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$3,476
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72
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 21 2016
Last updated April 21, 2016

Spinbal - The Cymbal Spinner (Canceled)

Unleash rich vibrato tone and near-infinite white noise from your cymbals with Spinbal, the world's first cymbal spinner.

Spinbal - The Cymbal Spinner (Canceled)

Unleash rich vibrato tone and near-infinite white noise from your cymbals with Spinbal, the world's first cymbal spinner.

$3,476
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
72
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 21 2016
Last updated April 21, 2016

About

We have decided to cancel this Kickstarter campaign! We are so happy that so many people were so supportive of the project from Day 1, and for this we thank you!

  • But Why? We have received a much better manufacturing quote, and will be able to bring Spinbal to market at a much more competitive price! We understand that $25 and up seemed like a lot, and we'd rather not charge anyone that much!
  • Will I be charged for my pledge? As Kickstarter is "all-or-nothing", the answer is NO! Since we have canceled this campaign, none of the backers have been charged anything, nor will they be charged anything in the future!
  • But how do I get a Spinbal now? Stay tuned! Please visit www.spinbal.com to add your email to our mailing list (at the bottom of the page). We will be providing a pre-ordering page within a few weeks, and are projecting an official release in Summer 2016! 
  • What if I would like to donate to the cause anyways? A donation button has been added to www.spinbal.com (at the bottom of the page). If you are keen on supporting our efforts to get Spinbal to market by Summer 2016, please feel free to donate! All direct donations are confidential and greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for your support throughout this campaign! We feel great about not overcharging for this product; we want you to enjoy Spinbal at a fair price! We are securing funding through alternative channels, and Spinbal WILL be available SOON! - Guy Juravich

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"The next big thing in the drum industry" - Christopher "Flood the Drummer" Norris, Journalist (Good Men Project, Huffington Post)

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 2nd Project Video (more raw footage):

Rich Tone: Playing a spinning cymbal produces a unique Doppler-Shifting vibrato, tremolo and sustain similar to Vibraphones and rotary speakers such as Leslie cabinets. Check out this animation to get a sense of how the wave shape of a cymbal is effected by using a Spinbal:

Organist and educator Darby Wolf (Rubblebucket, The Bomb Squad, Kevin Kinsella) explains what this tone did for his craft, and what it means for drummers:

  • "The Leslie rotating speaker brought the Hammond organ to a whole new level. It added a lush, animated dynamic to the organ, making it a far more versatile instrument. Spinbal adds a similar color and modulation to cymbals, giving them a really unique sound. The effect and ambiance it creates inspires drummers to use their cymbals in ways they'd never have thought to before. Also it allows a drummer to create a sound with a cymbal in a live performance that might otherwise only be created in a studio with effects.” - Darby Wolf

Increased Sizzle Sustain: You can now incorporate continual, soothing white noise into your performances without requiring the use of both hands to execute snare brush-sweeps: imagine a Cabasa or Rainstick, with radical sustain. One of our earliest backers is the drummer of the prolific American rock band Nada Surf:

  • I’m always looking for interesting ways to modify the sounds of the basic rock kit. I love the physics of Spinbal, and how the sound of a ride cymbal is affected by it. An audience will likely be mesmerized by it. There are also some [Nada Surf] songs where the white noise effect of the chain on the spinning cymbal will be absolutely perfect. I’m really looking forward to giving it a spin.” - Ira Elliot

Solo Artists: Spinbal isn't just for drummers and percussionists! The rain-like white noise of a Spinbal with a sizzle chain can add rich texture and atmosphere to any song, without any attention or practice whatsoever! Listen to Philadelphia's-own Matthew White demonstrate:

Universally Compatible: Spinbal fits on any standard 8mm cymbal stand and is compatible with standard felt sizes. The included bearings are the same kind used in skateboards, rollerblades and bass drum pedals and are conveniently removable for cleaning, lubing and replacement, just as with a skateboard wheel.

Compact: The light and portable design adds less than a centimeter of height to your cymbal stand and is effectively invisible - unlike bulky Leslie cabinets, Vibraphones, and other rotary instruments: 30 x 35 millimeters, 8 grams without bearing, 18.5 grams with bearing.

Affordable: Spinbal is an incredibly affordable way to augment your gear and technique. Guitar players, organists and Vibraphone players spend hundreds to get this rich tone.

Safe for Cymbals: A spinning cymbal is in fact stronger than a stationary one! An example of this principle is observed in a spinning top which is drastically stronger while spinning, similar to a frisbee or any moving disc. Furthermore, by playing into the fact that cymbals naturally want to move freely, Spinbal helps prevent "key-holing" (damage caused to cymbals from repetitive playing in one position), which drastically lengthens the life of any cymbal.

Extended Spin Time: Generic cymbal holders are simply not designed to spin. In the following video proof of the 3D-Printed Spinbal Prototype in action, one single spin of a standard-weight 20-inch cymbal produced over one thousand individual revolutions in over fifteen minutes:

New Creative Medium: A spinning cymbal presents endless custom design opportunities for visual artists and DIY-ers: yes, think spirals and strobes!

