After playing Zildjian and later Sabian for 50 years I recently bought a set of 2002’s, then shortly after, a couple Signature Full crashes. I had no idea these cymbals were so good, the 2002’s in particular. The warmth, volume, cut, plenty of highs yet dark and washy, I don’t know how Paiste does it but, I am sold.
I play Paiste almost exclusively (as I have said repeatedly). I have never owned or tried the Rude lines, but I play GBs at nearly every gig - they indeed are quite musical! -- and bust out the 602s or the Sound Formulas sometimes too. I just love the GBs.
I find it interesting that when I purchased the original set of 2002’s I thought the 18” was the weakest of the set, it sounded too gongy. When played in the band setting those sounds became its strength, nice wash and projection. The Signature Full crashes have a strong attack and then a wash that lingers. I can see where some might not dig that, for me it works.That's interesting. The Sigs are great, but after a while they're too brittle for me. They have more front end "glass", but the 2002s are inherently warmer through their decay and finish.
I remember I saved up and bought a 16" RUDE crash when they came out, I was so stoked to get it, because Stewart played them and all that...
Then I tried to use it, and it felt like I just couldn't get a sound out of it. It eventually cracked and that was that.
I got into a PF tribute and decided to get a set of 2002s, with 15" sound edge hats. They fit so well in that music, with a darker ride mixed in. Something about the combination of those cymbals and the Stratocaster that works. The 15" hats fit really well in the mix too, just present enough.