How It Works

Cymbal Swap is the first and only online cymbal rental service in the US, giving drummers the flexibility to try out various cymbals and experiment with different sounds, before committing to purchase.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kit or you’re a seasoned drummer going on tour, cymbal rentals are cost-effective for upcoming gigs, recording sessions, or discovering new sounds.

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    Sign up

    Get started by signing up.
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    Select your cymbals

    Browse our extensive collection of cymbals, and add the ones you would like to rent to your cart.
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    Check your mailbox

    We’ll mail you the cymbal(s) at the shipping rate you select.
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    Return or purchase

    You keep the cymbal(s) for 7 days or more, and then mail them back using the prepaid shipping label. You’ll also have the option of purchasing any cymbal you receive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have question that we didn’t answer below? Please contact us.

What are the benefits of renting a cymbal versus purchasing?

Cymbal Swap is the only platform that allows you to try out a new cymbal to help you find and level up the sound of your drums. It can take years and/or a lot of money, buying new cymbals to see what types or sizes work best for your style of drumming. Cymbal Swap makes it easy to try out hundreds of hand picked cymbals!

Rental Period

Your Cymbal Swap rental period begins when the cymbal is marked as delivered and ends when your package is scanned in at an authorized shipping center. Make sure to get a drop off receipt to verify when you drop off your cymbal. 

Where can I find the prices for the cymbals?

Cymbal purchase prices are listed in the cymbal description page. You can purchase a cymbal through your account dashboard once you receive the rented cymbal. 

What happens if I crack or damage a cymbal?

We understand that cymbals can crack under certain conditions. It’s important that you inspect the cymbal upon arrival and let us know if there is any damage. If you find a crack at any point, let us know. Cracks on a brand new cymbal will need to be purchased and may be eligible for replacement under the manufacturer warranty. Used cymbals will be accessed on a per case basis at Cymbal Swap’s discretion.

Do hi-hats count as 1 or 2 cymbal rentals?

Hi-hats always come in a set and are considered as 1 cymbal rental. 

What shipping service do you use?

We prefer UPS ground for the majority of our shipments, but also offer shipping services from FedEx and USPS.  Cymbal Swap fulfills orders Mon-Fri. Your cymbal will typically ship within 24hrs of your rental purchase. 

When should I expect my cymbal delivery?

Depending on your location relative to Dallas, TX you should expect to receive your cymbal within 2-5 business days for in stock inventory. You will receive a shipment notification email with tracking information once your order is processed. 

What if I receive the cymbal and don't like the sound?

Our minimum rental duration is 7 days, you may send back the cymbal at any point, but you will be charged for the full 7 day rental period. If you selected 14, 21 or 30 day rental durations you may return a cymbal and the prorated amount will be credited back to your account. 

What if I lose or damage the shipping box?

Let us know and you should be able to take the cymbal to any UPS or UPS authorized shipping store to package and send back to us.

Do the rental fees go toward purchasing the cymbal?

We believe there's value in being able to try out a cymbal on your own kit before committing to purchase and Cymbal Swap makes it easy to return if it's not what you are looking for. Rental fees do not go toward the purchase of the cymbal. The minimum rental duration is 7 days which is non-refundable, but if you rent for more than 7 days and purchase, we'll refund you the prorated rental fees and refund the return shipping.

Is Cymbal Swap an Authorized Dealer?

Cymbal Swap is an authorized dealer for the following cymbal companies: Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste,  Royal Cymbals / Cymbal Craftsman, Mongiello Cymbals, Nicky Moon Cymbals, Mehteran Cymbals, Constantine CymbalsTimothy Roberts Handcrafted Cymbals, Skretas Family Cymbal Company, Red Cymbals and GM Designs Cymbals. If you are interested in any of these brands, contact us to place a special order or create a custom cymbal with participating partners. 

Can I trade my cymbal for a new one?

We don't necessarily trade cymbals, but you can offer up your cymbals to sell to Cymbal Swap through our sell form.  Include any relevant details about your cymbals, photos, and serial number (if applicable). If we are interested in the cymbal, we'll email you an estimate for a Cymbal Swap store credit. If you agree, we'll send you a prepaid shipping label to send us your cymbal. We'll further inspect the cymbal for damage and make sure the description you provided is accurate. We'll issue the store credit which can be used for future rentals & purchases. 

Will Cymbal Swap buy my cymbals?

We love all kinds of cymbals! Go to our sell page and enter in your cymbal details & photos. If we like what we see, the cymbal is in good condition (no cracks, dents, keyholing, fleabites, etc.)  and it's not currently in our inventory, we'll offer a  Cymbal Swap store credit for future cymbal rentals & purchases.


Where is Cymbal Swap located?

Cymbal Swap is based in the Dallas, TX area.

Can I special order a cymbal if Cymbal Swap doesn't carry the cymbal I'm looking for?

Yes, Cymbal Swap can place special orders from brands whom we are an authorized dealer (Zildjian, Sabian, Royal Cymbals/Cymbal Craftsman, Mongiello, Nicky Moon, Meteran, Timothy Roberts)  typically with a 1-2 week turn around depending on availability. We require a deposit of $40/cymbal which can be used toward your future rental and/or purchase. 

Depending on the availability of cymbals from other cymbal brands, we may be able to place a special order, but may take more time to source. Email us to get the conversation started! 

Do you ship internationally?

We currently only ship to the lower 48 United States. 

Does Cymbal Swap’s cymbals come with a warranty?

Cymbals rented through Cymbal Swap are covered by our quality guarantee to be free of cracks, dents, fleabites, and keyholes. Used cymbals purchased through Cymbal Swap are sold as-is and are not subject to manufacturers’ warranty policies. Cymbals purchased new will come with the manufacturers warranty if applicable. 

What payment methods do you accept?

Cymbal Swap will accept most debit, credit cards as well as Google Pay.  We do not accept pre-paid debit or pre-paid gift cards. A valid credit card on file is required for cymbal rentals and we place a hold for the value of the cymbal during your rental period. The hold is released as soon as the cymbals are returned or purchased.

Cymbal Swap also issues digital gift cards which you can purchase from our online store.

Does Cymbal Swap offer payment plans?

Cymbal Swap does not offer payment plans for cymbal purchases at this time. 

Will be refunded for my rental if I purchase a cymbal?

When you purchase a cymbal, Cymbal Swap will issue a prorated refund for rental fees past the minimum 7 day rental period. Return shipping fees are refunded when you purchase a cymbal as well. 

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