Hi there Todd, thank you for the research and the valued input. As a matter of interest, how do you know for sure that the cymbal in the pic is a NS12?I finally was able to find an old Ns12 with Standard stamped on it for the weight. The owner said it was from 1960.
So does that make this a later one and likely B8?By the color and the old catalogs I have. The "Standard" designation was used on the Dixies from the early 60s before Paiste started using B8 in 1965. The Dixies went to B8 closer to 1970. The cymbal in the picture is a first gen. Dixie, there might be a second generation of NS12 Dixies that were stamped differently. The B8 Dixies are stamped as Medium Thin and Crash Ride. The second gen Ns12s might of been stamped this way too, just haven't been able to verify that yet.