Most modern cymbal manufacturers crank out hundreds if not thousands of cymbals at a given time. They often use large machines to hammer each cymbal the same way and have systems that allow them to maximize their profit. 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. This is why we started modifying cymbals. We 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.
Can I get any sound out of any cymbal?
The short answer is “no”, but don’t worry. Cymbals have been worked into the shape, tension, and size that was intended by the manufacturer. However, we find ways to work within the limits of the existing structure of the cymbal to bring out the best it has to offer.
Warranties, Returns, and Mod Policy:
Our modifications come with a very limited, 30 day warranty from the time the cymbal(s) is received after the modification. Because we are altering a used cymbal(s) that may be vintage and/or compromised (containing cracks, visible or not), Mod. Cymbal Co. may not be held responsible for additional cracking or damage that may occur due to the previous state of the cymbal(s). If this happens during the modification, we will repair the crack by drilling a hole at each end and widening the crack to stop it from continuing. If the crack is at the edge of the cymbal, we will “scoop” out the crack and smooth the edges. If this occurs within 30 days after the mod, you may ship the cymbal(s) back to us and we will repair the cymbal(s) at no additional cost. Shipping is the responsibility of the customer. Because we are beginning with a used cymbal(s), we cannot offer a full refund or pay for the shipping of the cymbal(s) back to us for repair. Many factors go into a cymbal’s durability, but with modified and thinner cymbals the chance of cracking is increased when care is not taken in how the drummer plays the cymbal(s).
Light Mod: $100
- Lowers fundamental pitch, adds stick definition and dryness if desired
- Removes unpleasant frequencies
- Repair any cracks
Heavy Mod: $135
- Includes benefits of Light Mod Plus:
- Significantly lowers the fundamental pitch and changes the sustain
- Adds resonance and “washiness”
- Softens the feel of the cymbal
Add On Mods
- Custom-Tailored: $75
- Additional time for maturing & adjustments
- Before & after video
- Drill Mod: $75
- Up to 20 effects holes to add significant ‘trashiness’
- Rivet Holes
- Patina: $35
- Adds dark coloration and mild “taming” effect
* These prices do not include shipping to and from the shop.
*The maximum weight cymbal we will work on is roughly around 3500 grams (about 7.5 lbs)