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As en.beatit.tv viewers know, we have received a parcel from the official Polish Premier and Sabian distributor – the Music Info company. It contained a Premier Genista GM20-25, our test of which you can see HERE. Now, it is time for Sabian Artisan Light cymbals. We started with a 14-inch hi hat. Now, it is time for a ride cymbal from this family.

To hit on those drums, we invited a representative of the new generation of very promising Polish drummers, Mateusz Brzostowski. He is a graduate of the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław, Poland. He collaborates or has collaborated with the likes of Liber, Kasia Wilk, Dominika Barabas, Mieczysław Szcześniak, donGuralesko, Mezo or Natalia Niemen. As a Sabian user and lover and a great drummer, Mateusz turned out to be the right person to perform out test.

20" Sabian Artisan Light Ride en.beatit.tv

20″ Sabian Artisan Light Ride

1. The test

The test was carried out in our own recording facility. Apart from the 20″ Sabian Artisan Light Ride, Mateusz Brzostowski used a hi hat and crashes from the same family, as well as a Premier Genista GM20-25 and a Premier Modern Classic 14″x5,5″ snare drum.

2. Basic specification of the cymbal tested here:

  • Company: Sabian
  • Series: Artisan
  • Version: Light
  • Cymbal type: Ride
  • Cymbal size: 20″
  • Finish: Natural or brilliant
  • Hand-made
  • Material: B20 bronze
  • Character: warm, dark, traditional
  • Weight: Thin.

3. Product and sound

Sabian Artisan are beautiful cymbals. Natural or brilliant finish, they look magnificent. Closely spaced hammering marks only enhance that impression. Simply, a fine example of applied arts. The manufacturer claims they are made by the best artisans there are, and the cymbals look exactly like that. Their sound would also confirm this statement. Sabian Artisans fall into the very trendy pattern of dark and warm sound characteristics accompanied by richness of partial tones, as well as great projection and fast response. Kind of a vintage approach to sound blended with meeting contemporary expectations. That’s exactly the 20″ Sabian Artisan Light Ride tested here is like – body explosion, wash and decay sounds very warm, rather dark, sandy, and with projecting stick definition. The bell doesn’t sound overwhelming, it is very nice to listen to and its volume is balanced with the body of the cymbal. Crashing poses no problems and the sound leaves nothing to be desired when doing so.

4. Summary

We think we should let Mateusz Brzostowski himself sum up the whole experience: “The 20″ Sabian Artisan Light Ride has a very broad frequency band. Whether you need some high frequencies or a sandy, desert sound, you will get it all out from this cymbal. It is also characterized by very balanced volume of its individual zones at all levels of dynamics. I fell in love at first sight with it because of the versatility it gives.

Producer: https://www.sabian.com/en/home

Distributor in Poland: http://www.musicinfo.pl/




  • Excellently crafted
  • Magnificent look
  • Dark and traditional body sound with projecting stick definition, warm bell sound
  • Stylistic versatility


  • None

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 20″ Sabian Artisan Light Ride to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Mateusz Brzostowski !