Paragon is Rush drummer Neil Peart’s signature series which defines a new, closer relationship between power and musicality in cymbals that are dynamically responsive, highly durable, and effective in a wide range of applications.
Includes 8 inch & 10 inch Splashes Brilliant Finish, (2) 16 inch Crashes Brilliant Finish, 18 inch & 20 inch Crashes Brilliant Finish, 22 inch Ride Brilliant Finish, 19 inch & 20 inch China Brilliant Finish, 13 inch & 14 inch Hi-Hat Brilliant Finish, Hard Flightcase.
"If you're looking to outfit your kit with an entire Paragon Brilliant setup, you're likely going to need some extra cymbal stands. The medium-thin Paragon Brilliant crashes opened up quickly with a cutting, commanding tone, yet they possessed silvery overtones and a medium decay time. Hitting multiple crashes in succession sounded like individual hits rather than a wall of noise. These attack/decay characteristics remained consistent throughout the size range, resulting in cymbals that sounded identical except for pitch. The 18" and 20" models would make great crash/rides for lighter-hitting players. Ride cymbals for rock can be a tough choice. Some are too pingy, others are too washy, and the bells can be a bit spiky. There's only one ride cymbal in the
Paragon series, a portly (more than eight pounds!) 22" whose sonic characteristics fell squarely in the middle. For medium to loud playing, this cymbal possessed just the right amount of ping, overtones, sparkle, and focus, and the bell sounded meaty and blended with the music rather than cutting through like a stiletto. Despite this cymbal's weight, it was very musical and would be equally at home in big band and rock settings. It had minimal crash
qualities, but hey, that's just not its gig. This is a dyed-in-the-wool ride cymbal. The 13" and 14" hi-hats were excellent. The 14s had more roar, while the 13s offered more sizzle. Although both pairs were very versatile, the 14s were decidedly louder and more commanding. If I had to pick a pair for all-around playing, it would
be the 13s, but neither size sounded clangy, nasal, or thin, despite the cymbals' slightly heavier weight. I've never played more than one China at a time, but these could change my mind.
The 19" had a unique wide-flange profile with exaggerated hammering. It was nice and trashy sounding with a quick decay
when played upside down. This is strictly an accent cymbal that's not really meant for proper riding. Conversely, the 20" is a
more traditional China that had good body and spread when played upside down yet offered that classic China ride sound in the
right-side-up position, with a crash sound straight out of Charlie Watts' bag." - J.R. Frondelli
Sabian 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.