Putting Holes in Cymbals?

For maximum 'trashiness' should I drill:

  • Many small holes close to bell

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  • Many small holes near the edge

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1Drumz

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I'm considering 'experimenting' with a crash to make it an 'o-zone' style crash, and wanted to know whether anyone knows something about drilling cymbals and how that affects the sound?

So, since I want to achieve maximum 'trashiness', I have some questions:
Is it better to drill many small holes, or fewer large holes?
For maximum trashiness, where should the holes be on the cymbal, near the bell or nearer to the edge?
And are thinner or thicker cymbals better for achieving a trashy sound?

I've never done something like this before, so t'would be nice if someone who knows what they're talking about could chime in!
 
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Here's a nice contrast between holes for trash, dimples and hammering for trash (left side), and natural trashy shanks on an old 24" A Zildjian.


Bosphorus have a few different hole patterns they use. Two styles are shown here:

http://cymbalsonly.com/test/images/bos/desc/turk_effects.htm

And Sinc was playing another Bosphorus hole style in that video (don't know which series but not a Turk series).

Check out the sound of these on the same site listed under the Turk section for Bos. The advantage is good quality sound files and the ability to do an A/B of no holes, 6 holes, 18 holes.

http://cymbalsonly.com/cymbals/Bos/bos.htm
 

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That vid is tops. The sweater, the watch band, the crossstick pickup, gorgeous sound palette. Wuhan or Dream hats? I feel like I’m snacking on tin foil. I played some sort of K special something full of holes and it kicked a** — also, Istanbul Ion trash crash or some such, so satisfying as a low volume crash, best $175 you can spend on a new pie and come away with music.
 

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I like my meinl filter China for trashy stuff, but it doesn't really do the whole China thing the way I want.
 

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I drill a 2" hole where the center bell used to be. It falls off a lot but it's the trashiest I've got. :tongue3:
I always had the suspicion that holes in the bell might have more of an effect on producing a trashy sound than on the actual cymbal. Unfortunately I have never heard/seen any evidence that confirms my theory.
 

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Here's a nice contrast between holes for trash, dimples and hammering for trash (left side), and natural trashy shanks on an old 24" A Zildjian.


Bosphorus have a few different hole patterns they use. Two styles are shown here:

http://cymbalsonly.com/test/images/bos/desc/turk_effects.htm

And Sinc was playing another Bosphorus hole style in that video (don't know which series but not a Turk series).

Check out the sound of these on the same site listed under the Turk section for Bos. The advantage is good quality sound files and the ability to do an A/B of no holes, 6 holes, 18 holes.

http://cymbalsonly.com/cymbals/Bos/bos.htm
Thats really helpful actually. Thanks :)
 


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