Unique: Surprise and engage your audiences with Spinbal under your cymbals by adding some motion to your otherwise aggressively stationary drum set! Beloved Chicago jazz drummer Makaya McCraven (Makaya McCraven Quartet, Marquis Hill, Bobby Broom) shares some thoughts on his process:

  • "I am always looking for creative tambours and textures in my cymbal choices... Spinbal is an innovative product that explores new possibilities in sound and color by using motion as its own effect. I think this is very exciting and I can't wait to see what else they have in store!" - Makaya McCraven

Strategic Partnership: Spinbal has partnered with Philadelphia musical equipment retailer and dealer BridgeSet Sounds, the fastest-growing of its kind in Philadelphia, for assistance in business strategy and development, wholesale and online retailing, fulfillment and quality control. Guy Juravich, the drummer behind Spinbal, is proud to know when he's out of his wheelhouse; partnering with Bridgeset Sounds ensures a future for Spinbal!

Project Budget: A minimum funding goal of ten thousand dollars has been chosen mainly to cover cost of tooling the molds from which Spinbal will be manufactured. This initial cost is the paramount obstacle of the project. Injection molding with strong plastics is incredibly consistent and will provide drummers with a quality product, yet the tooling alone costs eight thousand dollars.

The good news is that once the tooling of the molds is completed, a production run of hundreds of thousands of units can be manufactured at guaranteed-quality using the very same molds. By contributing to this campaign you are empowering Neue Gestalt with the singular tool needed to continue Spinbal production in the future, and bring Spinbal to market at a price competitive to generic (non-spinning) cymbal holders.

The goal will also offset the cost of high-grade, durable plastic. A majority of top-tier injection molding companies also have large minimum orders: one thousand dollars' worth.

Lastly, the goal will help settle the cost of high-efficiency, side-load bearings and accessories such as bearings and felts. These costs are estimated at five hundred dollars. The Kickstarter fee is also five hundred dollars.

$10,000 Goal:

New Notation: Composers and musicians now need a way to notate a spinning cymbal; notice anything about the Spinbal logo? Yep, it's a note, just on its side! Here's some context for you:

Common Percussion Notation
Common Percussion Notation

Worldwide Shipping: Spinbal can be shipped worldwide because of its slight size and weight. You may also consider a package-forwarding service to ship to a US address, and then forward abroad at (likely) a better rate.

Future Development: Pending public interest, Neue Gestalt hopes to further develop the product line with an electric model and varying companion products such as multi-speed triggers, hi-hat clutches and use-specific sizzle chain stands.

A Note From The Designer, Guy Juravich: 

I first began spinning my cymbals as a young drummer, sitting idly, waiting for guitarists to tune up. Out of sheer boredom I’d spin one like a lazy susan, letting the stick bounce along the moving surface. I found some climbing rope in the barn where I played my drums as a kid in summertime, and climbed up to a loft and hung a cymbal like a pendulum. It soared above my kit (tied up 15 or 20 above my drum set), grazing my shoulders and sense of safety, but sounded so, oh so good moving around in that circular pattern.

Fast forward to 2013 and I’m on the road, touring with a variety act. Having a live band was a literal afterthought for the troupe, so they could only afford a small combo: drums, guitar and sax, and we could only bring minimal gear; I had super small drum kit. Being that the show was theatrical in nature and there were so few of us musicians working with so little, let’s just say I had to turn my stage presence up to 11. Before nearly every song and during every song break, I’d spin my ride cymbal for dramatic flair. For the first few hits, the cymbals would wobble around in playful patterns and the sound they produced was a wash of textured Doppler vibrations. Until the cymbals stopped spinning half a minute later, they just sounded so, oh so good. The uniqueness of the method made for pleased audiences and so many curious, excited drummers.

So I got to thinking, talking and tinkering: I spoke with drummers from all walks of life to attempt to uncover at least some reference to the method - to no avail, for over a year. I can fairly confidently say I doubt I am the first drummer to have played a spinning cymbal; rather I think I am the first drummer to have become addicted to its kinetic sound.

So I thought about that sonic effect in depth: I had been exposed to Leslie cabinets in high school and was always enamored with the sound they produced, having played with a great organist who knew how to use one. I had experimented with Vibraphones along the way too. Harnessing the Doppler Effect had done wonders for other instruments, so I knew I needed to get that “so, oh so good” sound to last for more than half a minute; this is why I built the Spinbal Cymbal Spinner. 

The design is elegantly simple. If successfully funded, Spinbal will be efficient, affordable, universally compatible and durable enough to survive even the most heaved-handed of players like myself. Most of all, I wanted to create a unique tool to uncover this hidden sonic potential in all of our cymbals. The discovery of the sizzle tone was an amazing byproduct of this experimentation; a happy accident indeed! I simply can’t wait to hear what my fellow drummers and musicians will create with it!

With your support we can revolutionize (pun totally intended) the sonic landscape of percussion and have some fun at the same time! Thank you so much for supporting this campaign and keep making music everybody!

- Guy Juravich

Visit guyjuravich.com to learn more about Guy
Visit guyjuravich.com to learn more about Guy

Credits:

Project Video: Recorded, mixed and mastered at Dos Gatos Recording by Robert Paul Simmons. Filmed on location by Steve Harner of Bridgeset Sound. Edited, produced and performed by Guy Juravich.

"About this Project" Video: Recorded and filmed by Steve Harner of Bridgeset Sound at Walking Fish Theater. Edited, mixed and mastered by Lucas Kozinski of Sleepless Sound. Produced and performed by Guy Juravich.

Still Photography: Steven Harner, Guy Juravich, Sebastian Gallup

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