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Details about  20" Bettis Medium-thin Ride Cymbal. Dark Vintage Old K Handmade Craftmanship.

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20" Bettis Medium-thin Ride Cymbal. Dark Vintage Old K Handmade Craftmanship.
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Feb 26, 2012
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US $202.50
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Item location:
Simi Valley, CA, United States


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Bettis Custom Cymbals

Cymbal Type: Ride



This brand new 20" Bettis medium-thin ride weighs in at 1950 grams. I designed her to help you handle louder, faster stuff without sacrificing responsiveness and subtlety. She has a clear, musical voice with plenty of complex cushion, a strong bell, great stick, and a sinister crash. The control ring of foundry crust at the edge of her underside ensures that she never gets away from you. You are in control, and she will eagerly do your evil bidding.

In order to get as much stick as possible out of my thinner cymbals, I alternate back and forth between hammering and lathing. That process continually work hardens the bronze as I use the lathe to get the cymbal down to the weight and taper that I'm looking for. Going back and forth between hammering and the lathe adds a great deal of time to the process of making a cymbal. Cymbal factories simply can not afford to make cymbals in that manner. I can, because I am not forced to work at a factory pace.

Bettis Custom Cymbals are hand created in a low-production, artisan environment. I begin with raw B20 cymbal blanks and shape each one by hand with hammer and lathe. Many hours are spent to ensure that each one of my cymbals is a high-quality, unique instrument ready for use at the highest of levels.

I took a bunch of pictures of my cymbal creation process, and I encourage you to check out those pics at this location. Also, a short video that shows how I make cymbals can be found here.

Here's what she sounds like under an Erskine Ride Stick. Music accompaniment Darek Oles Like A Dream.

You can download a higher quality version of the videofile here. Large file warning!

She's so pretty!



Insured shipping will be a flat $35 in the lower 48 United States. Other locations will cost $59, and Australia will be even more. If the actual shipping and packaging costs turn out to be less, I will happily refund you the difference.



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