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Artisan cymbals blend old-world cymbal-making with innovation. Traditionally hand-hammered into shape and sound by Sabian craftsmen, Artisan cymbals also receive hand-guided large-peen hammering for extra dark, complex musicality.
Sabian metallurgists combine measured amounts of copper, tin and silver to create centuries-old recipe for Sabian B20 bronze alloy
Molten-hot B20 bronze is very carefully hand-poured into pots, and once cooled, yields already-musical B20 bronze castings
B20 castings are meticulously hand-separated by weight and prepared to remove all impurities
Castings are fed through a large rolling oven up to a dozen times, involving a crew of 5 men who must work with choreographic precision under intense heat
During the entire rolling process, blanks must be rotated carefully to create a molecular weave for strength and durability
As castings become cymbal blanks, custom-built machine tools are expertly hand-operated to press bells into blanks, drill holes in center, cut down to size and bump for approximate shape
Hand-hammering artisans shape and form each cymbal with 2,000 to 4,000 precision-placed hammer blows, adding musicality, complexity, and dark tone
Lathe craftsmen operate specially retrofitted lathes, thinning cymbal to desired gauge while adding crucial tonal grooves
Cymbal must be trimmed to exact size and the edges buffed for smoothness
Each individual cymbal is hand-tested and hand-weighed in the Vault by Vault sound specialists, a critical process
Each individual cymbal is placed on a shelf to age, allowing the frantically active molecules to slow down and stabilize
Each individual cymbal is once again hand-tested by two Vault specialists to ensure they fit the parameters of the series and model
Sabian Vault 17" Artisan Crash - Natural Finish
Fast, dark and dirty, the Artisan Crash ‘opens up’ with a musically rich, complex texture of traditional tone. Vault is all about discovering and designing new sounds. It's all about creativity and innovation. This concept of shaping the future of cymbals and sounds is a first. So are the results.