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First Round in Australia !

Hi from Australia … Craig Lauritsen here …

Here’s what the cymbal looked like out the box from the uk (thanks, Dave!) –


After playing the cymbal and getting a feel for where it stood currently, I decided to focus on three main areas; adding complexity, finalizing the shape and fine tuning the shape and tension at the bridge.

My hammers of choice were my vintage blacksmith hammer (1.4 kg with a ), a flatter faced hammer used primarily to adjust tension (1.2 kg) and a smaller and lighter hammer which adds a sweeter style of complexity to the wash (870 g).

The process was hammer, flip occasionally, check shape and tension, check sound & repeat with whichever hammer was appropriate for the direction I had in mind.

I used predominantly a spokes method in no small part because it tends to add more complexity. In the final shaping there was a little circular hammering with the flat faced hammer, mainly to tune the mid bow area.

Here’s the cymbal just before lathing –


And here it is after losing 250 ish grams & having some tonal grooves and a final pin lathing pass installed –


I’ll see how it integrates the changes over the next few days. It’s close, very close ….

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