The art of cymbal making is a Turkish tradition dating back many hundreds of years ago.
Becoming a Cymbal Smith takes patience, dedication, hard work and years of study!
There are 3 crucial steps to take in order to create a top quality cymbal;
1.You must have the correct mixture of metals. The B20 alloy is an example of a common mixture most cymbal manufacturers use.
The exact ingredients used in cymbal making are closely guarded by each cymbal manufacturer and usually always specific to that manufacturer!
Every manufacturer has a slightly different mix of metals, but it’s roughly 80% Copper and 20% Tin.
2.The raw alloy needs to be cast into a disc, or “Cymbal Blank”. These discs are about the the size of a CD and around 5mm – 10mm thick.
3.The cymbal then needs to be hammered into shape by a Cymbal Smith.
The cymbal blank is repeatedly heated and hammered, this process is called “Tempering”.
Tempering changes the molecular structure of the alloy and gives the cymbal its durability and musical qualities.
Once the cymbal is hammered to its approximate size, shape and thickness, it is then lathed into the final product.
Some are hand-polished to a mirror shine, others are left natural and others are even unlathed for a dry, dark, earthy tone.
Of course, there are many other modern ways to make a cymbal.
Stamped into shape by a machine, machine hammering, machine lathed, you can even use different alloys and different mixtures of metals.
However, none of these methods produce a cymbal that compares to a traditional handmade Turkish cymbal!
Note – Although a Lathe is a machine, the cutting tool used on a Lathe is hand-held, thus keeping our cymbals completely hand crafted from start to finish!