For the last few years, I have been experimenting with hammers, anvils and fire in a bid to learn more about how cymbals work. It’s a craft with few books to teach a person what to do. In fact, making a good sounding cymbal really depends on how much time a person is willing to put in. It takes a vast amount of experience no matter what your tool setup or materials may be.
When it comes to cymbals, there are many traditional & long standing notions about “how” they should be made and what is considered good. Respectful to the historical framework of cymbalsmithing, I suggest this a time where new ideas and experimenting are valuable. Companies like Sabian and Hammerax are constantly trying out new ideas with the material and handiwork. Each new cymbal experiment yields a deeper understanding about how the material responds, how the sound energy propagates and how human ears & eyes perceive the outcome, both sonically and visually. The art is changing.
Our most current material sciences can’t fully replace the timeless & unique art of the casting process, while at the same time the modern approach yields and incredibly consistent & uniform output that is demanded by a percentage of drummers around the world. In today’s world, old often meets new…
The goal of The Cymbal Project™ is to deliver a simplified and comprehensive understanding of how cymbals can be repaired & modified. Some of these projects can be done with a minimum amount of tooling & know how, while others projects require a significant investment of both time and money to take advantage of more complex industrial techniques. Whatever your goals may be, it all depends on how far you want to take… Dare to do something different I say!
Cymbals reworked or created by Lance Campeau