Nickymoon Custom Cymbals - thoughts on a new cymbalsmith based in NJ

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Guys, a few months ago, and after a long search / cross checking his reputation with other cymbalsmiths across the country, I asked Nick to work on an old 20” Paiste 2002. I wanted to transform it into a jazz ride. Essentially, asked the impossible given the sonic qualities of B8 bronze and the brittle nature of the metal.

Suffice to say, Nick did an excellent job of hammering this B8 bad boy into a subtle, dark and slightly trashy jazz ride. He also lathed it a couple times to take out some weight and refinished the edges which were dinged up a bit.

Nick took great interest in the project. We spoke a few times and had seemingly endless convos over text (a good thing bc I had a lot to convey to him).

Also, and this is a huge plus, he’s based in NJ and is reasonably priced.

I encourage you to check out his own line of cymbals too. They are really gorgeous both in terms of tone and appearance. Superlative craftsmanship.

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Some pics. Forgot to mention, he also refinished the cymbal with some sort of acid (don’t quote me) to give it a softer tone and cool look.


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Thanks...I checked out the site and dropped him a message. Mind if I ask what he charged?
 

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$150. My work was done at the end of 2018, just FYI. Looks like he's been featured in Modern Drummer since then. In any case, he's a great guy and does great work. Worth it if you have a project that needs a lot of care and attention to detail.
 

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$150. My work was done at the end of 2018, just FYI. Looks like he's been featured in Modern Drummer since then. In any case, he's a great guy and does great work. Worth it if you have a project that needs a lot of care and attention to detail.
Did message him and may give him a shot if the cymbal (a 20" Roctagon) doesn't sell. Because of the shape he's just going to hammer it...no lathing. I'm ok with that....price is reasonable.
 

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Some before pics and one mid-process pic (after pics above)...send me your email address and I can send some vids...



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Did message him and may give him a shot if the cymbal (a 20" Roctagon) doesn't sell. Because of the shape he's just going to hammer it...no lathing. I'm ok with that....price is reasonable.
I believe he breaks out pricing between lathing, hammering, and exterior finish work. If it’s just hammering, I’m sure it will be less.
 

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I've traded some messaging with him and follow him on Instagram. Def seems passionate about what he does and seems like a good guy. He typically has sounds files for all his work on his website. He recently cleared out his stock with a big sale but sounds like he is hard at work on a new series of stuff.
 

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This is a great interview. I like the part on Nick’s affinity for B8. Consistent with a convo we had when I gave him my 2002.
 
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Guys, a few months ago, and after a long search / cross checking his reputation with other cymbalsmiths across the country, I asked Nick to work on an old 20” Paiste 2002. I wanted to transform it into a jazz ride. Essentially, asked the impossible given the sonic qualities of B8 bronze and the brittle nature of the metal.

Suffice to say, Nick did an excellent job of hammering this B8 bad boy into a subtle, dark and slightly trashy jazz ride. He also lathed it a couple times to take out some weight and refinished the edges which were dinged up a bit.

Nick took great interest in the project. We spoke a few times and had seemingly endless convos over text (a good thing bc I had a lot to convey to him).

Also, and this is a huge plus, he’s based in NJ and is reasonably priced.

I encourage you to check out his own line of cymbals too. They are really gorgeous both in terms of tone and appearance. Superlative craftsmanship.

V

Sounds like a superb artisan.
 

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Guys, a few months ago, and after a long search / cross checking his reputation with other cymbalsmiths across the country, I asked Nick to work on an old 20” Paiste 2002. I wanted to transform it into a jazz ride. Essentially, asked the impossible given the sonic qualities of B8 bronze and the brittle nature of the metal.

Suffice to say, Nick did an excellent job of hammering this B8 bad boy into a subtle, dark and slightly trashy jazz ride. He also lathed it a couple times to take out some weight and refinished the edges which were dinged up a bit.

Nick took great interest in the project. We spoke a few times and had seemingly endless convos over text (a good thing bc I had a lot to convey to him).

Also, and this is a huge plus, he’s based in NJ and is reasonably priced.

I encourage you to check out his own line of cymbals too. They are really gorgeous both in terms of tone and appearance. Superlative craftsmanship.

V
Where abouts in Jersey is he? I have a Swish knocker I want thinned out and hammered.
 

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Just sent my Zil Rock Ride 20” & Zil K Splash 12” to Nick...can’t wait to see and hear the results!
 

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This thread is in the General section so I missed it before. It should really be moved to Cymbal Talk. I'm not a moderator here so I can't look after these sorts of things like I did on Cymbalholic.
 

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How do we rectify this situation?
The last time I collected up the URLs of 4 cymbal threads in General and one in Vintage Venue and sent the info to a moderator in a PM. Nothing happened, but I think that moderator isn't very active these days. That was in July and I never heard back. These weren't moved:




This one in vintage venue wasn't moved:


This one was moved:


Despite all of them being reported. It takes me as long to assemble and type this post here as it does to move the threads if you have the right permissions. :dontknow:

I will let @blueshadow know (pointing him here) and that might do the trick. Discussion Forums like this need constant attention if you want to keep things well organized, searchable, and pruned back as far as duplicate information goes. How many different threads on rivets do you need? :glasses8: That's why I've moved on from Discussion Forums in favor of a Wiki structure. It's also one of the reasons I don't do Facebook, etc.

And speaking of Wiki structure there is a page for


Nicky Moon hasn't been added yet, but when I do the information in this thread (and elsewhere) will go into the Wiki. The plan is to have links to each independent cymbalsmith site (or contact details) along with pictures, sounds, and reviews plus links back to places like this very thread. And I'll include the info from this thread on Cymbalholic


which you won't be able to read unless you were a member.
 


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