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Paiste introduces new Cymbal line at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show

IndiePulse Music Magazine has in depth info for our Drummer / Percussionist readers that want the latest tech for the trade, and Paiste has once again developed game changers for rich and diverse soundscapes.


The principle of Paiste Cymbal’s business is to continually create new sound with cymbals, gongs, and bronze percussion instruments according to the creative needs of drummers and percussionists.

The foundation of this search for musical sound is the successful combination of the musician’s creative imagination of musicians and the inventive spirit of the musical instrument maker. The spark that continually invigorates this search is music itself, in all its beauty, complexity, and seemingly never-ending capacity for new ways of expression.

The secrets in creating sounds are life-long experience, a deep knowledge about sound and sounding alloys, painstaking craftsmanship, and intensive experimentation. Paiste never gets accidental results. Paiste meticulously research and guarantee consistency in sound qualities and sound color in every cymbal, percussive sound and gong we offer. Through these virtues we can offer a full range of unique and specific sounds, which respond to the musician’s personal wishes. Paiste provides you with ever-new sound dimensions, new possibilities to expand your sound spectrum and to creatively develop your individual musical expression. This helps you realize your musical dreams.


Paiste Cymbals are State-Of-The-Art

The Paiste Cymbal program always reflects the current state of music. Music is incredibly diverse and changes constantly. Today’s music mixes and matches styles; it borrows freely from historical periods; it is being enriched by ethnic and traditional genres; it continues to integrate worldwide music styles. Players no longer limit themselves within a certain style.

Experimentation, integration and revolution are the norm. The art of percussion has evolved to a point where technical and musical ability has reached unprecedented levels. Drummers and percussionists speak many musical languages and actively perform in several genres.

Let’s take a closer look at the incredible new and richly diverse line of new Cymbals for this year.


Musical Noise


Paiste announces the launch of the PSTX models 10″/8″ and 12″/10″ Splash Stacks as well as the 20″ Swiss Medium Crash.  Small, sharp and nasty: the 10″/8″ and 12″/10″ Splash Stacks enrich the sound arsenal for drummers and percussionists with short, biting accents. Splash Stacks consist of brass tops and 2002 bronze bottoms.  The tops feature the characteristic PSTX style hole pattern of varying diameters that cause the trashy sound character. The 2” smaller bottom cymbals feature an inverted bell and the contact area between the two cymbals is minimal.  Due to their dry, crisp sound, fast rhythmic patterns and fill-ins on Splash Stacks deliver definite elements of surprise. Splash Stacks also function well as a noisy X-Hat. The 20″ PSTX Swiss Medium Crash complements the PSTX series with an exotic trashy crash of medium weight for more volume and added attack.

PSTX are made in Switzerland from a variety of copper alloys and aluminum using a combination of modern, innovative methods and traditional hand craftsmanship that has remained unchanged in over half a century.


The Master’s Series

Dry To The Max


Masters models Dry Ride & Extra Dry Ride; these new models fulfill the desire of many drummers for ride cymbals with absolute control that preserve full musical sound and harmonic atmosphere.

The 20″, 21″ and 22″ Dry Rides are easily controlled cymbals with short harmonic decay that always stays articulated even with delicate, fast figures. The rapidly responsive stick sound is supported by a dry, dark, warm wash. The matted shimmer of the darkish surface suitably expresses the charismatic sound of these cymbals with a corresponding look. The 20″, 21″ and 22″ Extra Dry Rides take it to another level: their overall sound is even drier and propels the stick sound further into the foreground. A much reduced yet even decay still exudes undiminished warmth and musicality. Extra Dry Rides thus incomparably combine a stimulating earthy character with immense precision and control.

The Masters series is an exquisite collection of laboriously hand-crafted cymbals made of CuSn20 bronze to achieve superior sound ideals in various musical genres. Masters are made by hand from CuSn20 bronze.

The Gentle Masters


In addition to the launch of the Masters Dry Ride & Extra Dry Ride, Paiste also launch the Masters Extra Thin & Dark Splash models, plus the Dark Crash Ride in the new 22″ size.

Physically and acoustically, the 18″, 19″ and 20″ Extra Thins are characterized by particular subtlety. Inspired by iconic studio master Jim Kilter’s ideas for sound and function, Paiste’s Sound Development created a warm, soft crash that unobtrusively and discreetly embeds itself in soft musical situations. Moreover, the swift decay supports even delicate ride playing. The Extra Thin models feel incomparably “soft”. Their sensitive response allows hand playing and wonderful crescendos with mallets. The 8″ and 10″ Dark Splashes exude a subtle whooshing effect sound with a round, even decay. They suitably complement eponymous Masters series models with their dark character, soft feel and quick response and otherwise work equally well for setups that call for light to moderate accents.

With the 22″ Dark Crash Ride Paiste adds a larger alternative to the popular 20” model. It features the same buttery feel, yet features an even deeper, darker wash that still allows the delicate stick sound to prevail with enough definition. The crash sound is rather forceful and mysterious, with complex layers.

The Masters series is an exquisite collection of laboriously hand-crafted cymbals made of CuSn20 bronze to achieve superior sound ideals in various musical genres.

Want to Upgrade Your Box?


Paiste has now launched the PSTX Cajon & Cajon Hats models. With the new PSTX series Cajon cymbals, the popular crate drum, “Cajón”, transforms into a complete drum kit. PSTX Cajon cymbals were developed to match the typical sound characteristics of the Cajón, and are well playable with hands, rods, brushes or light sticks.

Due to a thin top, PSTX 12″ Cajon Hats respond rapidly and accentuate each beat with a bright, dry sound and clear definition. The heavy bottom cymbal yields a crisp, clear chick. This Hi-hat not only satisfies the needs of Cajón players and percussionists, but also works for drummers as an auxiliary Hi-hat. The PSTX 16″ Cajon is a multifunctional cymbal that reveals its strengths particularly with accents, as it responds quickly with an explosive, somewhat dirty crash sound that fades swiftly.  The inner area of the surface features the characteristic PSTX style “hole pattern” of varying diameters, while the outer area does not, to ensure comfortable hand playing and to facilitate soft ride patterns with brushes or rods.


As you can see from this coverage, the new lines are, as said Game Changers, making this 2018 NAMM event the Launchpad for many new ways for the Drummers and percussionists that desire superior sound quality to be a requirement in what they play. We will be covering this year’s NAMM and will bring you our Sound-Check Test from the Anaheim Convention Center this coming week.

More on these and other Paiste Products can be found online at the following:

NOTE: The Videos provided in this article were taken from the Paiste YouTube Page; these are established videos of the existing product lines and may or may not include the new products listed in article.



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