Nice story, and it sounds like it could be a special cymbal. Good price, too.
I'm finding as I explore the world of cymbals the possibilities are almost endless, and discovering one you really enjoy and bond with can make the difference between feeling like you're playing an instrument, or just banging on metal.
I feel very lucky to have the cymbals I have, and to have gotten good deals along the way. There are many flavors out there, and some prices can seem a little extreme.
But, when you find one that sings to you..
I found that Sweetwater Gearfest was a great place to buy cymbals. Different manufacturers usually had sets for sell in their booths for a really good price. I bought a Zildjian set one year. A Meini set the next. My favorite purchase came from my last visit. I went to every cymbal booth and tried every cymbal looking for a specific ride. I wanted high but not too bright, with a balance bell so I could move from the main ride area to the bell and keep a balanced sound without altering my stroke. I finally found my perfect cymbal in the Sabian booth manned by a trio from the Canadian factory. They were not salesmen, they made the cymbals. I could not identify the cymbal because it did not have anything but the generic Sabian logo. One of the men noticed my interest and came over to talk to me.
"This is exactly the cymbal I am looking for. I like the sound of the ride, and the transition to the bell is in perfect balance. I'm trying to find an identifier so I can look the price up on the Sweetwater site but I'm having no luck."
"You really want this one?" the man said with a grin.
"If I can afford it but I cannot find it listed."
"Oh, it is not listed. This is a prototype. One of a kind. There is not another one like it." My heart sank as I saw big dollar signs ahead.
"How much?" I finally asked.
"Let's say $120," he replied with a smile. I grabbed it and think he just wanted someone who really liked it to own it. It is my favorite cymbal.