Sabian Cymbal Poll Allows Players to Choose New Models
Winner will be unveiled at January's NAMM show
For most drummers, interacting with and choosing one’s cymbals is a personal and involved process that can take a lifetime of experimentation and frustration, a process made more complicated by the vast array of shapes, timbres and textures available to the discerning percussionist. This year, cymbal manufacturer Sabian aims to bring the player directly into the product creation process, with their inaugural Player’s Choice poll. Sabian artisans have created 12 new cymbal models across the spectrum from rides to hats specifically for the contest; these in turn will be played on video by various powerhouse Sabian endorsers, including fusioneer Dave Weckl and Rush’s Neil Peart.
Viewers on Sabian’s website can then vote down one cymbal a week, with the top four remaining cymbals announced at January’s NAMM show as the company’s new product offerings for the year. Interested drummers and enthusiasts are encouraged to register online, to gain access to the full cymbal and video list. Additionally, registered voters can opt to receive text messages informing them of the results for the week. The polls open on October 17; enthusiastic drummers are encouraged to start voting (and saving up) for their favorites immediately. Registration and more information about Sabian’s Player’s Choice 2012 can be found on the contest website.