Senior Cymbal Nerd
- Feb 5, 2012
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- Auckland New Zealand
Ah bell size. Since the bells are pressed in against a die they come in specific sizes. My study of bell size isn't finished by any means but these are your basic bell diameters:kip said:the deep ride i have has a much smaller than normal bell, and it is far more mellower then the ubiquitous Ping and Rock rides of the time.
Has more spread , more shimmer, more overtones...sounds like a musical cymbal, instead of a heavy hunk of metal.
Bells also vary in heights although my measurements on those aren't good enough yet due to the nature of my homemade equipment. And bells also vary in shape: how steep sided they are, and the curvature on the top. In sideways using letters top to the right (because it's easy) you've got straight sides flat on top ] , conical > , all rounded ) . Of course there are other combinations. According to Paul Francis they now have something like 25 bell dies, but in earlier days there were 5 basic forms.
More than you want to know about bells from the guy who makes them:
So I'd be interested in hearing about bell diameters for these Deep Rides. It would be good to know the nominal diameter as well (20" versus 22" versus 21" if anybody has one). I've got a Paiste 602 Deep Ride (yes they made one too in the Seen Sound Set) and comparing it to a plain 602 is has: lower profile, smaller diameter bell, fine lathing vs the large tonal groove used on most (but not all) 602 models.
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