Paiste Traditionals

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Introduction: 1996

Background: Paiste has undertaken a remarkable historical research project aimed at accurately re-creating the "lost" cymbal sounds of the 40's-50's-60's era, the Golden Age of Blues, Jazz, Big Band, and Be-Bop.
Researched in loving detail and tested by drummers noted for their historical expertise, the new "Traditional" collection - four models of Rides, as well as Hi-Hat, Splash, China, Crash and Swish cymbals - makes the rich sounds of history, from sizzling Big Band swing and Jazz to the smoky intensity of Bop and Blues available today.
Unlike the fragile vintage instruments from those times, the new "Traditional" cymbals offer the unique range, versatility of expression, and reliable durability offered by Paiste's patented "Sound Alloy", the state-of-the-art bronze compound from which they are crafted. These new instruments will especially delight collectors, connoisseurs and lovers of traditional cymbal sound.
The "bare" visual aesthetic of the Paiste "Traditional" models is another commitment to authenticity, recreating the simple, unadorned profile of cymbals from bygone eras. A small concession to modern times, the size and model of each particular cymbal is subtly silk-screened underneath the bell.

Forged from a proprietary bronze developed specifically for cymbals, handcrafted from start to finish by highly skilled Swiss craftsmen, conceived and executed according to uncompromising sound concepts, Signature Cymbals are instruments of unsurpassed quality for the discerning drummer’s quest for personal creativity and musical excellence. (1)
Innovation: First cymbal series to be researched and newly developed to achieve authentic historical, dark, oriental and rich sounds

Alloy: Patented Signature Bronze

Quality: Professional

Production: Manual craftsmanship • Hand hammering, hand lathing • Proprietary manufacturing methods.

Applications: Soft to medium loud settings • Live and recording • Classic to modern Jazz, Blues, Swing, Big Band, Country, Funk, Reggae, R&B and Soul as well as Pop and moderate Rock • Also excellently suited for acoustic and vocal-oriented music and percussive playing with sticks, mallets, or hands • Very well suited for classical applications and swelling accents

Users: Professional musicians, sound enthusiasts, inspired professional drummers, refined musicians that need a fully developed and well balanced character in their cymbals.

Sound: Dark, multi-layered, warm, crisp and rich with special emphasis on control, projection, balance and comfort for supreme playing feel.
Dark, broad, complex, warm, smoky, oriental and sparkling with special emphasis on volume control, dynamics and stick feel




Chinas (& Swishes)

Splashes (& Bells)

Information from:

  1. 1998

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