I'm trying to find a nice way to say this...I was just thinking about the Bosphorus video posted above! I am a huge Zildjian player for 35+ years and I respect Paul actually lathing the cymbal and Leon still there crashing away.
But these guys to me are real cymbal heroes - no masks, no goggles, no hearing protection, working in hot dirty environments, probably low pay and no work comp if you get hot boiling metal splashed on you! I tend to treasure my Bosphorus and Agop cymbals a bit more as a result......
The cymbal making process itself did not have a role in the deaths of Spizzichino, Skiba, or Johan. That doesn't make the loss any less sorrowful for me. But at least we don't need to blame work conditions.95% of my collection is Zildjian......but cymbals have to be hand hammered!
I do wonder how some of these smaller and/or smaller cymbalsmiths do their thing and stay safe.
I hear you about good work conditions. But I've always wondered if the cymbal making process ever played a role in the deaths of Spizzichino, Skiba, Johan, etc........
The video is highlights assembled from a series of shorter videos and it is unlikely to show everything. I don't believe it shows some steps in the proper order. It has hammering then backbending then pressing. But look no further than Pinksterboer (1992:119) for the actual order:I have a feeling that the video doesn't show all of their manufacturing processes.
Shaping an A Zildjian or an AA Sabian is done in three basic steps: backbending, pressing and hammering.