- Jan 20, 2010
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I’m quite intrigued by these particular hats.
Little known fact, Bonham used and recorded with 15" 602 sound edges on more albums that 2002 sound edges!I never played the 15" size, but have lots of experience with the 14" and a little with the 13" (wish they'd bring the 13" size back). Paiste mentioned in their 1979 catalog that the 602 sound edge hats in general were not meant for heavy players. But many heavy hitters used them anyway and the result were a lot of cracked top cymbals. Like james_c_marks revealed above, some drummers like to put a heavier cymbal over the sound edge bottom which takes away a bit of worry of damaging the cymbals and they still sound great.
I love the sound of all the sizes, but the "classic" 14" is my personal favorite. These really are great with a softer touch. They're actually somewhat similar to the 2002 sound (some may disagree) except that the 602 has a narrower frequency range, less of a chick sound, and lower volume.
The 602 15" size can be heard on a lot of Pink Floyd of the 1970s and Rolling Stones of the 70s too, if the Paiste Profiles books are to be believed. I think they're some of the finest hats ever made.
After befriending George Fludas, my eyes were opened and my world was rocked!About 20 years ago I was playing in a Deep Purple Tribute Band. I wanted the 15 inch 2002 sound edge and went to a vintage drum fair. I couldn't find the 2002s and 'only' found some vintage 602 15 inch sound egde Hi Hats. Very soon, my disappointment changed when I realized that 602 are (at least for me) much better than 2002s (which I got in the meantime). Point is, that 602s fitted to all other bands I played much better. They are much more versatile.
The only thing missing is this 'high end volume' (compared to 2002), and there is the danger to damage the top hat, which I did (but got it repaired as well).
Since then and until today this is my most played hi hat that I use for nearly everything. They record very well, too.
This 'Bonham fact' just mentioned by type85, I learned much later, but if you know it, you can hear it (as well as his Giant Beat Ride cymbals).
Paiste is using a new B20 supplier since the old one had tons of financial problems in the late 80's/early 90's, they stopped producing B20 around 1993/4, this is why the 602 and Sound creations were discontinued (that and low sales compared to the new Signature series).I got a an old set f 15" 602
SE hats and they very quickly became my go to hats, i also have a set of BL 2oo2 15 SE hats and prefer the 602s
way more. the 2oo2s cut better in higher volume situations but the 602s are sooooo smooth in comparison nearly making the 2oo2s sound harsh in comparison. I ebayed hem in 2018 and got $1200 !! and regretted letting them go,so i wasreally happy when Paiste reissued the 602s and the 15 SE hats were in the deal... I wonder how they stack up against the vintage 602s