A lot of drummers buy second hand cymbals to save on money. Some people actually prefer the sound of a broken cymbal. But the most common reason is so they can try to repair them and refurbish them to make a new cymbal.
This can be a great idea if you are either low on money, or if you are looking for a new and unique sounding cymbal that nobody else has.
There are many different ways to repair cymbals, some of them are very easy and require common tools that are found in a garage, whilst other methods may require more complicated procedures such as wielding.
The most common place to get a crack on the cymbal is on the edge. This is very easy to fix if you spot the crack early, however the larger it gets the more useless the cymbal will become. It’s important that you act fast when you find a crack on the edge of a cymbal, even if it’s only a centre metre long. Usually you’ll be able to hear a slight change in the sound as the cymbal will sustain for longer than usual.
The best way to prevent a crack from becoming any bigger is to simply control the crack yourself. Rather than leaving it you can use it to your advantage. A lot of drummer will drill a hole at the end of crack. This will ensure that it doesn’t get any bigger. They will then smooth out the crack itself with a hacksaw. This will make sure that the cymbal doesn’t sustain for longer than it needs to.
Another way to repair a crack is to weld the crack back together. If you don’t have the equipment to do this yourself, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing this then you should take it to a professional.
A skilled welder will be able to fix the issue in just a few minutes. Although this will fix the cymbal you may still need to drill a hole at the end of the crack just to ensure that it doesn’t reopen and get any bigger.
Another way to use cracks to your advantage is to create a whole new cymbal. This works best if you have a crack on the edge. To do this you need to use a circular saw to cut around the entire cymbal.
You must never do this by hand. Otherwise your cymbal will end up with sharp edges that aren’t circular. This method allows you to turn crash cymbals into splash cymbals. Some of them can sound really great, and the best part about it is that nobody else will have anything that sounds like it!
The center of a cymbal or the bell of the cymbal is the hardest place to fix if you have a crack. The best way to solve these issues is to drill more holes. In the center of a cymbal you should drill holes on either side of the crack. This will control it to ensure it doesn’t get any larger.
The bell of the cymbal should follow the same steps as if it were on the edge. A hole should be drilled at the end of the crack. Applying tightly fitting felts to the cymbal stand should ensure that the crack doesn’t get any larger.
At the end of the day, prevention is better than cure. Taking good care of your cymbals will ensure them to last a long time to come…
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