View Full Version : help me out with Paiste!
04-04-2007, 08:33 PM
I use Zildjian cymbals, but they're so expensive around here. And i'm startin to get into Paiste. I'm on a low budget too. And Paiste has lower prices here. And i really like the sound of A Customs. So what cymbals should i use for the clear and bright PSSSHHH sound? So anyone recommend anything from paiste?
04-04-2007, 08:40 PM
I use Zildjian cymbals, but they're so expensive around here. And i'm startin to get into Paiste. And Paiste has lower prices. So anyone recommend anything?Paistes and Zildjians are about the same in price make sure those Paiste's are not the lower end line, Paiste signatures and Zildjian "k" or "a" are around the same price.Do some research before investing.
04-04-2007, 11:22 PM
Well, as usual, I recommend used Paiste's, in my experience Paiste's are as close to indestructible as it gets when you take care of them properly. But I am a big fan of their signature alloy as well, so Signatures of Signature reflectors would be good. If you're on a small budget, try alpha's or PST5's.
04-05-2007, 02:58 AM
does the PST 5 series have a bright sound like the A Custom series?
04-05-2007, 05:25 AM
I think all of Paiste's series have a bright sound like Zildjian A Customs (if not brighter).If you can afford it go with their Alpha series which sound better than PST 5s.
04-05-2007, 07:14 AM
You haven't exactly stated what kind of budget you are working with so I'll just throw out some suggestions. The sound files in the Paiste website are pretty accurate and can be used to suss out which cymbals will suit your ear. I live in San Diego also,and it seems to me that the Paistes here are just as expensive as anyplace else;I'd love to know where I can get "cheap" Paistes in S.D. As to what series to buy,I'd start with the Alphas (which are pretty bright,) and then try the 2002s (which are bright in varying degrees..) If you like what you hear and can spend an arm and a leg,go for the Signatures and the Traditionals,etc. Even in San Diego a typical Sig goes for $300 bucks and since these do not sound any better,(at least to me,) than the 2002s I figure why go to all that expense.Of course,if you are on a toilet-bowl budget,you might consider starting with the PST5 series which is Paistes' decent low-end line.
04-05-2007, 07:31 AM
i live in SD also.
it just seems to me that Paiste is cheaper in price to me. It was probably that i didn't know what Paiste series and stuff i was looking at. And my budget is as low as the Zildjian ZBT or the Paiste PST 5.
04-05-2007, 12:50 PM
Since I got to know Paiste PST5 cymbals I can really recommend them, they are great for the money!
But even more I can recommend to look around for some cool used Paiste stuff. On eBay are (often) some good deals...
04-05-2007, 01:00 PM
The closet thing to the A Customs from Paiste that I have heard are the new 'Twenty' Series. They sound nice but I don't know if they are in your area yet.
I use PST5 and they are very good for the price - a lot better than ZBT for sure. The crashes are better than their hihats and rides however, I havent got any experience with effects cymbals in the PST5 series.
If PST5 is the most you can spend, i would gladly recommend them to you. They have been fantastic for me - I have a 16" PST5 on my left with a 15" A Custom on the right, and they actually sound nice together. Interestingly, despite the 16" PST5 being heavier and bigger than the 15"Acustom, the Acustom is deeper sounding! I never understood that but hey! They sound good!
If you have money for ZBT, you also have money for PST5 - and you'd have to be stupid to go with the ZBT!
04-05-2007, 06:19 PM
i have a ZBT ride, crash and hi hats. I really dont like the way they sound. Probably from the heat that i've gotten from where i live. The crash just sounds like a piece of metal, and the ride has to much of an overtone
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