I recently got and traded a Soultone Vintage 18" Crash Ride. It was beautiful, with gorgeous hammering, but wasn't the sound I wanted. They're made in Turkey with B20. They're said to not to be super-consistent. Mine had a pretty but slightly clangy ping and a beautiful dark wash with infinite sustain, and it opened up quickly to mad volume. Those last two qualities didn't work so well for me, but for someone seeking a wash ride for chorus mayhem, or something you could hit during a rock solo with long, smooth sustain, it'd be great. My impression judging from demos, is that for a company selling Turkish cymbals they go for a fairly bright modern sound, but they have a number of different cymbal series.I've never owned a flat ride. Idk why, as I think they have the best stick definition I've heard. If I were to use an aux ride, or play open handed, I'd definitely get one. Being I only use 1 ride I like having access to a bell. The 24 2002 ride has just about everything I look for in a ride, very much like the 24 GB. The 2002 has better stick definition, good crashability, and cutting bell. The GB has excellent crashability (basically a 24 inch crash/ride), has an unbelievable wall of sound, a great bell as well. To find a cymbal with all of the above would be great. I kind of want to try the new black label 2002 ride. The way it sounds, and has been described makes it come off as a "prefect ride", but once again with Paiste, I've yet to see one in s store.
I've never played, nor know much about Soultone. Do you know what alloy is used? Are they consistent? Where are they made? How would you describe the sound? *I know, a lot of questions.
I've loved Paiste since I first heard them. However, I have no commitment to any cymbal co. If I like the sound enough, I'll get one. I may start looking around to hear one.
Ordinarily, I prefer A sounds to K as well, which is why I got the A custom, which seemed much more versatile that the K Custom Fast Crash I was comparing it to. But the K Custom was very well-behaved and might fit right in between my dark, thin 60's A hats and my Sabian Monarch 18". There wasn't an A that opened up right in a small size. I mostly play drums at home, and when I do play out, the last thing I'm worried about is my cymbals projecting.