I was driving home form a long trip and needed to take a break. I took a random turn off the highway in Tennessee and found myself still unwilling to get back in the car even after spending 10 minutes in the parking lot of a filling station. I decided to drive around this exit and see if there was a place I could waste a few more minutes. I found a older style shopping mall which had been converted into some sort of consignment/antique mall. I love these sort of places because there is always something interesting to see. I didn't find much but this particular mall also had real stores, one of which was a music store. I had to check it out.
I was expecting the typical small music store experience but I was surprised by this little store. It had your basic low level stuff, like cheap guitars and band instruments but it also had a lot of weird instruments like homemade Native American flutes and some bizarre 3 string guitars. The most unusual thing I found was also one of the saddest things I've seen in a while. Someone had taken two vintage Slingerland bass drums and attached them to make an extended bass drum. The idea, while stupid, isn't that sad. The travesty was in the execution. The two bass drums were attached by screwing the rim of one drum to the shell of the second drum. Imagine if you will, rim/bass shell #1/rim-bass shell #2/rim. I wanted to take a picture but the store owner was bird-dogging me and I didn't want to look like a creep.
Anyway, there was a small stack of used no name cymbals sitting next to this drum set. I casually looked through the stack. The patina on this cymbal made it stick out from all the other sheet metal cymbals. I had to take a closer look.
This is a 12" (it's actually 12 1/4") Avedis Zildjian cymbal. This plate is so thin that I could easily bend it in half with my hands. The weight and malleability caused me some confusion as I have never seen an A that was so light weight. I have a 6" A splash which weights about the same as this cymbal. I took the cymbal to the counter and asked how much it would cost. The guy asked if I had a $10 bill in my wallet. I did and I left with a vintage 12" A Splash for $10. Not too bad.
I've got a gig tomorrow and I think I am going to take this plate out to see how it sounds with a group. I bet it's going to be great.