- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 21 December 2010
Sabian's Vault Artisan line focuses on the methods used to make cymbals that are hundreds of years old, and refrains from the use of machines, except perhaps the electric motor that turns the lathe, instead of using foot power. The finished cymbal looks a bit like the 22" Legacy Heavy Ride that we have also reviewed. The differences are that the Artisan has more extensive hammering, wider lathing, and a slightly smaller bell. The results are a dark but distinct ping, and a deep wash.
- Manufacturer Line: Vault Artisan
- Type: Ride
- Style: Medium
- Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
- Diameter: 22"
- Metal Work: Hand Hammered, Hand Lathed, Buffed Finish
- Weight: 6 Pounds
- MSRP: $ 932 USA; Street Price $559
The entire cymbal is hammered and lathed, with the lathe lines widely spaced compared to some other cymbals. The bell is not very large, and it is shallow, giving it a piercing sound when struck.
The spectrum of a single ping indicates a peak at 380 Hz, then a relatively smooth response out to 12 kHz, after which it drops to 15 kHz and rolls off slowly to 30 kHz. If you look at the spectrum from the 22" HHX Legacy Heavy Ride Cymbal, you will see that it also has a peak, but at 275 Hz, and extends out to 13 kHz. The response is also somewhat flatter than the HHX Legacy. In any case, the two cymbals sound similar, yet distinct from one another in that the Artisan has a slightly higher pitch.
The Level vs. Time spectrum shows that the attack is sharp, followed by rapid decay.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).