Paul Francis Cymbal Craftsman

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Paul and I share a common acquaintance and met once or twice briefly and we are facebook friends. Anyway-I reached out to him, to see if he would mod a 22" B20 of lessor Turkish heratige ...and he agreed. He gave me an hourly rate I think is reasonable and assumed at least 2 hours of work (I think the fee is reasonable because how many modifiers have Paul's background in smithing?)

He asked that if you're interested contact him here: [email protected] and he'll discuss the specifics our your project directly.

Before he'll do any mods, he is working to fulfill his new cymbal orders so patience required.
 

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I'm not sure if this was already posted or not


"... All hand hammered: 14" high hats, 4 pairs $618/pr, 15" hi hats, 4 pairs $651/pr; 18" crash/rides, 6 at $423 ea; 19" crash/rides, 5 at $518 ea; 20" rides, 17 at $559 ea; 21" rides, 5 at $621 ea; 22" rides 20 at $621 ea; 26" ride, 1 at $1100."
 

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Great cymbals.

They are like from 'boutique cymbal makers'. You will hardly get this from big companies. Just recently, I was listening to a few Dave Collingwood cymbal videos (British cymbal maker). They sound very similar, at least to what I can get from videos. Would love to hear/test them in person.
 

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The 22" (2852g) that Steve Maxwell demoed on YouTube sounded fabulous to me, but at $621.00 I had to pass on it.
 

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The 22" (2852g) that Steve Maxwell demoed on YouTube sounded fabulous to me, but at $621.00 I had to pass on it.
I thought several of the cymbals he played in the demo sounded great! Would love to know where to find more info on design, weight, etc
 

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So, I have two - both 21s but neither from Maxwell’s. They arrived on Thursday and they are incredible instruments.

The first one is a 21” cymbal that Paul modified for me. Re-hammered and lathed it to be more of a crash/ride but it sounds beautiful as a main ride as well.

The second one is a 21” that came from one of his blanks to be in the same ballpark as my 22” Medium Thin High. Absolutely incredible.

I have a lot of cymbals and have a nice collection of Paul’s prototypes throughout the years. These are hands down the nicest cymbals I’ve ever owned. His craftsmanship is out of this world and his attention to detail is second to none.

I’ll be taking the 21” MTH as my main ride to my next gig and the modified one to the gig after that. Both will be recorded, so I can see how they sound from a musical perspective.
 

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Thanks much. Any chance of sound files or videos?
 

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I only have my iPhone but will be recording on June 18 with one of them and I’ll see about getting a portion of the recording.
 

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So, I have two - both 21s but neither from Maxwell’s. They arrived on Thursday and they are incredible instruments.

The first one is a 21” cymbal that Paul modified for me. Re-hammered and lathed it to be more of a crash/ride but it sounds beautiful as a main ride as well.

The second one is a 21” that came from one of his blanks to be in the same ballpark as my 22” Medium Thin High. Absolutely incredible.

I have a lot of cymbals and have a nice collection of Paul’s prototypes throughout the years. These are hands down the nicest cymbals I’ve ever owned. His craftsmanship is out of this world and his attention to detail is second to none.

I’ll be taking the 21” MTH as my main ride to my next gig and the modified one to the gig after that. Both will be recorded, so I can see how they sound from a musical perspective.
Is there a metal stamp; how does he/ what does the insignia look like JDC>..
 

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couple few (2019) years ago I ran a Poll on Cymbalholics
asking the question "Will Avedis ever hand hammer a cymbal again?"
choice answers were 'yes/ no/ maybe/.. etc

votes were public you could see.
You know who voted Yes?

: ) hahaah
 


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