We are now doing cymbal lathing in our Chicagoland store and offering these under our Genesis By Maxwell line. We can take those older, heavy cymbals you have and thin them down to create a wonderful, usable cymbal for you. We will also be custom lathing cymbals in our stock as well. Steve Jr is pictured below doing our first cymbal. We took an A Zildjian flat ride that weighed in at a hefty 2800 grams and trimmed it down to about 2200 and now have a superb sounding flat ride! You can see our listings (more of which will be coming very soon) HERE.
October 13, 2016 UPDATE: Here's an overview of what we do with lathing:
- Steve Jr and another of our team, Eric, do the actual lathing. We work on the top side, the underside, and the bell. We can work on all of these areas, or only some of them. We can fully lathe the cymbal, or only partially lathe it. The degree to which we thin the cymbal varies based on what the characteristics of the cymbal are, and what the owner wants to accomplish. We thin the cymbal by lathing to remove metal gradually. We test it in between lathings to get a general sense for thickness, but we wait 24 hours before testing for sound. Reason: the cymbal metal needs to settle after it has been lathed. So, trying the cymbal immediately after lathing will produce a different sound and feel than what you will ultimately get from the lathing after the metal has settled. After 24 hours we test it and if more work is desired we can trim more metal. We can also use a special tool to impact the "wobble" (which impacts the sound an playability) without trimming any more metal. We then let it set for another 24 hours and test again. For cymbal that we lathe for our stock, these are worked on by Steve Jr and Eric, and then are given to me for the final stamp of approval before they go into inventory.