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Paiste Giant Beat Hi-Hats 14 in. 

(14 in.)  Sku #491419000080000

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A very classic hi-hat for multi-purpose application in different musical genres.

The Paiste Giant Beat Hi-Hats deliver a mellow, warm, yet brilliant sound with a hissing shimmer. They have a medium range and fairly clean mix. Other sound characteristics are light, woody, and open, paired with a well defined, soft chick-sound.

Re-Introduction: 2005

Original Introduction: 1967

Background: Paiste develops the Formula 602 in the late 1950's from the traditional 20% Bronze, a cymbal line rooted in Jazz and acoustic Rock 'n' roll that exhibits a cool, rich, sophisticated sound character and gains us the first wave of international notoriety - Yet the company does not rest, experiments with CuSn8 bronze alloy, and pioneers CuSn8 cymbals in 1963 - Around the same time, the world is experiencing the rapid expansion of Rock music, which emerges forcefully from the foundations of Blues, Folk, Country and Rock 'n' Roll as bands like the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, Beatles, Kinks and the Who take the stage - The electrified sound they generate is groundbreaking - Popular music, simply stated, becomes loud and irreverent - The bronze alloy Paiste is already working which turns out to be perfect for the new soundscape with its amplified volume and frequencies - In 1967 Paiste launches Giant Beat cymbals, which are characterized by warmth, strength and brilliance such as drummers had not known before

Innovation: The Paiste Giant Beat is the first cymbal series to be manufactured from the coveted CuSn8 Bronze, "2002 Bronze"

Alloy: CuSn8 Bronze, also known as "2002 Bronze"

Quality: Professional

Cymbal Production: Manual Craftsmanship - Hand Hammering, Hand Lathing

Applications: Soft to loud settings - Live and Recording - Country, R&B, Rock, Jazz-Rock

Users: Working Musicians, Enthusiasts - Drummers eager to re-capture Paiste vintage cymbal sounds from the late 60's

Sound: Bright, warm, with a complex array of full and dark presence

Looks: Dark, earthy, transparent surface texture with even, balanced hammering and lathing patterns, vintage "Giant Beat" silk-screen

Recognition: Paiste Giant Beat cymbals are used by drummers who were participants in the defining days of Rock n' Roll

  • Weight: medium thin top / medium heavy bottom
  • Volume: soft to medium loud
  • Stick Sound: defined
  • Intensity: medium lively
  • Sustain: medium
  • Chick Sound: soft, tight

Giant Beat Hi-Hats Specifications:

  • Chick Sound: Soft, tight
  • Drum Set Piece Qty: 1
  • Intensity: Medium lively
  • Item Package Quantity: 2
  • Musical Style: Pop, Rock
  • Stick Sound: Defined
  • Sustain: Medium
  • Volume: Soft to medium loud
  • Weight: Medium thin top / medium heavy bottom
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Versatile and great-sounding hats!


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Comments about Paiste Giant Beat Hi-Hats:

I own these in the 15" variety and absolutely love them. The sound is just slightly darker than 2002 hats and they seem a touch softer to me. They are extremely warm and lively and can really cut through when played a little open. The closed sound is beautifully musical and the timbre magically adapts with your playing dynamics - played softly it's great for ballads and the soft "chick" is very jazzy, but lay into it and you've got a powerful rock-and-roll locomotive barrelling down the tracks! I used to think that the higher end Paistes were over-priced but then I realized you really DO get what you paid for when it comes to Paiste cymbals. My reccommendation is to buy these Giant Beat Hi-Hats as soon as you possibly can because they will never let you down.

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Comments about Paiste Giant Beat Hi-Hats:

These hi-hats are awesome. If you want that bonzo sound from the first four albums these are the hi-hats for you. I like them a little more than the 2002 sound-edge because these hi-hats are darker. If you're a fan of the 2002 series you should seriously look into the Giant Beat series as well. The reissues aren't as phenomenal as the originals, but in a couple years i bet the reissues will age while the originals go under oxidation.

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