The Rhythmatist - Stewart Copeland's Inspiration ” The Blue Bell Ride
This special Ride cymbal is the result of a collaboration between Paiste and Stewart Copeland, who inspired an entire generation of drummers with his unique playing style as the driving force behind The Police. The introduction of this ride cymbal coincides with the celebrated world-wide reunion tour of The Police.
The 22" Blue Bell Ride is based on the Signature 22" Dark Metal Ride, and was modified according to Stewart Copeland's exacting specifications. In the process, this development reintroduces Paiste's unique ColorSound coating, as the cymbal is coated partially blue on top and fully on the bottom.
The 22" Blue Bell Ride features a dry, slightly dark, raw and melodic sound. Its dominant characteristics include a clear, glassy ping and a distinctive strong, deep bell, in accordance with Stewart Copeland's Ride playing technique within the context of the music of The Police. As a tribute to Stewart's collaborative effort in the creation of this unique cymbal, the label "The Rhythmatist" and Stewart Copeland's "Rider" logo appear in conjunction with the model designation on the ride cymbal. Paiste's signature cymbals are entirely made by hand in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century. ColorSound is a proprietary coating for cymbals developed by Paiste in the 1980s, which optimizes the effect of a coating on cymbal sound and is extremely durable.
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Comments about Paiste Stewart Copeland Signature Blue Bell Ride:
This cymbal is expensive but I had been playing a 20" Zildjian Avedis ride that came in a starter pack for the last 19 years. I wish I bought something like this ride from the get go. I play in a very loud metal band. The volume of this 22", 10 lb peice of bronze pierces through the sonic violence that the band I'm in hammers out. This ride is bright but not too annoying and a strike to the edge doesn't ring out forever. The ride is beefy and the bell on this thing is too big to miss. I wish I used this thing in my last recording session because my old ride didn't do well, volume wise.
If you play loud music I highly recommend this cymbal. I think the blue finish is pretty eye catching as well, it would add a nice asthetic look to any drumset in any band no matter the style.