These venerable cymbals – developed during the 1960’s rapid expansion of popular music – were faithfully recreated and re-launched by Paiste in 2005. Giant Beat cymbals offer the big, warm, brilliant vintage sound that takes you straight back to the roots of Rock.
Giant Beat «Multifunction»
Deep, dark, rich, brilliant, warm.
Wide range, fairly complex mix.
Even, balanced, very responsive feel.
Pearly, wooden ping over a wide, deep, full wash.
Big, swelling crash sound.
Strong, articulate embedded bell.
An ultimate classic sound, developed in 1967 during one of popular music's most revolutionary eras.
"The 26" Giant Beat's volume and wash aren't nearly as overwhelming as I expected. In fact, I found the 26" Giant Beat to be incredibly warm sounding and dynamically expressive, even when played at low volumes with small sticks. It has a clear, pearly "ping" that articulates fast rhythms well, and its sustain is deep and rich without becoming too washy. You can crash the edge or roll on it with mallets to get a huge, swelling "whoosh," and the bell is strong and low-pitched. The 26" has a smooth, clean sound, but with fewer high-end overtones, a defined ping, and a rich bell." - Michael Dawson
"We're getting used to seeing gigantic cymbals and the Giant Beat Multi-Functional ride, coming in at 26", is decidedly bigger than most. Apart from its size it's an unusual looker on account of its vintage, darkly citrus lemony color. This pioneering professional B8 alloy series was played by John Bonham until it was replaced in 1971 by the rather edgier 2002s. The Giant Beat series was resurrected and faithfully reproduced from the originals by Paiste in 2005. They have a slightly softer sound than the more modern and aggressive Big Beat/2002s. Still, the stick feel of this 26" is pingy and penetrating, setting off an imposing ride that is not so much dark, but we'd say more broad and deep. With such a big surface area it pays to explore different regions, thus the edge is noticeably softer and darker, although stick definition stays clear so long as you don't over-hit. And being such a big cymbal, if you crash the edge there is a measure of oriental gong-style tone in the voluminous wash. Played in the middle it is harder and ting-ier, while the large bell is particularly impressive. This is where you can really stoke up some volume if needs be. Overall the cymbal comes across as warm and mellow, but commanding with a stately Pink Floyd-ballad sort of vibe." - Geoff Nicholls
"Paiste's greatest endorsee is the mighty John Bonham and, 25 years after his untimely death, his association with Paiste is stronger than ever. One of Bonzo's most admirable traits was that he did what he did with the minimum of gear. Yes, he used big drums, but despite Led Zeppelin's enormous success he was never tempted to stray far from his five-piece set-up. A similar economy informed his choice of cymbals and up until the introduction of Paiste's 2002 cymbals in 1971, Bonham used - Giant Beats. The multi-functionals, despite their largish diameters, they are not excessively heavy. The larger sized multi-functionals are a fair slab of metal, but again, weighs less than you might expect. In an age of Cool/Dark/Dry/Power rides it's a pleasant surprise to be presented with a general purpose ride cymbal. In other words, one that goes 'ting' on the body, 'ping' on the bell and does everything else in between with a good deal of warmth and expression. There is plenty of wash generated - unsurprising for a cymbal two feet across - but it is a silvery, sweet wash that decays gently. When you strike them hard, the ride opens for a huge crash that sits exceptionally well with the 18" and 20" multi-functionals. Warming it with a mallet meanwhile produces an amazing sounding gong-like swell." - Team
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.