, the guest makes custom cymbals in his California shop and if I remember correctly reworks on a custom basis.