It takes a hell of a lot of work to reach a point in cymbalmaking where one can produce goods of a certain level of predictability and consistency. For so long, the goal seems to be “if I can figure out x, y and z, then finally I’ll ‘be there’ and then I can just do that every time and I’ll be set”. It took me a long time to reach a level of not having to consistently destroy expensive bronze materials to learn lessons. Once I hit that level, I was so traumatized from all the destruction that I swore I’d never do it again. In fact my goal became to always turn a piece of work into a sellable cymbal, in one form or another, even if it didn’t turn out as planned. The issue here is that problems still arise, and sometimes you get stuck feeling like there’s no solutions because your work flow is always the same. And sometimes the only way to find new solutions is to do things to the material that you wouldn’t normally do....manipulate it in weird ways and study the results along the way. Essentially, you have to continue to risk destruction in order to reap the rewards of discovery. As you progress the likelihood of destruction will decrease because your accumulated experience will teach you how to find ways out of the most daunting situations. So, continue to be brave, go forth and face destruction, try new things, and dont ever let yourself rust.
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