I'm trying to find out what an instrument is called. Please tell me I'm not crazy because everyone I ask looks at me like I'm from outer space.
I saw it years ago in my friend's cymbal catalog, either Zildjian or Paiste, I can't remember. I only saw a photo so I don't know how big it is but it looked fairly small, maybe six inches across. It's made of a solid piece of flat brass. It has an irregular, but symmetrical curving shape with a small hole at the top.
The way my friend explained, it would hang by a string and you would spin it and strike it, or make it spin by striking it. I imagine it would sound something like a crotale except with a shimmering sound.
Even the friend that showed it to me doesn't seem to know what I'm talking about.
Edit: I have found a photo of the instrument in question. It is from a 1988 Zildjian catalog I found here. Unfortunately it is super low-res. If the resolution were higher I would have my answer from the text of the catalog. At least you can make out the general shape and see that it is hanging from a stand.
I am not sure if my description of how it is played or how it sounds is accurate. At least now I know I didn't imagine it.