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nickrobotron's Paiste setups. (Do you play Paiste?)

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After using my Paiste 2002 Red Label cymbals for recording only, I took them out last Saturday night to gig with them for the very first time. I am going to be using these for my next few gigs:

Paiste 2002 14 medium hihats

Paiste 2002 20 ride

Paiste 2002 16, 18, 20 crash
 

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Currently set up on my Ludwig 13/16/22 kit-

15" 2002 SE HH
18" 2002 Medium
22" 2002 Ride
20" 2002 Medium

When I gigged on the Ludwiig kit I usually played my 18" & 19" Signature Full Crashes and a 20" A. Zildjian Ride (didn't have the 22" 2002 and my other Paiste rides are a bit over the top).

With my Pearl Masters Custom Kit in 10/12/14/16/22-

15" 2002 SE HiH
17" 2002 Crash
18" 2002 Medium or 19" Sig. Full Crash
10" Sig. Splash
19" 2002 Crash
20" Dimensions Power Bell Ride
20" 2002 Medium
18" Sig Heavy China

I also have a 24" 2002 Ride and 13" 2002 SE Hats, but never gigged on them.
 

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Since my first post, I've made 2 changes. I replaced the 18" Masters Dark with the 18" 602 Thin Crash. And I replaced the vintage riveted 20" 602 Thin Crash with a 20" 602 Modern Essentials Crash.

I'm pretty stoked about this set up right now. It's a classic sound. Sweet and beautiful, chimey cymbal sounds with just a trace of complexity laying in the wash. I've moved away from trashy and thin, probably forever. I want this set up to become My Sound, if you know what I mean. It's time to start living with cymbals instead of cycling through them. I'm even tempted to sell off my Giant Beats. Anyway, here's a shot of them:

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Though I used to use my own cymbals, I currently use the cymbals and drums that are owned by the church I play at. I had the luxury of getting the cymbals for the church, but went with other brands. When I used my own cymbals, I would mostly use the following...


2oo2 13" and 14" Medium Hi-hat
2oo2 13" and 14" Sound Edge Hi-Hat
602 14" Sound Edge Hi-hat

Sound Formula 14" Crystal Crash
Signature 14" Fast Crash
2oo2 16" Thin Crash

602 20" Medium Ride
2000 20" Ride
2oo2 18" Ride

If I were using my own cymbals again or was playing out somewhere and had to pick a setup now...

14" 2oo2 Medium Hi hat
16" 2oo2 Thin Crash
14" Signature Fast Crash
20" 2000 Ride

These have a versatile feel, sound and volume that fits me just right.
 

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Missed this thread the first time around, so here goes:

1 (Sig. Traditionals):
14" Medium Light HH
20" Light Ride
22" Medium Light Ride

2:
15" Giant Beat HH
18" Giant Beat
20" Big Beat

3:
14" Sig. Dark Crisp HH
18" Twenty Crash
20" Sig. Dark Energy Mark I Ride

Love all of them and could use any one for pretty much anything I play (jazz and other predominantly acoustic music). Been using the Trads a lot lately.
Got a couple more to add or change out, among them PSTX Swiss Thin Crashes (marvellous!), 16" and 17" Twenty Crashes, an 18" 2002 Flat Ride and a 20" Sig. Rough Ride. Paistes are soo addictive...
 

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I've settled in on a sweet Paiste rig that I think will stick at least a while.

17" Trad Thin crash over 17" DE Mk1 crash for hi-hats (the Steve Jordan hats)

20" Masters Thin with 2 rivets

24" Masters Thin

22" Masters Swish

I've come to love the Masters Thin cymbals as perhaps my favorite Paiste cymbals ever. Perfect blend of everything I'm looking for. Lush, quiet, articulate enough, dark and low-pitched.

I'm gonna add a 22" Masters Thin to this rig and then be done with it. The 24" is a little too much for small, indoor venues.
 

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I've settled in on a sweet Paiste rig that I think will stick at least a while.

17" Trad Thin crash over 17" DE Mk1 crash for hi-hats (the Steve Jordan hats)

20" Masters Thin with 2 rivets

24" Masters Thin

22" Masters Swish

I've come to love the Masters Thin cymbals as perhaps my favorite Paiste cymbals ever. Perfect blend of everything I'm looking for. Lush, quiet, articulate enough, dark and low-pitched.

I'm gonna add a 22" Masters Thin to this rig and then be done with it. The 24" is a little too much for small, indoor venues.
that's a killer set up. I mean, bad azz. truly..
 

