There is much conflicting and nebulous information circulating about how cymbals are made.
Cymbal companies have different ways of doing things, and naturally they all maintain that their way is the best, while their competitors’ ways are not so good. Since they all have great marketing departments that excel at semantics, everyone usually comes out smelling like a rose.
"We will limit our statement in this regard to the fact that we do things our way because it works for us and we get superior results. Besides, explaining our methods in too much detail would reveal our secrets, and we would rather not substitute such revelations with misleading and trivial simplifications. Still, our methods are interesting and our story worth telling. Our manufacturing philosophy is simple: we know that a human being has the intuition and ability to create superior musical instruments. To mimic this ability with a machine would require a highly sophisticated robotic device controlled by advanced artificial intelligence.
This is a very interesting concept but unfortunately still within the realm of science fiction. So we do things the tried and true way. We make cymbals by hand. And since the results are magnificent we see no reason to change. In our professional series, we craft cymbals by hand exclusively. We will use mechanical devices sparingly and only as aids to hand manufacture, but never at the expense of sound and quality.
Such devices help remove strenuous labor from our artisans, and allow them to concentrate their talents and energy on creating instruments of the highest sound quality and consistency. In the creation of our mid-range cymbals we will introduce automation. Our value class cymbals are entirely machine made, because this helps us lower the cost of such cymbals. The true art of cymbal making is to select the right methods to achieve the desired goal, whether it is ultimate professional sound quality or whether we strive to achieve the best price/value relationship."