In praise of paiste alphas☺️

gretschdrummer

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Set of previous generation of alphas

Full ride
Med crash
Thin crash
China
Sound edge hi hats

These pies are much mellower
Than the newer ones which were thicker and brighter for rock In my opinion

Only paiste set I’ve kept
I think they’re more shall I say darker than the 2002 I got rid of as my opinion too heavy bright and metally

Likes
Ride nice wash and huge bell separation

Crashes open up easy

China is dark

Sound edge hats crispy

Price is great
 

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Elvis

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My Sonor kit, replete with my 20" Paiste Alpha Flat Ride.....



Really nice sounding cymbal, but its no Flat Ride.
I call it "The-Anti-Flat-Ride Flat Ride". =)

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It should be very dry, almost "dead" sounding, with a dry ping.
Very "introverted" cymbal to listen to.
Not too heavy and the cymbal still has a bow to it, but there is no bell, thus its a "Flat" ride.
Invented by Paiste around 1967....


...even better...



Elvis
 
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I had an Alpha several years back and didn't care for it. I've since gotten very much into Paiste though so my ears may appreciate them more now.
I noticed Dale Crover playing one recently in a video, wondering what model.
 

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