Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride


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The modernization of one of the most popular cymbals of all time, These things simply sing!

Saying that Vinnie Calaiuta has always been a fan of Paiste is an understatement. When he made the switch to Paiste he said that the 602’s were “A classic cymbal that I remember from many years ago. They were very sought after, and used by a lot of contemporaries that I had heard and loved” and that their reintroduction showed a “commitment to something important to sound.” Paiste’s commitment to sound has continued with the release of their new Formula 602 Modern Essentials line. This series was co-designed by Paiste and Vinnie Calaiuta himself. Vinnie is no stranger to teaming up with endorsers to create new and exciting gear. In fact, he spearheaded the design of the Zildjian A Customs in the early 90’s.
Looking at his track record, it’s easy to see why Vinnie has been one of the industry’s top dogs for so long. Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Megadeath, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, & Tori Amos have all called on Mr. Calaiuta when they needed some to hold down the beat the way only Vinnie can. With such a vast range of material and heavy work load, Calaiuta needed something that was not only extremely versatile but incredibly consistent. The 602s were exactly that, the Modern Essentials are simply a new twist on the classic formula.

With heavier hammer marks much like the Signature Traditional; these cymbals are rich, warm, lush, and breathy with a glassy, shimmering wash. The heavier hammer marks help focus in the sound of these cymbals, giving them a more pronounced bow and quicker decay and an overall darker fundamental. These rides are extremely earthy with unbelievable stick definition, a breathy wash, and an incredible crash.
After sitting down with these for a while we have to say, these things are no joke. The Formula 602 Modern Essentials are sure to please even the most discerning of players and compliment whatever style of music you’re playing. So grab your’s today and see the beauty of fusing both the old and new school together.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s never been easier to get the ride of your dreams at a great price. Get your Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride from Sam Ash Direct today. With fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price, the security of our many decades of experience, and the Sam Ash Direct 45/60 day return/price protection policy, you can’t possibly go wrong!


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Versatile, expressive, dynamic


from New York, New York

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  • Darkprojecting Tone
  • Dark Projecting Tone
  • Perfect Stick Feel
  • Works for everything


    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Jazz
    • Pop

    Comments about Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride:

    The perfect ride. Ok, maybe there's no such thing but this thing is off the charts in versatility and overall musicality! And I can't get over the buttery stick feel. You can also lay into it and get a surprising amount of volume if needed. Can't say enough good things....

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    The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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