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Paiste New Signature Dark Energy Cymbals

One of the most radical postulations in the field of astrophysics concerns a mysterious phenomenon astronomers have dubbed dark energy-an antigravity effect Albert Einstein included as a “cosmological constant” in his theory of general relativity, and which has seemingly been causing galaxies to fly away from each other at ever-accelerating speeds. The process by which Paiste Cymbals of Nottwil, Switzerland came to ascribe such astral attributes to their innovative New Signature family of cymbals was coincidental, and far more poetic in nature. “The idea actually comes from the German brillianz in der tiefe, which translates as brilliance in depth-as in low frequencies,” says Erik Paiste, president of Paiste USA. “My uncle Robert [Paiste] has often referred to a cymbal’s simultaneous embodiment of brilliance and depth of character as ‘dark energy.'”

Much as the concept of dark energy confounds our most fundamental notions of the universe, Paiste’s Dark Energy rides transcend our musical expectations of a modern cymbal. The Dark Energy line consists of two families: Mark I and Mark II. The 20-, 21- and 22-inch ride models in each family share certain attributes, synthesizing the projection of the Paiste Rudes, the shimmering brilliance and penetrating attack of the Paiste Signatures and the warm, layered complexity of the Paiste Traditionals, all in one cymbal but each family is uniquely voiced to accommodate different playing styles. Thus the Mark II rides employ a delicate style of lathing on the playing surface, while the Mark I rides employ none at all. Both are unlathed on the bottom, where you may discern a thin, two-inch lip at the edge, where the cymbal rises like a butte, maintaining a uniform thickness all the way up to the bell, which allows for a tightly controlled undertone on the bottom, and a progressively emphasized stick sound as you ascend the cymbal’s profile, culminating in a sweet, tautly focused bell sound that rings but doesn’t linger.

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