Risky but rewarding hi hat experiment

jbormann

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So I had a pair of 15" Soultone Custom Series hats. I got them super cheap used and after about 2 months the bottom (yep, you read that right) cracked. I didn't catch it until it was about 1" long. I cut out the crack with minimal effect to the overall sound but I just wasn't quite happy with them. Being that the repair put their worth at next to nothing I decided to bring them to work and sandblast them (or glassbead rather we call it) with low psi and silica sand. Holy smokes did it make a difference! I did quite a bit (enough to remove all the outer logos and a little more) amd it even seemed to lighten them up a little, which was fine by me. I eneded selling them today for what I originally paid pre-crack. Hoping to get some 16" and do the same now, maybe to a Custom top and pair it with a Natural bottom. I tried to attach a clip I made with my phone but it says I don't have an allowed extension. Not sure what that means. Clip really doesn't do them justice anyhow as I don't have access to any proper audio eqipment.
 

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I’m kind of surprised sandblasted cymbals aren’t more of a thing. They look cool, and I would guess the process would provide the tonal mellowing that many drummers seek.
It really mellowed them out. They were a bit bright fo me, not like an A Custom but still too much for my taste. Gave them a nicer slosh when played loose and killed the somewhat overpowering ring they had when fully open.
 

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They look like Meinl's Byzance sand ride........the secret's out!

I've always wanted to tie some cymbals to a string and walk on the beach dragging them behind me to add patina & mojo........or at least something fishy......
 

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I wonder how much it would cost to have a cymbal or two sandblasted, since I don't work at place like you do? Would a shop even do something like that for an individual?
 


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