Meinl makes several small bags for frame drums, among them a 14"x2,5". They are well padded and sturdy (I have a 14"x4" I use for a piccolo snare).
They have 14" cymbal dividers as well (sold as a pair).
Another Manhattan 7A user here.
When I was 16 or so, my dad came back from a business trip from New York and brought me a pair (they weren´t even availabe in Austria back then). He got them just because he liked the name - "Vater" is the german word for father, and he bought them in Manhattan...
I had a set of Legacys for a while and yes - if it is 20" and has that unlathed strip on the bottom, it´s the ride. And no, it doesn´t say "Ride" on the top, only "20"/50 cm". The crashes are labeled as "Crash", however...
Meinl had a "Custom Shop" line before they came out with the Byzance Series. Lots of different designs and hammering patterns - the handle was "One of a Kind". Mostly B8 but B20 as well. Might be one of these, being in Germany and all...
At 55, I´m still comfortably able to go anywhere I need/want to on my fixed gear road bike although I occasionally give in to the temptation of a freewheel.
So I try to keep the e-bike evil at bay for the fear that I might actually enjoy it too much! :)
I started drumming in 1981 and picked up the then-current copy at the local music store. "Cymbal set-ups of famous drummers", 1980 version apparently.
Boy, did I drool over that book. And the Paiste Profiles #3 (1981) as well. Until my mum threw them away., just like that, never bothered to ask...
Ha - I had one exactly like that eons ago. Same signature, same hammering, same bell shape. Mine was 16" and had a grommet installed so one of a pair or marching/orchestral cymbals. Only stamp I could find was a crescent moon with star.
Bought here in Austria on a flea market almost 40 years...
Anything by Marcin Wasilewski.
Jakob Bro with Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron.
John Scofield with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart.
Antonio Sanchez`s album Three Times Three.
GoGo Penguin and Phronesis are fun, too. Craig Taborn, Colin Vallon... too many to mention.
If you browse the (wonderful) cymbalwiki page - http://www.cymbal.wiki/wiki/Paiste_Featured_Artists - you´ll find that lots of jazz players used 2002s back in the 70s and 80s. The 20" Ride was played, among others, by Airto, Paul Motian, Alphonse Mouzon, Art Blakey... worked for them.
Nothing to do with corrosion or dust. That´s perfectly normal behaviour for new(ish) wire brushes. It gets less the more you play them. Until then, embrace the beausage. Or get nylon brushes, as already mentioned. :)