GONG INTO CRASH

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GONG INTO CRASH

Message par Johan VDS » Ven 12 Oct 2007, 07:47

A French drummer asked me to convert a flattish 16" Wuhan windgong into ... "a cymbal".

Because of the brittle nature of chinese B20 I was rather hesitant, especially because the process would also involve cold-hammering a cup, which is always a risky procedure with B20 alloy.
But he insisted and was prepared to take full responsibility if anything went wrong.
Luckily it didn't.

The gong appeared to be not round, extremely irregular in thickness (yes, typically chinese), very lopsided and full of really deep "lathe chatter", so I had to get rid of all the thickness irregularities. This cannot be done on a lathe, so I actually had to grind down the whole gong to the thickness of its thinnest spot, so the whole gong would be of a uniform thickness. Just doing this took several hours.

First I hammered a cup, drilled a hole, did some initial bow hammering, then I grinded away all the thickness irregularities, hammered the bow in various sessions (with several lathing sessions in between the hammering sessions) and finished off with a patina-treatment and a little extra lathing.

The weight was reduced from over 1600 grams to roughly 1050 grams. It's now a 16" dark trashy crash.

Here's a BEFORE AND AFTER clip/
http://users.telenet.be/cymbzdrumz/RECR ... _Crash.mp3







Some pics of the process:


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Message par carlosdubrazil » Ven 12 Oct 2007, 09:11

Classious !!!
Good job Mister Johan
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Message par J. » Ven 12 Oct 2007, 16:05

Soundwise it really carries your signature, doesn't it? I absolutely love that apocalyptic sound… 8)
(My gosh, it sounded like shit before!)
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Message par Johan VDS » Lun 5 Nov 2007, 12:47

J. a écrit :apocalyptic sound
Apocalyptic...I'm interested to hear what you mean by that ?
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Message par Ant'oïn » Lun 5 Nov 2007, 13:02

Maybe it's just to say it's a fucking awesome sound :wink:
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Message par J. » Lun 5 Nov 2007, 14:14

I don't know, when you hit it hard, it sounds like the whole world is crumbling… it's frightening; :lol:
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