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A few months ago, I repaired some of my old cymbals and gave them to a friend’s son who is learning to play drums, knowing that he’d be better off with well-repaired, professional cymbals than with the type of entry-level cymbals in his budget range at the time. His drum teacher, the excellent Ash Muscroft of http://www.ashmuscroftdrumtuition.co.uk/ spotted these cymbals and asked if I would repair a couple of his. The first was a Paiste ride with a simple edge crack, needing a straightforward scallop repair. The other, however, was a very different beast – a lovely Sabian HHX with a MASSIVE, flappy break almost to the bell. See Ash’s post below for his take on the repair, and my thanks to Ash for trusting me with his bronze!

A few weeks ago I posted a broken cymbal of mine that I've had sat around for years! I was so upset when it cracked mid gig! At the time I was young and stupid enough to continue playing with it until it was beyond repair (or so I thought!)… So I recently sent it off to my good friend Tim Gillespie from @urchinpercussion and THIS IS WHAT HE HAS ACHIEVED!! IT'S AMAZING!!!! (I can't thank him enough!) He's managed to get rid of the monstrous break without a great deal of sustain loss. It will definitely be a great cymbal to stack but could still be used on its own! Love the tone more now that before!!!! 100% go take your cymbals to @urchinpercussion you really won't be disappointed! Www.ashmuscroftdrumtuition.co.uk #sabianhhx #sabiancymbals #sabian #crackedcymbal #cymbalrepair #urchinpercussion #itsnotwhatyouknow #itswhoyouknow #watchthisspace #drummer #drum #drums #drummers #drummerslife #cymbals #cymbal #repair #music #band #bandlife #urchinpercussioncymbalrepair

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SwampBox Footplate

SwampBox Footplate

This is the Urchin SwampBox Footplate. A piece of wood with a hole. But slot in your Urchin SwampBox stomper and it becomes a footplate, lowering the ‘box’s stomping angle and adding stability to your stage setup. With its non-slip backing, the Footplate is robust and simple to use; the SwampBox is not permanently attached to the plate, so it can still be used alone wherever travelling light is important. Pricing TBA.

*Boot not included

*Boot not included

SwampBox + Footplate

SwampBox + Footplate

The Urchin SwampBox

The Urchin SwampBox

The Urchin SwampBox

The Urchin SwampBox

Made from reclaimed ply, this large-sized Urchin SwampBox is a thumping addition to any player’s setup. Use it to add some rhythm to your guitar, as an additional voice for your cajon playing, or wherever you want to add a little drive to a performance.