Discontinued:1973 (last listed in the '73 Ludwig catalog)
The Stanople was a low-priced cymbal ideal for the beginner or student drummer that was eventually (or perhaps always) carried by Ludwig as a cheaper alternative to the Ludwig Standard (Stambul). It is known from a Robert Paiste interview that the Stanople was a rebranded NS12 Dixie sold to Ludwig for North American distribution.
It would seem Paiste did not list cymbals falling into this category (Ludwig Standard, Zilket, etc.) in its own catalogs.
The timeline has the cymbal as being made of NS12 for the entirety of its existence, but it looks like the late period cymbals might have been made of B8 (see pics below) post 1970.
The first appearance of the Stanople in print finally comes in the 1967 Ludwig catalog (which was actually printed in the Summer of 1966) where it is listed as a "new, economy line of quality cymbals."
This is an interesting bit of wording, does this simply mean the line was new for Ludwig or is the Stanople not as old as Paiste makes it out to be? It would seem the best answer is the former, but that begs another question.
Actual production of the Stanople is said to have ended around 1970 when Ludwig dropped Paiste as a supplier without warning. The line was however, offered in the Ludwig catalogs until 1973, most likely leftover stock.
It doesn't appear that the Stanople ever had the Ludwig name as part of its emboss logo. It was seemingly always embossed as a Paiste with an accompanying made in Germany or Made in Switzerland.
Stanoples made after 1970 will have the red ink "type" stamp at 3:00 and a black ink Paiste logo stamp near the bell at 12:00.
Research points towards 1971 being the year that Paiste switched up the alloys on the lower lines from NS12 to B8 (most likely to go along with the release of 2002 so they could buy B8 in bulk).
Quality: Budget, student, entry level
Production: Fully hammered and lathed, same process as contemporary Stambul from that time.
Applications: Ideal for the beginner or student and are particularly useful in a grade school band.
- UFIP also made a line of cymbals called "Stanople" during the same time period, thier logo is completely different and has "made in Italy" stamped on the bottom of the cymbal (see picture to the right).