As lifelong drummer, I always struggled to find cymbals with the vibe, feel and sounds that I desired. My first cymbal modification was a very crude hammer job on one of my horrible sounding B8 rides, where I literally used a regular hammer and the sidewalk as my anvil! Of course, the result wasn't great, but it was enough of an improvement to pique my curiosity, and I started to modify any cymbals I could get my hands on.
After a few years tinkering with sketchy, experimental tool setups, (built my first anvil out of an old dumbbell), I finally designed and built a proper cymbal lathe, and furthered my Journey as a self-taught cymbal smith.
Soon, my passion for creating unique cymbals led me to seek mentorship from renowned experts in the field. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to train under the established master cymbal smiths, Nick Margarite (Nicky Moon), and Dave Collingwood.