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1. WO2007086957 - METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING CYMBAL SOUND

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I claim:
1. A method of optimizing the sound produced by a musical cymbal in a specific performance location comprising:
positioning a cymbal having an upper surface and a mapped lower surface in a specific performance location where said cymbal is to be utilized;
selecting at least one sound absorbing segment comprised of a quantity of sound absorbing material, said segment having a specific length, width, depth and a specific shape, at least one surface of said segment having a non-hardening adhesive applied thereto capable of retaining said segment to a surface of a cymbal during playing thereof;
affixing the at least one sound absorbing segment to a selected position located upon the lower mapped surface of the cymbal;
striking the cymbal in such a manner as to produce sound therefrom;
evaluating the sound produced by the cymbal in regard to the volume, frequency and duration;
adjusting the position of the at least one segments
until the volume, frequency and duration of sound produced by the cymbal has been optimized in regard to the performance location and music to be played; and
recording the position of the at least one sound absorbing segment affixed to the lower mapped surface of the cymbal.
2. The method of claim 1 wherein the musical cymbal is selected from the group consisting of high hat, crash, ride, splash and china cymbals.
3. The method of claim 1 wherein the predetermined shape of the segment is selected from the group consisting of square, rectangular, elongated and circular shapes.
4. The method of claim 1 wherein the predetermined shape of the sound absorbing segment is a ring-like shape especially configured for circumferential placement upon the lower surface of a cymbal.
5. The method of claim 1 wherein the sound absorbing material is a plastic material.
6. The method of claim 5 wherein the plastic material is selected from polyurethane, polyester, polyether and polyvinyl plastic materials.

7. The method of claim 6 wherein the plastic material is a foam material.
8. The method of claim 1 wherein the sound absorbing material is comprised of a felt material.
9. The method of claim 8 wherein the felt material is selected from the group consisting of wool, wool/polyester, rayon, rayon/wool and nylon felts.
10. The method of claim 1 wherein the sound absorbing material is comprised of a rubber compound.
11. The method of claim 10 wherein the rubber compound is selected from the group consisting of natural rubber and nitrile rubber compounds.
12. The method of claim 11 wherein the rubber compound is a foam rubber.
13. The method of claim 1 wherein said sound absorbing material also provides vibration damping.
14. The method of claim 1 wherein the upper surface of the cymbal is mapped and wherein the sound absorbing segment is affixed to said mapped upper surface. 15. The method of claim 1 wherein sound absorbing segments are affixed to both the upper and lower surfaces of a cymbal and wherein both the upper and lower surfaces of the cymbal are mapped.
16. The method of claim 1 wherein the segment does not include an adhesive layer, the sound absorbing material demonstrating inherent adhesive qualities sufficient to affix and retain said segment upon a surface of the cymbal without need of an additional adhesive material.
17. A method of optimizing the sound produced by a musical cymbal in a specific performance location comprising:
positioning a cymbal having an upper surface and a mapped lower surface in a specific performance location where said cymbal is to be utilized;
selecting at least one vibration damping segment comprised of vibration damping material wherein said segment has a specific and predetermined length, width, depth and shape, said segment including at least one surface having a non-hardening adhesive applied thereto capable of retaining said segment to a surface of a cymbal during playing thereof;
affixing the at least one vibration damping segment to a selected position located upon the mapped lower surface of the cymbal;

identifying and recording the selected position whereupon the segment is affixed;
striking the cymbal in such a manner as to produce sound therefrom;
adjusting the position of the at least one segment
until the volume, frequency and duration of sound produced by the cymbal has been optimized in regard to the performance location and music to be played; and
recording the position of the at least one vibration damping segment affixed to the lower mapped surface of the cymbal.
18. The method of claim 17 wherein the musical cymbal is selected from the group consisting of high hat, crash, ride, splash and china cymbals.
19. The method of claim 17 wherein the predetermined shape of the vibration damping segment is selected from the group consisting square, rectangular, elliptical and circular shapes.
20. The method of claim 17 wherein the predetermined shape of the vibration damping segment comprises a ring shape especially configured for circumferential placement upon the lower surface of a cymbal.
21. The method of claim 17 wherein the vibration damping material is comprised of a viscoelastic material.
22. The method of claim 21 wherein the viscoelastic material is comprised of a plastic polymer material.
23. The method of claim 22 wherein the plastic polymer is selected from polyurethane, polyester, polyvinyl and polyether plastic polymer material.
24. The method of claim 17 wherein the vibration damping material is a composite material.
25. The method of claim 24 wherein the composite material is comprised of a plastic polymer material bonded to a metal material.
26. The method of claim 25 wherein the plastic polymer material is selected from the group consisting of polyurethane, polyester and polyether plastic polymers.

27. The method of claim 25 wherein the plastic polymers are foam materials. 28. The method of clam 25 wherein the metal is selected from aluminum, tin, copper, silver and gold.
29. The method of claim 28 wherein the metal material is a metal foil.

30. The method of claim 25 wherein the metal material is a metalized polyester material.
31. The method of claim 25 wherein the composite material demonstrates a metal/polymer/metal configuration.
32. The method of claim 17 wherein said vibration damping material also provides sound absorption.
33. The method of claim 17 wherein the upper surface of the cymbal is mapped and wherein the at least one vibration damping segment is affixed to said mapped upper surface.
34. The method of claim 17 wherein both the upper and lower surface of the cymbal are mapped and wherein vibration damping segments are affixed to both the upper surface and lower surfaces of a cymbal.
35. The method of claim 17 wherein the vibration damping segment does not include an adhesive layer, the vibration damping material demonstrating inherent adhesive qualities sufficient to affix and retain said segment upon a surface of the cymbal without need of an additional adhesive material.