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I've amassed a bit of a Paiste collection myself through shed findings and trading around. My current setup is this:

- 18" 602 pre-serial Ride cymbal I use as a crash
- 20" black label 2002 crash
- 22" black label reissue 2002 ride

The hats I interchange depending on the song. I have:
- 15" Paiste Ludwig standard hats from the early 1960's
- 14" Black label 2002 sound edge hats

I really would like to experiment more with the Forumla 602's and Giant Beats, as I've always absolutely loved how they sounded when I've tried them out. My 22" ride is an absolutely fantastic sounding cymbal, and the 18" 602 ride functions really well as a crash/ride at 1652g. I really am not the biggest fan of my 14" SE hats, but that's just because I'm not a big fan of 14" hats in general. I would really love to get my hands on a set of 15" Sound Edge 2002s or 602s (if you have a set and would be willing to trade for my 14" hats... you know where the PM button is!).

Paiste cymbals are absolutely addicting to play, and I have not found a better brand of cymbals that goes with my Rogers drums collection as well as Paistes. Those two are a match made in heaven!

PS: All of the pictures are in pretty poor lighting, my apologies! Also, the picture with the silver sparkle drums have 60's Zildjian A's for hats :twisted:
 

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Ha! Good catch! It is a 20", for sure. With this many cymbals, plus a set of Mehmet nostalgias I forgot to mention, it is hard to keep track sometimes. Multiple cymbal bags and a store type cymbal display tree and I still forget what all I have sometimes! Edit in the works.

The Bluebird is a great cymbal I got in a trade for some Mehmet hats. Now my problem is my cymbal OCD is telling me I need to build a set around it from the Masters line! Oh no, here we go again!




I noticed it because I've got this infatuation with 21" cymbals and wish the Blue Bird came in a 21" size. And I know what you mean about feeling the pull to build a set from the Masters line to go with it. I'm resisting.
There is a gorgeous 21 inch ride crash 3000, but they will only sell the entire drum set
 

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8" Signature Splash*
10" Signature Splash
14" Masters Dark Hats
14" 2002 Prototype Heavy Hats
16" 2002 Thin Crash over 16" Signature Power Crash as hi-hats*
17" 2002 Thin Crash
18" 2002 Thin Crash
18" 2002 Black Big Beat*
18" PSTX Swiss Crash Medium
20" 2002 Medium
20" Sound Creation Dark Ride
20" 2002 Prototype Ride
19" Twenty Light Ride
20" Giant Beat*
20" Masters Dark Crash/Ride
22" Masters Dark Crisp Ride*
22" 400 Ride*

*main setup
 

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I'm engineering something the world has never seen before, even one of the drums is Paiste
 

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I converted this year with a full size range of Big Beats. They are beautiful sounding cymbals and my Meinls haven’t been played since.
 

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All mine are Paiste 3000's

14 thin crash
15 thin crash
18 thin crash
19 power crash
20 power crash
20 crash
20 heavy ride
22 power ride
14 medium hats
14 SE hats
15 SE hats
22 China
LOVE me some 3000s!! 20" Flatride is outstanding, 14 Medium HiHats as well. 22 Power Ride a beast. One of my favorite HiHat combos is the 17" Thin Crash over the regular 17" crash.
Keep on rockin' ,
 

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LOVE me some 3000s!! 20" Flatride is outstanding, 14 Medium HiHats as well. 22 Power Ride a beast. One of my favorite HiHat combos is the 17" Thin Crash over the regular 17" crash.
Keep on rockin' ,
3000 17" thin crash was the jaw dropper for me. Had a 16" thin Sound Formula back in the day and it disappeared sonically when playing w accompaniment, but the 17" 3000 is huge when it comes to sonic display.
I knew I was looking for 18" medium, 18" Rude 3000 crash/ride and 19 power crash for my biguns'- the 17" cuts em all. I did choose 19" 2002 power crash over my 19" 3000 PC. But, the 2002 only has a projection voice, I can find a place to hit it soft. The 3000 you can strike softly and appreciate.
 

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I love some of the Paiste's.
They can be bright, dark, organic, and downright slamming.
Lots of voices ... and most all are very pleasant.
There are a few that I won't let go of ... ... ...
However ...

My Paiste's seem to enter the home, get comfortable, put their feet up on the table, and then are asked to leave.
They just don't hang around long enough to earn nicknames.
A lot of the Paiste cymbals I have today will most likely be replaced by others within a year or two.
But ... here's the current Paiste cymbals in my studio.

