Cymbal-making is an ancient and unforgiving craft, so there's a lot to be said for experience and prestige in the ranks of cymbal manufacturers. And as a member of the "big four" that lead the industry, it's safe to say Paiste has that esteem in spades. In the original Estonian and Finnish, the word 'paiste' means 'shine' - and that works for them on a few levels. Not only do a lot of these Paiste medium-heavy cymbals have a reflective finish; they also shine metaphorically, by delivering a really impressive level of performance. Whether you're looking to replace just one cymbal in your kit or to build an all-Paiste layout from the ground up, you can safely get started here in this section.
Of course, if you're not yet an expert on cymbals, you may be wondering what advantages medium-heavy ones have to offer over other weight ranges. The answer depends on what you're looking for in a cymbal, but as a rule of thumb, heavier cymbals deliver higher volume and sustain with the ability to stand up to harder strikes without cracking or warping. The drawbacks are that you won't get quite as much fullness or speed as a lighter cymbal. So when it comes to medium-heavy, you could say these are the cymbals for drummers who want lots of sustain and power, without giving up 100% of their cymbals' agility to get it.
What that means for you is a matter of your personal percussion style as well as the genres you play. No one can tell you which cymbals will be the best - that's your decision to make. But with options here ranging from effects like the Paiste Rude Blast China Cymbal to essentials like the Paiste 2002 Ride Cymbal, it's safe to say you'll be able to find a few cymbals that fit the bill. So go ahead and take a look, and if you need a hand deciding, check out some of the reviews and ratings! You'll probably have a wish list of Paiste medium-heavy cymbals written soon enough.
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