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Old 01-26-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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Bought me a new hihat, looking for a new ride... tips?

Hey people!

Today I went out and got myself a new hihat, a 14" Paiste Alpha medium hihat! Sounds pretty good, especially if you compare it to my old rusty hihat, which some of you may or may not have heard on our Planet X messageboard musical collaboration. (With a few guys over there, we're planning on recording some things... first thing we're attempting is Pods Of Trance... My drum version was online somewhere for a while...)

Anyway, I'm happy and blablabla, but now I'm also looking for a new ride.

Preferably Paiste, because I now have this hihat, and 16" and 17" Paiste Innovations (discontinued serie) thin crashes. Love the sound of those crashes!

So, does anyone have any tips and hints what I should look into for a ride, and which ones I should avoid? Or perhaps there's somebody reading this who's got a spare ride, mint condition and not expensive?

Also, perhaps some insight on prices, because I'm thinking about buying it on a Dutch auction site, but I'm not so confident about the money issue.

Also, any information regarding other brands is very welcome too. It's not that I want a Paiste per se, but I prefer one brand over a cocktail over different brands.

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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The last one I had was the Sabian Vault ride, I quite liked it.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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I'm really interested in the Paiste New Signature ride cymbals. I want to check them out, I like the sound of them from the Paiste website. You should check them out!
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:48 AM   #4
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Thanks David, those do look interesting indeed. Like the sound of them.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:18 AM   #5
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My GOD, they're expensive!
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #6
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I know I'm in the same boat! The worst thing is, is I want to load myself up with 4 crash cymbals and a ride cymbal!

Also, I don't know if I'll be going for Meinl or Paiste yet because it'll turn out to be one of the two which becomes available to me for better prices and I don't know which one yet.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:30 PM   #7
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Oh man.. why does this have to be so difficult?

Anyway, I deciced to not go with Paiste if this has to be so expensive and made an offer for 185 euro's for a Sabian HHX 20" Evolution ride. Hope this turns out good.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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I hope you've listened to it first!!

You really need to make sure you listen to cast cymbals before you buy them because no two sound the same!

And there are plenty of other cheaper ranges by Paiste - the Alpha and 2002 ranges, of course, and I'm sure some stores may still have some Dimensions or Innovations in stock.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:55 PM   #9
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Well I'm gonna try it out before I'll actually buy it of course, but thanks for the advice.

An Innovations ride would be nice, since my crashes are Innovations'.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:56 PM   #10
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I remember listening to a couple of Innovations crashes and loving them. I don't know why they discontinued them, they were great cymbals!
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #11
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I had a set of Alpha hats, then some Innovations hats. I just got some Signature Prototype hats

The HHX will sound a little washier than the Signature.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:48 AM   #12
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Paistes are good. But I stick to Sabian. All my cymbals are sabian except fora 6" A Custom Zildjian splash. Ohhh and I have an old Paiste hi hat as well too which I want to get rid of.
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The Alpha series stuff sounds great for the price. I also think the same thing for most of the XS series stuff from Sabian.

I'm about to put out a few hundred bucks for a Meinl Byzance Dark Ride. I can't enough of its' earthy tone.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:23 PM   #14
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That's funny you say that. I'm lusting after the same cymbal.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:59 AM   #15
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I'm about to buy a Sabian HHX Evolution 20" ride for 200 euros, second hand. I've seen pics and it looks in great shape! Hope this works out! I really liked the sounds of it on Sabian's website.
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