Uh-Cymbaling my Cymbals
My friend Daniel Potter had asked me recently about what kind of deal I had found on my cymbals. I figured it was complicated enough to devote a post.
First I started looking at a $750 box set of Zildjian A Custom cymbals. After some patience, and my Dad being an internet-searching animal, he found some in OK. The store was crazy, and sold me this box for
16in Medium Crash
18in Fast Crash
20in Medium Ride
Cheap Cymbal Bag
The set was supposed to come with a nice cymbal bag, so I called Zildjian. They apologized and shipped me the nicer bag for free, and didn't want their cheap one back. So I sold it on eBay. It went for about $12. Let the magic begin.
$500 - $12 = $488.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted 12in HiHats, so when the box came from UPS, I didn't lay a finger on the 14in Hats in the set. I kept the other three cymbals, and sold the 14in Hats on eBay. They went for about $213.
$488 - $213 = $275.
So as of that point, I had my two crashes and ride, plus a nice cymbal bag from Zildjian, for under three hundred bucks. But, no HiHats, so I got online and SEARCHED SEARCHED for 12in Hats. I wanted a pair of Zildjian A Custom 12in Mastersound HiHats in the Brilliant finish. Well, turns out nobody else in the United States does, so they don't make them anymore. hmmph. I managed to track down the Mastersound top, but no bottom. So, I SEARCHED and found a Zildjian "A" 12in Bottom Hat. It's not the Mastersound, which stinks. But, to go MS I would still be looking right now. And not have any HiHats to be playing. So, not an option. The two cymbals added up to about $180.
$275 + $180 = $455.
That's all the cymbals I'll be buying. The only adjustments the future holds is a possible addition of a 14in Crash. Oh, and if I ever find a Mastersound bottom, with it's lovely wavy edges, that'd just be swell.
There's the tale of how I pulled all my cymbals, all Zildjian A Customs, for less than $500. I just checked MusiciansFriend.com, and found my Ride alone to be $285. Dang. I'd hate to buy them separately. Patience. Oh my goodness it took some patience. thanks for reading!