Cymbal Modifications

If you’re looking to modify your cymbal(s), have them repaired, or donate a cracked or old cymbal, you’ve come to the right place.
To learn more about the modification process, check out the FAQ.

Tier 1- Rivet drilling, edge crack cut out, bell or bow crack drilling and widening : $50

  • Price includes rivets

Tier 2- Light rehammering, rivet drilling, and everything under “tier 1” : $65

Tier 3- Lathing (up to 500 grams removed) + applicable rehammering : $100

  • An additional fee of $35 will be applied to cymbals that need extensive hammering and/or changes desired after the original modification is completed.

Tier 4- Extensive lathing (500-1500 grams removed and lathing a pair of hi-hats) + applicable rehammering : $135

  • The maximum weight cymbal we will work on is roughly around 3500 grams (about 7.5 lbs)
  • An additional fee of $35 will be applied to cymbals that need extensive hammering and/or changes desired after the original modification is completed.

These prices do not include shipping to and from the shop. 

Why modify?

Most modern cymbal manufacturers crank out hundreds if not thousands of cymbals in a day. They often use large machines to hammer each cymbal the same way and have systems that allow them to maximize their profit by increasing how many cymbals they can produce in a given time. They simply cannot spend the time fine tuning a particular cymbal to ensure it sounds its best. Cymbals are incredibly complex instruments and no two cymbals sound the same, even within the same size and model. If you hear a particular cymbal on a video or recording and you order it, you’ll find that it will sound different. There may be frequencies that are unpleasant to the ear. It may be higher or lower pitched than you thought. It may be too mellow or too aggressive. This is why we started modifying cymbals. We work with you to reimagine the cymbal into an inspiring instrument through the process of hand-hammering and lathing. This oftentimes means lowering or raising the fundamental pitch, removing weird overtones that dominate the cymbal, opening up the crash of cymbals that are too “pingy” or “thick” sounding, and modifying/repairing cymbals that may have cracks or damage. In recent years we’ve done hundreds of modifications, taking what was disappointing and turning it into fresh inspiration. 

Do modifications vary?

Yes, cymbal modifications vary greatly depending on the cymbals being worked on. Some cymbal alloys that are a certain brand or age may be more brittle than others. Because of this, there is a chance that cracks may occur during modification. In nearly every case those cracks can be repaired without decreasing the life of the cymbal (through drilling holes/cutting out cracked sections). Reverie Drum Co./Stack Ring Perc. will not be held liable for cracks that occur due to old and weaker cymbals or lower quality cymbal alloy.

Pricing

Tier 1- Rivet drilling, edge crack cut out, bell or bow crack drilling and widening : $50

  • Price includes rivets

Tier 2- Light rehammering, rivet drilling, and everything under “tier 1” : $65

Tier 3- Lathing (up to 500 grams removed) + applicable rehammering : $100

  • An additional fee of $35 will be applied to cymbals that need extensive hammering and/or changes desired after the original modification is completed.

Tier 4- Extensive lathing (500-1500 grams removed and lathing a pair of hi-hats) + applicable rehammering : $135

  • The maximum weight cymbal we will work on is roughly around 3500 grams (about 7.5 lbs)
  • An additional fee of $35 will be applied to cymbals that need extensive hammering and/or changes desired after the original modification is completed.

These prices do not include shipping to and from the shop.