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Paiste Signature Silver Mellow Ride and Full Crash

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Paiste’s Traditional and New Signature lines of premium cymbals employ the company’s proprietary Signature cast bronze alloy and a variety of hand-hammering, machine assisted hand-hammering and machine-hammering techniques to approximate the dark tonalities and complex harmonic structure of its randomly hammered Turkish K line. As such, their appeal for jazz drummers is analogous to cymbals in Zildjian’s K Constantinople and K Custom lines as well as Sabian’s HH and HHX models. Likewise, by employing a higher shape and a more uniform, symmetrical style of hammering and lathing techniques in its premium Signature line, Paiste strives for the kind of glassy shimmer, brilliant projection, quick, bouncy feel and even tonal response that drummers would expect to find in correspondingly configured instruments from the A Zildjian and Sabian AA lines (which are primarily machine-hammered).

However, while certain Signature models-such as the Dark Crisp hi-hats and the Full crash, Mellow crash and Fast crash cymbals-have attracted a growing following among jazz musicians, the Ride cymbals in Paiste’s Signature series seem maximized for amplified applications. Still, those jazz drummers with a taste for the classic A Zildjian sound of the 1950s (or Paiste’s own Formula 602 cymbals of the 1960s and ’70s) should take note of two exciting new additions to the Paiste Signature family that have by and large been overlooked in the excitement over the roll-out of the company’s New Signature/Dark Energy series.

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