THE PAISTE SOUND STORY BEGINS AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.
Russia (1901-1916) Michail Toomas Paiste, a composer and musician, whose father had come from Estonia to serve in the Tsarist Guard, founds a publishing business and music store in St. Petersburg. The operation, which also includes modest instrument manufacturing and repair facilities, flourishes for many years until the upheavals of the Russian Revolution force its closing.
Estonia (1917-1939) Michail Toomas returns to his native country, and re-opens his business in the city of Tallinn. It is here that he begins to design and manufacture cymbals for concert and marching bands together with his son, Michail M. Paiste, who quickly becomes the driving force and eventually takes over the business. Seeking to meet the rapidly evolving demands of "modern music" and the emerging drum set, the son begins to develop his own special concept for Turkish style cymbals, which he prefers over the Chinese style as a starting point. It is during this time that he also develops the first gongs. The resulting instruments receive awards and international recognition as they begin to be exported to Europe, the USA and overseas.
Poland (1940-1944) The events of World War II force Michail M. to leave Estonia for Poland, where he re-establishes the family business. The company struggles with a wartime shortage of raw materials and difficulty in maintaining international relations, but manages to survive.
Germany (1945- ) Towards the end of the war, Michail M. and his family escaped Poland as refugees, bringing him to Northern Germany where, for the third time, he begins to produce cymbals and gongs. The instruments' superior reputation help revive business relationships and ensure development of a robust export business throughout the Fifties.Switzerland (1957- ) Michael M. establishes a manufacture in Switzerland, also bringing a third generation, sons Robert and Toomas, into what becomes the companies base for future development. A new era begins as Robert and Toomas make Paiste Switzerland the hub of its international business activities. Since 2003, the company is headed by Toomas' son, Erik.
USA (1981- ) The company gains a firm foothold in the world's largest musical instrument market with the establishment of Paiste America in the U.S.A..
The principle of our family business is to continually create new sound with cymbals, gongs, and bronze percussion instruments. The foundation of this search for musical sound is the successful combination of the musician's creative imagination and the inventive spirit of the musical instrument maker. The relationship between us as sound makers, and drummers and percussionists as musicians, is the very intimate manifestation of this deep principle. This is our true purpose.
The secrets in creating sounds are life-long experience, a deep knowledge about sound and sounding alloys, painstaking craftsmanship, and intensive experimentation. We never get accidental results. We meticulously research and we thoroughly execute our creations. We guarantee consistency in sound qualities and sound color in every cymbal.
Founded in 1906, Paiste is a leading manufacturer of high-quality handmade cymbals, gongs and bronze percussion instruments. Throughout its rich history, Paiste has paid close attention to the creative needs of drummers and percussionists, staying relevant by continually
creating new sounds and innovative products, including bell-less flat ride cymbals, the Sound Edge high hat and unlathed, hammered cymbals. Drummers around the world rely on Paiste for its versatile, consistent-sounding cymbals and gongs.
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