Background: The Dixie was introduced sometime in the latter part of the 1950s as a lower-priced NS12 series below the Stambul.
The Standard and Zilko Standard could be the predecessor to the Dixie (pre 1958). Production of the Dixie in Switzerland seems to have started in late 1958 and the line makes its first appearance in the 1959 Paiste (Swiss) Catalog.
According to Paiste's production timeline, the Dixie started in Germany in 1954 but recent discoveries seem to refute this beyond a shadow of a doubt.
At some point post-1966 (probably around or closer to 1971), the Dixies were upgraded to the new B8 alloy.
Research shows that Paiste Nottwil put serial numbers on the lower lines in 1972 and 1973 (at least some of the time) and then stopped this practice in very early 1974.
Dixie was one of the Paiste lines distributed in Japan by Pearl (see logo on the right). These cymbals have a different emboss that includes the Pearl logo.
Arbiter Zilkos were most likely rebranded NS12 Dixies based on time frame and available sizes.
The Dixie was also imported into Italy by Sisme with an added red ink stamp and High Performance included in the emboss logo.
Leftover Dixie embossed stock were hand stamped and sold off as 404s when Paiste changed up its mid-level B8 lines from Dixie and Stambul to 404 and 505 in 1978.
Alloy: NS12-Nickel Silver ('58- '66/'71) - CuSn8 (Also known as "2002 Bronze") ('66/'71-'78)
Quality: Entry-level series
Applications: Dixie cymbals are made with the usual Paiste precision and care. This line offers excellent sound and response. Ideal for the beginner or student, who wants a quality product without a big investment.
Sound: B8 Dixies were similar in construction, sound and quality to the later 404's that replaced them in 1978.
Lineup as per 1959 Paiste Catalog and circa 1966 Paiste Catalog (First generation NS12 Dixies) These first gen. NS12 Dixies were listed and inked stamped as being of a "standard" weight:
Jazz, Hi Hats and Marching
Lineup as per July, 1970 Paiste Price Sheet and 1974 Paiste Catalog (Second generation NS12 and B8 Dixies):
Lineup as per 1976 Paiste Catalog (this applies to late period Germany-made B8 Dixies only - Swiss factory carried on with second listing of sizes and types):
(**)The above lineup probably started in 1975 and runs until the end of production and replacement by 404. It is unclear whether the smaller sizes that were formerly exclusive to the Medium Thin designation (10" - 16"), now discontinued, were made heavier to better "qualify" as Crash Rides or whether they stayed the same weight and were just stamped differently in an effort to simplify things as production wound down. German Dixies from 1975 on got black type stamp ink instead of the earlier red.
Information from: Paiste catalogs Todd Little, Dan Garza
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