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Sabian CymbalsIn a move driven by consumer curiosity, SABIAN has buried 100 of its premium Vault Artisan ride cymbals and will dig them up from the ground in mid-2009. Why? According to SABIAN VP of Sales Peter Stairs, the company receives hundreds of queries annually regarding the "aging of cymbals by burying them in the ground." So the specialists in the SABIAN Vault have buried the cymbals in an undisclosed spot near the SABIAN factory in eastern Canada. The project is entitled 'One of 100'.

Continued Stairs, "Buried cymbals are the stuff of legend. Anecdotal comment indicates that aging the cymbals by burying them in soil actually helps shape their sound. Of course we are as curious as anyone to see what these cymbals sound like when they're pulled up from the earth. These are custom-sized 21-inch Artisan Medium Ride models in Natural Finish. They will have endured about eight months of dry, wet, hot and cold soil including the freezing temperatures of our Canadian winter. We anticipate they will be dirtier looking, and if what the legend says is true, they may be dirtier sounding as well."

Sabian One of 100 Soil-Aged Premuim Vault Artisan CymbalsThe cymbal of choice for 'One of 100' is no accident, says Stairs. "The Artisan Ride exemplifies SABIAN cymbal making artistry in that it is hand hammered traditional-style, and its tone is darker and dirtier… quite earthy. It's the ideal choice."

Once dug up, the cymbals will be sonically approved by the SABIAN Vault Team, then individually packaged in a deluxe wood box, complete with official documentation of authenticity signed by master product specialist Mark Love.

Available starting 9:00 a.m. A.S.T. on Thursday, March 5th, the cymbals in the 'One of 100' collection will be available to the first 100 eligible buyers who submit a purchase submission form on the Sabian Web site. The cymbals will be numbered 1 through 100 and will be allocated in the order the submissions are received. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity; further details can be found on the Sabian website.

"Innovation happens in many ways," concluded Stairs. "And though 'One of 100' is another industry first from SABIAN, it is also a reminder that we are more than willing to experiment in an effort to ensure drummers can play the sounds they want to hear."

Why has Sabian buried 100 premium Vault Artisan cymbals?

SABIAN One of 100

Benefits for "Owners of The Hundred"

* Invitation to visit the SABIAN factory in 2010 - meet the founders of SABIAN and tour the factory!
* Early access to new product and printed information from SABIAN
* Invitation to participate in a SABIAN focus group
* Access to an exclusive One of 100 forum which includes direct access to SABIAN product specialists

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity to be named later.

Download a PDF version of the brochure

Cymbal Details

Model: Custom-sized 21" Vault Artisan Ride, medium weight, natural finish
Purchase price: $800 USD
Sales open: March 5, 2009
Excavation date: June 1, 2009

SABIAN - One of 100 - Ordering Information

There are only 100 of these special cymbals available for purchase. We will be choosing the successful buyers from the first 100 eligible purchase submissions we receive. The cymbals will be numbered 1 through 100, and will be allotted according to the order we receive the submissions.

In order to be eligible to purchase, it will be necessary to fill out and submit an information form that will be posted on our website on March 5th. The One of 100 cymbal package will be shipped directly to your dealer for you to pick up and purchase there.

Once we have verified the information on the submission form and contacted your dealer to arrange the details of the purchase, we will notify you to let you know if your submission has been accepted. You will also be notified if your purchase submission cannot be accepted for any reason.

Normal warranty applies to the 21" Artisan Ride. In cases of warranty, consumer will receive a regular 21" Artisan Ride as a replacement.

Limit one cymbal per customer.

For more information, visit their web site at www.sabian.com.