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Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal 18" 

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  • Weight: medium heavy
  • Volume: medium to loud
  • Stick Sound: pronounced
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      Ideal for louder setups!

      The 18" Alpha Rock China cymbal has a bright, clear, full, aggressive sound. Medium-range, fairly clear mix. Very loud and explosive with a hissing shatter. Very strong China cymbal for all musical applications in louder playing styles.

      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 including the Alpha Rock China, 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 heavy
      • Volume: medium to loud
      • Stick Sound: pronounced
      • Intensity: lively
      • Sustain: medium long
      • Bell Character: integrated

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      PaisteAlpha Rock China Cymbal

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      Alpha Rock China... good for rock, not much else.

      Comments about Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal:

      I own a lot of chinas- big ones, little ones, trashy ones, bright ones, dark ones, the list goes on. This one falls on the far end of my sound spectrum. It's super bright, metallic, and loud, with a hint of trashiness at certain volumes. It's great for accents, but not so good for riding. Not a wide dynamic range at all- you have to really dig into it to bring out the best sound. It's a good value and something pretty unique, as is most of Pasite's Alpha line. Lastly, it looks cool with a neat hammering pattern, and is available brilliant or traditional.

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      Killer china!

      By AxelrRod42

      from St. Louis MO

      Comments about Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal:

      I looked on paiste's website, and this is the china set your goals uses. What a steal for as little as it cost and as good as it sounds! When my PST 5 china is done, this is what im buying

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      does what the name implies

      By wickedwd5000

      from reno/tahoe, NV

      Comments about Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal:

      Sounds great for rock, trashy, with just the right amount of sustain. Cant beat the price, defiantly a step up from the pst5 model.

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      So far the best.

      By Al Nasty

      from El Paso, TX

      Comments about Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal:

      I got this china and its very musical. Its medium heavy like a rock crash, so I hope it will last a long time. I had two wuhan's before and I broke them both, each in six weeks. So far the paiste has out lasted both and it sounds ten times better.

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      unique tone

      By OMECHA

      from Huntington Beach, CA

      Comments about Paiste Alpha Rock China Cymbal:

      Unlike most china cymbals that have an undefined pitch with a scrambled frequency that gives it that trashy sound, this cymbal is good and trashy, but has a very distinct tone like it is playing a distorted note. I have never heard a tone like this on any other cymbal (I have played or heard most of the available chinas on this site). A must buy if you are looking for this kind of sound.

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