Forged from a proprietary bronze developed specifically for cymbals, handcrafted from start to finish by highly skilled Swiss craftsmen, conceived and executed according to uncompromising sound concepts, Signature Cymbals are instruments of unsurpassed quality for the discerning drummer’s quest for personal creativity and musical excellence.
Signature Combo Crisp Hi-Hat "Rhythmatist"
Warm, bright, crisp, rich, strong, brilliant.
Fairly wide range, fairly clean mix.
Crisp, rich open sound.
Full, brilliant chick sound.
Bright, assertive hi-hat, great for articulate playing or as an auxiliary hi-hat.
Developed in co-operation with the legendary "The Police" drummer Stewart Copeland.
"Since taking the drum world by storm with his impassioned, reggae-inspired drumming approach with the iconic new wave band the Police in the late-'70s and '80s, Stewart Copeland has gone on to become a successful classical and film composer. These cymbals, the 12" Combo Crisp duo, are designed to emphasize articulation and to cut through at all volumes. Interestingly, Paiste mixed bronze alloys for these hi-hats. The medium-weight top is made from the company's CuSn20 bronze, which is said to increase warmth and fullness, while the heavyweight bottom cymbal is made from Signature bronze for added brilliance and precision. The closed sound of the Combo Crisp hi-hats is very dry and articulate, so double strokes spoke clearly at all tempos. (Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" came to mind.) The foot chick is fast, chunky, and strong, and the open sound is bright, focused, and powerful. Funk, fusion, reggae, and contemporary pop drummers will love how these hi-hats speak quickly and then get out of the way, while metal, rock, and progressive drummers will enjoy using these as an auxiliary sound for playing fast, syncopated figures." - Michael Dawson
"Stewart Copeland's fiery style was honed in The Police and his florid reggae-inflected hi-hat licks have been admired ever since. His signature 12" Combo Crisp Hats are titled The Rhythmatist after his 1985 solo album and filmed African odyssey, and are designed with his dancing style in mind. Copeland's 12" hats are novel in that Paiste has used different alloys for the top and bottom cymbals. The top is cast from B20 '602' bell bronze (CuSn20) and the bottom from Paiste's Signature alloy, which is closer to B15. Both are certainly heavy cymbals, but the alloys and finish look similar in colour, the top cymbal having slightly broader lathing underneath. The top also has a smaller, peakier bell, while the bottom's bell is broader and rounder, more typical and handy for seating the pair. Copeland's buccaneering Rhythmatist logo adds a final flourish. Although the two cymbals are similar in weight the top is significantly deeper in pitch than the bottom, which is high and pingy. The B20 bronze of the top hat has a slightly warmer tone than the bottom Signature bronze, known for its brilliance. Thus the bottom provides the cut while the top gives the smoother, darker playing surface. The result is that played closed there is still a loud and clear stick sound, while the pedalled 'chip' is urgent and incisive. The difference in the two cymbals is exaggerated also by the bell profiles, the top cymbal's rather smaller bell having a tinklier sound. But let's not forget these are small 12" hats and so are always going to be agile and tightly focused. Whether played closed or open, jazzy 10-to-10 style, they are always fleet and assertive, like Copeland himself. But the lower pitch of the top cymbal makes sure they retain a warmth, so there is no danger of them ever being thin and tinny. They respond well to numerous styles, from old-fashioned Papa Jo Jones swing right up to post-electro Mark Guiliana or Chris Dave cutting-edge beats. Being small they are also suited to life as a secondary pair, or perhaps mounted on a remote pedal centrally, Bill Bruford style." - Geoff Nicholls
Paiste has TWO years warranty against manufacturing flaws, starting from date of the purchase.
This is a pre-order which ships out from the supplier within one month.