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Cutting down cymbals

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I recently purchased 3 nice but racked cymbals in an effort to expand my cymbal collection. (1 20" paragon crash and 2 19" istanbul crashes. All have edge cracks ranging from 1/2" to 2" and I'd like to find some information on trimming these down.

I want to do a nice job of it and end up with a professional result.

MY thwo thoughts on this are:

To mount the cymbal on an electric motor like a grinder and use lathing tools to score and weaken the cymbal until the outer/ damaged area can be removed.

Problem- I dont liek the idea of fast turning metal objects flying apart on me.

The other idea is to mount a metal cutting blade like chop saws use and make a holder to turn the cymbal.

If anyone has any good links on how to do this or other ideas I'd love to hear them.

My first choice will be a metal fabricator if I can find one who can do this reasonably.

Gold Star Horns

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The motor idea sounds dangerous. If you had a variable speed motor to mount it in, then maybe that would work, but it would have to turn slowly enough so that you won't have bronze shrapnel flying through the air.

Let us know what you did if you find a way to cut them back.



Tripple Gold Star Horns

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find a shop that will do it for you...
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Gold Stars of Glory

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I would not try and trim them down but rather remove the area that is damanged. Do a google search and it should pop up for you.


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Horn of Plenty

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Do you want to remove the outer edge equally all the way around? Most music shops (at least around here) will cut keyhole shaped grooves in cymbals just around the crack. They sound much better, and aren't that noticeable (as long as you don't hit the holeArgh!)

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I see two choices here...

treat the cracked area but run the risk of the crack eventually growing


have them cut down and hopefully having a cymbal that is never a worry.
Tripple Gold Star Horns

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id cut them down, their large enough to take it and still leave a decent sized cymbal. its not like your trying to cut down a 6" splash with a 4" crack in it!
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Gold Star Horns

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only problem is the bells on certain models are sized according to, and in proportion to the overall diameter of the cymbal.

If you cut back a 20" cymbal to an 18" you will have an 18" with a bell that may now be too large. It might possibly loose some sustain and many of its overtones.

Just looking at the possibilities.


Tripple Gold Star Horns

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true dat
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I've heard of a lot of people trying to cut down cymbals, but the final result usually doesn't sound that great unless you're able to re-lathe down the edge to correct the taper you just cut off. With this capability, you may be better off to just treat the cracks.


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