14 Paiste Twenty Light Hats
22 Paiste Twenty Light Ride

19 Paiste Signature Dark Energy Crash
18 Paiste Signature Dark Energy Crash
17 Paiste Signature Dark Energy Crash
15 Paiste Signature Dark Energy Crash

20 Paiste Signature Fast Crash
20 Paiste Signature Traditional Thin Crash

15 Paiste Giant Beat Hats
22 Paiste Giant Beat Multi-functional
20 Paiste Giant Beat Thin Crash
19 Paiste Giant Beat Multi-functional
18 Paiste Giant Beat Multi-functional

15 Paiste Masters Dark Hats
22 Paiste Masters Dark Ride
20 Paiste Masters Prototype Crash/Ride
20 Paiste Masters Dark Crash
19 Paiste Masters Dark Crash
18 Paiste Masters Dark Crash
17 Paiste Masters Dark Crash
16 Paiste Masters Dark Crash
10 Paiste Masters Dark Splash

15 Paiste Formula 602 Medium Hats
15 Paiste Formula 602 S.E. Bottom Hat

20 Paiste PSTX Swiss Medium
16 Paiste PSTX Swiss Thin
 

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Paiste since 1984.

Current ones in the stable-

8” 2002 black label bell
11” 2002 black label splash

13” pre-serial 602 hats
13” Twenty prototype hats
14” 2002 black label SE hats
15” 2002 red label SE hats

16” Traditional thin crash
17” 2002 red label crash
18” Traditional thin crash
18” 2002 black label Medium
19” 2002 red label crash
20” 2002 red label Medium
20” 2002 black label Medium

18” 505 black label ride
20” 2002 black label flat ride
22” 2002 black label ride
24” 2002 red label ride

18” 2002 red label Novo china
20” 2002 black label china

I vary setups a little here and there but playing out I generally run 2 crashes, ride, and hats.

I’d sell or trade all my red label stuff. ;-)
 

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1. Loud Set!
16” Big Beat HH
18” Big Beat
10” 2002 Splash
24” Big Beat
20” Big Beat.
24” 2002 JR Swish.

Regular Set.
16” Giant Beat HH
18” Giant Beat Thin
8” 602 ME Splash
24” Giant Beat Multi.
20” Giant Beat Thin.
22” 602 ME China.

Small Club Set.
15” Signature Dark Energy HH
18” Masters Dark Crash./ 18” Signature Full Crash.
10” Masters Dark Splash.
24” Masters Deep Ride.
20” Masters Dark Crash./ 20” Signature Full Crash.
22” Masters Swish.
Extras-
20” Masters Thin.
22” Masters Thin.
15” Masters Dark HH
10” Rude Splash.
17” Signature Full Crash.
12” Twenty China
18” 602 ME China
18” Signature Thin China.
13” 602 Heavy Bell.
10” Signature Splash.
19” Giant Beat.
 

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Long time B20 player here, who made the switch to Paiste a few years ago.

My usual setup is.

16” Big Beat HH
20” Big Beat
10” 2002 Splash
24” Giant Beat
22” Big Beat

Depending on the situation I may swap out the 24” Giant Beat for a 24” Big Beat, and sometimes I’ll use an 18” and 20” Big Beat crashes in place of the 20” and 22”
 

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OK, here goes.
2002 4",6"& 8"(×2) accents canopied over
6",8"& 10" Sig splashes
canopied over 6",8" & 10" rotos
canopied over
2002 14" SE
⬅️ 18" 2002 medium
20" 3000 Rude ride/crash
18" 3000 reflector china type
-In front, movin➡️ &⤵️
19" 2002 power crash
10" round logo Sound Formula splash under the 19"
16" Signature Full crash
18" 2002 Black Gigabell ride over top 14" Paiste rack tom
20" Round logo Sound Formula full ride overlapping a majority of the Gigabell
18" 3000 china type &
18" 3000 Rude china type
above the rides
14" 3000 Rude SE aux hats
18" 3000 Rude crash/ride
15" Sig fast crash above the Rude
20" 3000 novo china w 6 non- repair rivets
17" 3000 thin crash.
Behind my throne- splash tree w 54 10" Paiste splashes (one from every series of distributed paiste lines) displaying the evolution of Paiste's cymbal making technology.
*missing 2 or 3
 

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I had Paistes when I was a teenager. Loved them. But, I broke them. All.
2002 and Signature crashes. And they were very pricey to a kid that worked after school in a gas station. Went to Sabian as they proved to be more durable. For decades now, I’ve had Zildjian A Custom crashes.

I just recently got a set of 2002 Sound Edge 15 hats, and I’ve had a Stewart Copeland Blue Bell 22 (received as a gift) for a few years now.

I’m now sniffing around at some 2002 and Giant Beat crashes. I still love the way Paistes sound. But still a little gun shy about the crashes.

 


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