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Three Decades of Supreme Sound for Musical Excellence

In 2019, the renowned cymbal maker Paiste commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of “Signature Alloy” and the creation of the Signature family of cymbals with a series of re-launches, new models, and special editions.

In 1989, Paiste launched the Signature Series, using a bronze alloy specifically created for cymbal sound. The sonic energy of “Signature Alloy” enabled Paiste to create cymbals with previously unknown qualities, featuring rich, full, and expressive sounds, ranging from delicate and sensitive to potent and powerful. Paiste followed up on this fundamental event in the cymbal world with the creation of two additional series using Signature Alloy, the “Signature Traditionals” in 1996 and the “Signature Dark Energy” in 2004.


Collectively, over the past three decades, Signature Cymbals have defined the sound of numerous legendary drummers and have been passionately received by the world-wide drumming community, gathering critical acclaim in the process.

To kick off the celebration in January 2019, Paiste introduces the 19” & 20” Fast Crash, medium bright, warm, silvery crashes with extremely responsive attack and darkly shimmering fast fade. Paiste also re-launches several models. The 16”, 17” & 18” Mellow Crash are warm, low, soft crashes with crisp attack and fast fade.

Designed as an all-purpose ride the 22” Full Ride features a medium bright, full, rich sound with clear, silvery stick definition and broad wash. The 20” Mellow Ride provides a medium dark, rich, sweet sound with defined, mellow stick sound and soft wash. The full, rich, dark and energetic 15” Dark Energy Hats produces a crisp, dark stick sound, rich, shimmering open sound, and fat, robust chick.

Signature Cymbals are made by hand from Signature Alloy using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.

Sturdy Power for Heavy Hitters

2002 cymbals were originally introduced in 1971 to address the sound needs of the revolutionary and rapidly expanding genres in electrif ied rock music. The warm, bright and powerful musical energy of 2002 cymbals has since been fundamental to the sound of countless legendary rock drummers.


Part of the appeal of 2002 cymbals has always been their ability to “cut through the music”, enabling drummers to set musical accents even during heavily amplified situations. With the 2002 Extreme Crash, Paiste Sound Development’s objective was to take that ability to even higher levels. 2002 18”, 19” & 20” Extreme Crash cymbals explode with a bright, cutting attack and resolve into a warm, immense crash sound that dominates even in the very loudest music.

Particular attention was given to the durability of the cymbals through the application of specially developed design and construction principles. 2002 Extreme Crashes are thus ideal for heavy players that need reliable, robust power in extreme volume settings.

The Signature Cymbals, made by hand from Signature Alloy and the 2002 Cymbals are entirely made by hand in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.

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