Paiste is set to unveil a wide array of new cymbal lines
The launch of the 2002 Black Big Beat range coincides with the 40th anniversary of the brand’s 2002 series. Big Beat cymbals are available in 18″, 19″, 20″, 21″, 22″ and 24″ singles, and 15″ and 16″ pairs. Visually, the cymbals feature a new hammering pattern for the 2002 family, a slightly darkened, semi-matted finish and simplified black logos.
The individual cymbals are designed to be multifunctional and work well across the range as both crashes and rides.
Elsewhere, the Formula 602 Modern Essentials gains a 22″ Crash and a 24″ Ride. Modern Essentials cymbals were developed in collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta, based on the Formula 602. The new models were designed in response to Colaiuta’s desire for maximum depth, volume and power.
Meanwhile, the 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat is now available as a 17″. The new 17″ version is designed to add optimised boost, low-end and crisp projection.
In addition, the Giant Beat in 26″ aims to deliver a ‘clear and powerful stick sound, a pearly wooden ping, a deep wash, a swelling crash and a strong and articulate bell’.
Responding to popular demand from drummers and retailers, Paiste is making the Formula 602 Modern Essentials Crash, the Masters Dark Crash, and the PST 7 Crash & Thin Crash models available in 17″ and 19″ sizes. The new odd-sized models are engineered to offer Paiste fans an improved selection for finer gradation in the selection of crash cymbals.
Paiste is also introducing the new Signature 22″ Dry Heavy Ride Monad. The Monad 22″ Dry Heavy Ride was created in collaboration with Tool drummer Danny Carey, who, says the firm, is known for his infusion of geometry, science and metaphysics into the art of drumming. The newly developed model is based on the traditional Signature Dry Heavy Ride, which has been Carey’s main Ride cymbal since the 1990s. In this reincarnation, the model is coated in translucent purple, using Paiste’s proprietary ColorSound process, and features a lathed bell, using the unique Reflector finish.
Adding to the firm’s Signature line-up is the Vir2osity 20″ Duo Ride, created in collaboration with Carl Palmer, the sticksman behind prog rock supergroup ELP. The newly developed model is loosely based on the original Signature Dry Dark Ride, with its characteristic, pronounced hammer marks on an earthy dark surface – the result of intense heat treatment. The outer perimeter and the bell of the cymbal are then lathed using the Reflector finish.
The Vir2osity 20″ Duo Ride is designed to execute Palmer’s exclusive ideas for a variable ride cymbal with distinct playing zones. The label Vir2osity and a rendition of Carl’s personal emblem have been placed on the cymbal.
Furthermore, Paise introduces the Signature Groove 24″ Swish Ride, which was created in collaboration with drummer John JR Robinson, who began his career via appearances with Chaka Khan’s Rufus and the Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson project Off the Wall in the late 1970s, before becoming one of the most recorded session and studio drummers in history.
The newly developed model was conceived by Robinson as a complimentary ride cymbal to his Masters 24″ Deep Ride. It is based on a variation of the traditional Chinese style cymbal shape commonly referred to as ‘Swish’, and executed utilising 2002 Alloy The label Signature Groove and the musical notation of the famous JR drum intro to Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock with You’ have been placed on the cymbal.
Lastly, the firm launches the Masters 20″ Mellow Ride Blue Bird, created in collaboration with André ‘Dédé’ Ceccarelli, the French jazz drummer whose over half century career has won him numerous collaborations with top international acts in Jazz and beyond.
The Blue Bird 20″ Mellow Ride is a medium light cymbal with a ‘distinctly sweet character and a fine, buttery feel’. The label Blue Bird and a graphical rendition of the label supplied by Ceccarelli have been placed on the cymbal.