Originally Posted by chewaz
wise if you talk about money, but retarded if you talk about high quality cymbals, it obvious zildjian paid him tons of money.
My band did a show with EODM, & I talked to him about the Zildjian/Paiste switch.
He said he really wanted to hear something different after using Paiste all his playing life.
He also said the Paiste's were just not cutting through the band and competing with 3 or 4 guitars going--especially the Giant Beats when Paiste gave him one of the first sets of them.
He, like most Zildjian endorsers I'm sure gets a certain amount of gear supplied for tours, overseas things, TV shows etc... at no charge, or at cost, but I highly
doubt he was paid
to switch over.
Paiste used to have a policy that an artist would get a set amount of product free, but after that paid at least cost on what they needed. I don't know what their deal is now, but that was direct from a Paiste company rep at a Paiste sponsored event.
Most companies probably work the same way.
Zildjian and Paiste both make high quality products, so the "retarded" argument is pointless.
If Paiste does it for you, that's great because they make kick ass cymbals.
I'm sure Joey STILL digs all his Paiste's, it's just they aren't what he's hearing for his music now.