Sabian buried 100 cymbals in a muddy hole in the ground eight months ago near their factory in Meductic, New Brunswick, and today they unearthed them.
According to the CBC article, these cymbals produce a better sound quality:
After they were cleaned off, Sabian technician Nort Hargrove checked to see if the eight-month hibernation had made a difference.
“Absolutely,” he said, noting a different sound in his playing.
“What it is is the high register seems to be a little more dominant. When you play it, the edges of the cymbal are wavering.”
That’s supposed to provide a richer sound, especially for jazz.
The success of the experiment is good news for Sabian and for the drummers and collectors who’ve already put their orders in for buried cymbals.
All 100 are already spoken for — they retail for $800, about a third more than the regular price.
The company plans to donate some of the proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
The article further stated that fans of Sabian cymbals include Phil Collins, Neil Peart of Rush and Keith Harris of the Black Eyed Peas.
I think this will definitely allow drummers to get downright dirty…