Cymbal maker Paiste has announced the introduction of new models in the Signature, Giant Beat and Signature Traditionals series.

In 1967, during the rapid expansion of Rock music, PAISTE launched Giant Beat cymbals, providing warmth, strength and brilliance unknown to drummers before. Key drummers John Bonham, Nick Mason, Keith Moon and Carl Palmer immediately embraced the new cymbals and thrived on the revolutionary sound. In 2005 Paiste re-introduced the series in response to renewed interest in the sound of the roots and traditions in popular music. The choice of sizes in the original line-up is now being expanded with the 19″ and 22″ Giant Beat and the 16″ Giant Beat Hi-Hat.


Introducing a proprietary bronze developed specifically for cymbals, Paiste launched the Signature series in 1989, which provides drummers with sounds featuring unparalleled richness and musicality. Nicko McBrain of the cult metal band Iron Maiden has been a loyal Signature player since. For a number of years, Nicko’s set included a Prototype based on the Fast Crash model, with its distinct low curvature and quick response and sustain. Developed for the regular assortment and executed in a heavier weight, the resulting 18″ and 20″ Fast Medium models maintain that character and add strength, cut and explosive character for louder musical applications.

In a remarkable historical research project aimed at recreating cymbal sounds of the 1940s, 1950’s and 1960s, the formative period of Blues, Jazz, and Big Band, Paiste unveiled the Signature Traditionals in 1996. A well known contemporary connoisseur and protagonist of the series is Steve Jordan, who proclaims Traditionals as “so essential to my sound, that I can’t travel without them”. The 17″ and 20″ Thin Crash models re-join the program in response to renewed interest and requests for more choices in the Traditionals assortment.

Signature, Giant Beat and Signature Traditionals cymbals are made in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.