I haven't played it yet but I bought the 24" 2002 Ride and ordered a set of 15" Sound Edge Hi-Hats and a 20" Crash to go with it. Those, along with the 18" Crash I already own, should give me a good, "essential" 2002 setup to start.
I'm playing a punk/hard rock gig for NYE this year. I hope I take delivery of the cymbals by then. I think they'll be perfect for the job.
Two things that Paiste is known for is ther legendary consistency in sound reproduction of their cymbal models and also the fact that you can mix product lines together and they'll blend well.
The only one I can think of that might stand apart from all others would be the Rude series not blending in cohesively with every cymbal line. ( a bit like Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation movie ).
Update: The Hi-Hats and 20" Crash arrived yesterday. I picked up a 19" 2002 Crash last week to go with the 18" I already have. I'm in Paiste heaven!
The 15" Sound Edge hats are just fantastic. Classic sound. Love the big crashes too though it's going to take some experimentation to integrate them into my playing. The 20" sounds huge in my little studio but I'm sure it will be right at home in bigger venues and outdoor stages.
Loving the 24" Ride as well. Nice cut and a great bell. Haven't tried crashing it yet.
I ordered a 10" splash this morning and will grab a China and/or Swish cymbal after Christmas. They'll get plenty of use.
So far the 2002s are living up to the hype. I love their brightness and shimmer, literally and figuratively. Just the sound I was looking for.
Gigged the 2002s last night for the first time. Just loved them!
I had the pleasure (not totally) of hearing another drummer play my stuff and more so than ever before, I thought it sounded pro. Tuning was spot-on and unsurprisingly, the 2002s stole the show. Damn, those things sound good!