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10571z
10-29-2005, 11:14 PM
hey guys ive recently borken a cymbal i tried drilling it and it just cracks again so yeh ive decided im gunna just cut it out... ino itll sound no real good but i have no other option and no moeny. anyways what tool would i use to cut the cymbal any techniques or advice thanks!

poppinfresh
10-29-2005, 11:18 PM
shears. I did it with shears. You have to find the end of the crack, you prbably have zildjians. But you have to find the end of the crack, with a microscope and then drill it then cut that out and sand everything down.

Iodus
10-29-2005, 11:19 PM
umm, cutting wheels and angle grinders are best,
and DO NOT use a jigsaw,
one of my drumming mates has cut his zbt crash in 4 different places, looks like it was attacked by a shark, but none of the cuts have cracked

Double Bass Jim
10-30-2005, 12:39 AM
Use shears and cut the bad piece out.

10571z
10-30-2005, 01:02 AM
ok thanks guys its a zildjian zbt 16inch crash..

poppinfresh
10-30-2005, 01:20 AM
Use shears and cut the bad piece out.
the thing is you have to drill past the end first so that when you try to cut you dont make the crafck bigger from putting stress on it.

Double Bass Jim
10-30-2005, 01:22 AM
Yea my buddy had an old 16" PRO crash, he took a big slice into it, we had to cut it out with shears :( How I hate messed up cymbals.

10571z
10-30-2005, 02:22 AM
what do u mean shears what do they look like post a pic some1 lol.... do u mean sheep shears arggghh

ben_staples
10-30-2005, 06:13 AM
http://fcsurplus.ca/tools/images/402981b.gif

^^ there

Chippy569
10-30-2005, 07:04 AM
send it to jamie at Saluda Cymbals and he'll re-cut it in a ROUND shape for you.

poppinfresh
10-30-2005, 10:38 AM
i can do the same, it just takes time. Youll need a file.

I havent rounded mine just because im thinking i might just loes alittle bit more of the sound, and right now it sounds really nice so i dont want to do anymore. and i have the ends drilled and sanded so it should be ok.

Brokensticks
10-30-2005, 12:06 PM
Just use it as a frisbee or something :)

Waste of Paint
10-30-2005, 02:20 PM
I'm not trying to stop you or anything, but for a ZBT I wouldn't even try to rescue it unless they were the hats =).

My ex-drum teacher gave me an old brass ride and an amazing AAX crash and I've put huge cracks in both. I'm putting the AAX on my wall. It already had sizzle holes and a couple cracks anyway. As for the ride... the crack is 4" and growing. I'm planning on getting a really nice one soon, so I'm just sort of experimenting with it and seeing how far it will go =)

jaykemurd
10-30-2005, 08:13 PM
Shears is not really the correct terminology. Shears are for sutting small plants/branches. Tin Snips are what I have used. Tin Snips are found in any normal hardware store. They're perfect for brass/cast/cheapy cymbals!

Happy_Squirrel
10-30-2005, 08:39 PM
jaykemurd said:
Shears is not really the correct terminology. Shears are for sutting small plants/branches. Tin Snips are what I have used. Tin Snips are found in any normal hardware store. They're perfect for brass/cast/cheapy cymbals!^ This man is correct. They're also sometimes referred to as aviation snips.

Also, if you use metal cutting snips, don't forget to cut in the correct direction. These things are directional and come in three flavors:

Red - for cutting to the left
Yellow - for cutting a straight line
Green - for cutting to the right

10571z
10-31-2005, 04:11 AM
I'm not trying to stop you or anything, but for a ZBT I wouldn't even try to rescue it unless they were the hats =).

My ex-drum teacher gave me an old brass ride and an amazing AAX crash and I've put huge cracks in both. I'm putting the AAX on my wall. It already had sizzle holes and a couple cracks anyway. As for the ride... the crack is 4" and growing. I'm planning on getting a really nice one soon, so I'm just sort of experimenting with it and seeing how far it will go =)

yer but i play bass more then drums and i dont have a spare 300 for a new crash which ino i will just crack.... ( i have **** technique).... but yeh i just play for muck around so i may as well fix it

Bone
10-31-2005, 04:13 AM
Woa... $300 for a crash?!


Dude - Musiciansfriend.com

-Obscurity-
10-31-2005, 11:02 AM
Woa... $300 for a crash?!



Maybe it was a Paiste Sig?

Maybe he lives in Mongolia?

Futuro
10-31-2005, 11:17 AM
Maybe it was a Paiste Sig? Massmusic has good deals on those, You can always talk with them to bring down the price.

Double Bass Jim
10-31-2005, 04:01 PM
Maybe he lives in Mongolia?
Hahahah

10571z
10-31-2005, 05:17 PM
Woa... $300 for a crash?!


Dude - Musiciansfriend.com

australia dude.... zildjian a custom crashs are like 300.... like a zbt crash is somthing like 150 new.... thats what sucks about australia....:upset: you americans get it cheep as.

Parker
10-31-2005, 08:16 PM
I used a plasma cutter to cut out a big *** chunk from a china.

poppinfresh
10-31-2005, 11:46 PM
oh aviation snips, thats right i learned that in metal shop. i started saying shears because someone else said shears. haha

Bone
11-01-2005, 03:19 AM
australia dude.... zildjian a custom crashs are like 300.... like a zbt crash is somthing like 150 new.... thats what sucks about australia....:upset: you americans get it cheep as.


Incorrect.


You australians have massive import tax. Complain to your government about raised prices.