Forge Your Own Sound
Mike Mongiello is an independent cymbalsmith from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since February of 2019, he has been hand-hammering cymbals and gongs using handmade and self-modified tools. He began after years of research and tool development, inspired by the work of Dave Collingwood, Nicky Moon, Matt Bettis, Matt Nolan, Philippe Gauthier Boudreau and the late great Roberto Spizzichino among other great makers from around the globe. Although his journey started alone, he has progressed with the support and advice of the international cymbalsmith community. In March of 2020, Mike traveled to Avaré, Brazil to meet his mentor and friend Fransisco Domene. There he studied traditional and modern hammering and lathing techniques to further develop his skills. Now, back home in South Philly, he continues practicing his craft to join the ranks of the select few independent cymbalsmiths in the world.
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