Most modern cymbal manufacturers crank out hundreds if not thousands of any particular cymbal at a given time. They also use large machines to hammer each cymbal blank the exact same way. This means they are not able to spend the time fine tuning a particular cymbal to ensure it sounds its best. Cymbals are incredibly complex instruments with more overtones than just about any other instrument known to man. Even if you hear a particular cymbal on a video and you order the same one online, you’ll find that it will sound somewhat or very different. There may be frequencies that are unpleasant to the ear. It may be higher/lower pitched than you thought. It may be too mellow or too aggressive. This is why a custom cymbal mod from Stack Ring is often very beneficial. I tune and lathe the cymbals myself, making sure they sound their best. 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.
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.
The standard price a repair, light rehammer, and drill a cymbal is $75. To add lathing the cost is $120 (for up to 500 grams removed). These prices do not include shipping to and from the shop. *Extensive hand-hammering, drilling, or lathing (over 500 grams or a pair of hi-hats) is $155.