Repaired a couple of my old broken cymbals today!

AustinFitz

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I came across some videos on YouTube of guys cutting the cracked/broken portions of cymbals out to extend the life of them. I'm just getting back into drumming, so I haven't been building my kit for very long. It was a little lacking in the cymbal department, but I really don't have the cash to buy any cymbals right now. After seeing a few videos on the process I decided to try my hand at salvaging a couple of broken cymbals I've had laying around for years.

To my surprise they both turned out great! They sound way better than I was expecting! Especially the old 16" paper thin crash. That used to be my favorite cymbal years ago, and I didn't even break it! It was left at a friend's house, and the next time I went over there I found it had a huge chunk missing out of the side...

Anyway I'm really happy to have added 2 cymbals to my kit for a total of $0, and to have my beloved 16" paper thin crash back! I think it's probably older than I am!

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Fine looking repairs! I believe in round smooth corners :)
Sometimes repairs like that can even make a cymbal better than the original. (PSA: SOMETIMES. Kids, don't cut your uncracked cymbals)
I have an old 20" Sabian Sound Control ride that has round chunk cut out as a crack repair, and I can't imagine it sounded better before, but it sounds really excellent now.
I also know of a jazz player who cut chunks out of a cymbal to the exact specs of Mel Lewis's old beaten ride.
 
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Nice repair jobs. It is surprising how a chunk or two can be cut out of a cymbal and it still sounds nice.
 

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buying broken cymbals is a way to obtain some pricier models on the cheap. I've obtained some for $10 a pc and they sound...unbroken when I'm done.

FWIW...Sabian B8 rides can be hammered and improved and are often found cheap.

enjoy
 

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There are some great video series YouTube about modifying and repairing cymbals. You could definitely pick up some cheaper B8 pies and make them sound a little better than stock. Check out Lance Campeau and Nicky Moon for some great instructional videos.
 

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Thanks for the compliments! I know I forgot before pics, but I honestly wasn't expecting to have any results I would want to post about. I was pleasantly surprised! I played them at practice today and they both really do sound great! The Paper Thin is back to being my favorite crash now.

I do have an 18" Sabian B8 Pro Medium Crash that came with my 1980 Pearl kit. It's my least favorite cymbal. In my opinion it's too thick and heavy to be a good crash, and not big or pingy enough to be a good ride, so it's almost useless to me as is. I think I'll check out some more videos and maybe try hammering it?
 

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Thanks! I think I did a pretty decent job for my very first time trying it. I'll definitely be on the lookout for nice cymbals with minor damage/cracks that I can get cheap, and then fix up from now on!

Anyone have any suggestions on what I can possibly do to my 18" Sabian B8 Pro Medium Crash to make it sound less like crashing a small, but super thick ride cymbal?? I'm worried hammering might make it too trashy sounding. Should I just go slow and do lots of sound tests in between every few hammer strikes?
 

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Came across a crappy "before" picture of these 2 cymbals and figured I'd add it to the thread.

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