I just snagged a 19 masters dark from a fellow member. Hopefully this will lead me down the right path. Loving the stuff I'm seeing from Paiste for this particular sound profile.These are also amazing sounding crashes. Can crash them easily with your hand. I have a 19”.
I love the whole Xist line.I was in Revival Drum Shop in Portland a while back looking for a used 19” ish crash. The guy there recommend I try the new Istanbul Xist 17” crash. I almost passed. It is one of their more entry level lines and I wasn’t looking for new. The price was similar to buying used and the was wonderful. Pretty clear with a nice quick wash but not too brash. Can even do some light riding on it. It is one of those cymbals that the more I play it the more I like it.
A whole new world of shimmer and shine will open up for you when you receive your Paistes.This is what I'm currently using at home. I have a bunch more cymbals scattered with friends and at my buddies studio. The far right is the Bos Turk Ozone. Love the Agop sigs!! The Origin Dark stuff is the most musical group of cymbals I own. Lifetime cymbals for me. View attachment 536725
I'll second the 602 thins and paper thins for clean and easy to open. I played the 20" paper thin at NAMM and it was super responsive and just beautiful in every way. Nothing clangy about it whatsoever.Don't forget about the 602 classic thin and super thin crashes too. I have 2 vintage 20" thin crashes, one a pre-serial and one a 1974 and they are both exactly what you are looking for. They open up with a finger tap, either slow and swelling or quick and instant, depending on the stroke. I also own a 18" Sig Full and yes, it is a gorgeous cymbal. Although I have never played a 602 18" thin, judging by the 20's I would guess that the 602's will open up quicker and be a little less bright. Also the Dark Energy crashes - oh man, those are Sig Fulls with a darker side, but definitely not turkish dark.............. rather Paiste dark.
Good call! That's perfect! The paper thin that is. Thank you everybody. I'll either have a new set of clean cymbals to use or a bunch of reselling to do hahaha. I'm optimistic but blind (or deaf really) cymbal buys are a gamble at best. Luckily Paiste seems to do a good job retaining their value. It doesn't take long to tell if a cymbal is for me or not, so any cymbals that might get culled won't have much playing time at all.I'll second the 602 thins and paper thins for clean and easy to open. I played the 20" paper thin at NAMM and it was super responsive and just beautiful in every way. Nothing clangy about it whatsoever.