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Paiste Alpha China Cymbal

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The Alpha China cymbal has an explosive, shattering attack with a hissing decay. The Paiste China has a bright, cutting, full sound with a warm under...Click To Read More About This Product

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A strong china cymbal useful in many musical applications.

The Alpha China cymbal has an explosive, shattering attack with a hissing decay. The Paiste China has a bright, cutting, full sound with a warm undertone. Medium range, complex mix. This is a strong China cymbal useful in many musical applications.

Alpha Cymbals were first launched by Paiste in 1992. Since then, the Alpha Series has been highly successful on an international scale. Today, the Alpha brand is synonymous with dependability, and the cymbals are well-known for their first-class sound and fair prices. In 2006, Paiste presented a completely revamped Alpha, which advanced these trusted qualities and took Alpha cymbals to a new level.

In recent years, Paiste has invested heavily into the perfection of its high-tech processes, seeking to faithfully reproduce the principles of Swiss hand craftsmanship in its modern production facility in Germany. The updated Alpha cymbals are manufactured using this top-notch technology. They are then enhanced using traditional hand hammering. The combination of hi-tech and traditional methods brings about never before realized quality levels in a highly efficient production environment. Alpha cymbals thus fulfill high demands in quality and function while taking into account the financial realities of today's active drummers.

Paiste designed the updated Alpha series specifically with the global demands of today's music in mind. Global music increasingly combines stylistic and cultural backgrounds into new musical forms, requiring cymbals with wider application range. By applying modern design concepts to the individual models, Paiste has met these requirements convincingly. The assortment offers a wide choice of models and sizes, and covers a wide range of music styles. It allows the drummer an optimal variety of sounds in the cymbal set. Despite all of these improvements, the company is offering the new Alpha cymbals at unchanged retail prices.

  • Weight: medium
  • Volume: medium to loud
  • Stick Sound: washy
  • Intensity: lively
  • Sustain: medium
  • Bell Character: integrated

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PaisteAlpha China Cymbal

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Great cymbal for the price

By Carl "Purple Haze"

from Indianapolis, Indiana

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  • good sounding
  • value


  • Lack of depth

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Home Studio
  • Practice

Comments about Paiste Alpha China Cymbal:

I bought this cymbal as a SDOTD so the price definitely was right. Like other Alpha cymbals I own, it is a good value even at the regular price. It is a nice, very solid and good sounding cymbal for the money. Not as nuanced as some entirely hand made models, but it is a good cymbal and a good value.

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sounds awesome

By shocktapus

from High Point NC

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Comments about Paiste Alpha China Cymbal:

I own the 14" and it is a great cymbal. It sounds better than any other cymbal I have owned. When turned upside down (outer edge facing down) it has a very hazy sound but it is immediate and accentuates beautifully. The other way the sound isn't quite as aggressive but lasts longer. Both ways it sounds more professional than any other cymbal I own. It broke after about a year but I still use it because it still sounds great. I couldn't hear it being used in swing but for metal or rock or most other things it is a great cymbal.

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