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Spring Mounts

Cymbal Mounting Springs

Most drummers obviously use a cymbal stand of one type or another,r and then simply mount their cymbals onto the stand using the stock mounts provided (i.e., a plastic “stopper” base, plastic sleeve, a felt washer for below, a felt washer for above, and a wing-nut to hold everything in place). Although this system has been around for years and works OK, it does have flaws. For example, once a cymbal (especially those that are “crashed”) is tightened into place, striking the cymbal repeatedly can result in bending and/or cracking around the mounting hole. Anything other than loose mounting can also result in cymbal cracking along its edge. In addition, a loose mounting can make multiple hits to a cymbal difficult - since it is constantly swinging. This mounting technique definitely requires a good “touch” between wing nut tension and proper cymbal striking technique. If the wing nut is not tight enough, then the wing not will loosen, and your cymbal can fall off (not fun during session work, or while performing). Many friends of mine continually complain about standard mounts - even those that are not real heavy hitters. They feel “the pain” when they price out new or used replacement cymbals.  Good cymbals are not cheap. To avoid all of this, I do two things differently; First, I use thin and medium-thin crash cymbals. I also use spring mounts on almost all of my stands (except those for small splash cymbals). with this setup I have never cracked or bent a cymbal (even when you consider some of the heavy handed players that I have had “sit in” on my set). Amazingly, most drummers I know have never seen spring mounts for cymbals, but they want them after they do.  They are called “Cymbal Springs” (if I remember correctly).  They are made by Aquarian. They are quite effective devices. All you have to do is remove your old mount hardware and slip the cymbal spring assembly over bare shaft of the stand. Next, you tighten down a screw that press-fits the assembly into place (without marring the existing threads). Once attached, you place your cymbal over the lower rubber washer (that’s attached to the heavy gauge spring), and tighten the upper rubber-based washer down onto the cymbal. Now, when you strike your cymbal, the spring moves WITH the cymbal - rather than the cymbal moving back and forth against a metal, or plastic sleeved shaft. I believe there are three reasons why more drummers don’t use this device. First, it’s an added cost to the stand, second, they are not marketed very well, and third, critics state that this system reduces the natural ring of the cymbal. As for the last point, I have noticed this the smaller the diameter and thickness of the cymbal. However, there’s actually an easy solution to this; simply place small diameter piece of felt against each side of the cymbal - against the top and bottom of the clasping system. This reduces the damping effect of the wide rubber “washers” and the problem goes away. A cymbal will now ring naturally, and, because of the benefits of the mount, you’ll add years to the life to any cymbal (even ones that are already cracked).

Steve Dow

drum_techniuqes/spring_mounts.txt · Last modified: 2007/07/26 12:19
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