Sabian Meet The Masters 2017 My daughter Maisie and I went to the 2017 Sabian Meet The Masters event at Rhythm Traders in Portland, OR.  They had prototypes on display and for sale along with someone hammering cymbals as well as another Sabian employee operating the cymbal lathe. The main

This is an update to my original post titled Making a guitar pick from a cracked cymbal. I learned a few things since making that first pick.  Here’s what I did differently. First, I decided to trace an outline of the pick using an awl.  This works better since the red

Update: I created a follow-up post with a few things I did differently.  You can find that here. I started with the remnant from a cut-down cymbal.  I chose a cut-off from a Zildjian A Custom 10″ Splash because of how thin it was and how it didn’t have much

 Over the weekend I auditioned for a band.  It was a situation where I was brought in to replace an existing drummer so the songs were already structured and written out.  I knew pretty quickly into the audition that it wasn’t going to work out.  Stylistically, I wasn’t a good

12" Wuhan "Lion" cymbals cut down to 8 1/4" hand cymbals.

I was asked by a friend of mine to cut down her pair of 12″ Wuhan China (or “Lion” cymbals, as they call them) into a smaller set to use as hand cymbals.   There was one slight problem.  Years ago when I first got into repairing cymbals I took

Last night I attended a concert by Terry Bozzio, the former drummer for Frank Zappa. It would normally take a lot for me to go to a 2-hour concert featuring only a drummer, but Terry is different.  His tunes are creative and detailed and he has excellent showmanship.  I really

I recorded the drum tracks for Every Time I Fall, a song I’m working on with Jongwon Kim.   I have a somewhat peculiar way of recording. I actually record the drum tracks a total of eight times, one after the other without any breaks in between.  Typically, the first two tracks

This is just a test of the over-the-head GoPro setup.  The audio was recorded in Ableton and edited into the video. This was when we were auditioning a new keyboard player so it’s a pretty low-key performance.  I was also just getting over the flu so I didn’t have a lot

  Worked on two songs last night.  We’re still solidifying our parts so the playing is a bit rough, especially by yours truly. My setup for this practice was identical to the setup on 2016-09-15. Only The Strong Every Time I Fall  

Recorded a few takes last night as we were writing our parts for a few songs.    In this I’m testing out some cymbals that I modified.  They’re cut down Wuhan Lion cymbals, which is Wuhan’s version of the China cymbals we’re more familiar with.  Personally I hate the sound