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Paiste Formula 602 18" Thin Crash Cymbal


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The return of the legendary Formula 602 line of cymbals! The 18" Thin Crash is a light crash cymbal with a definitely retro character!

Many drummers who have been around awhile and younger drummers who have an interest in the history and art of cymbals are very excited about the return of the Paiste Formula 602 Cymbals! Keep reading to learn more about the 602s but let’s spotlight the Formula 602 18” Thin Crash!

The Formula 602 18" Thin Crash is a sensitive, fast-responding cymbal for full accents with silvery highs. Its sound is breathy and transparent with a fairly wide range and a somewhat complex and dense mix. It has a soft, shimmering and velvety feel. Not for bludgeoning, for sure, the Paiste Formula 602 18” is a light crash cymbal with a definite retro character suited for many styles of music with a wide range of dynamics.

• Weight: thin

• Volume: low to medium loud

• Stick Sound: washy

• Intensity: fairly lively

• Sustain: medium

• Bell Character: integrated

A little history:

Back in 1959 Paiste launched a series that was destined to become one of the most revered in the history of cymbal making – Formula 602. Its fine, pure and always controlled musical tone was adopted by well-known drummers and percussionists including none other than Joe Morello, Art Blakey, Paul Motian, Ndugu Chancler, Jon Hiseman, Charlie Watts and a host more. Formula 602s were especially coveted as the ultimate cymbal in jazz, the burgeoning beat and rock music of the times, avant-garde and acoustic genres of music for more than three decades.

Demand began falling away with the advent of increasing volume through amplification and electronic music, and production of the Formula 602 series ceased in the 1990s. The warmth of the traditional CuSn20 bronze and the superior sound quality are back in demand, however – hence the reintroduction of the most popular Formula 602 range of models.

The returning Formula 602 cymbal models in addition to the 18” Thin Crash are the 16” Thin Crash, the 14” Sound Edge Hi-Hats, 20” Medium Ride and the legendary 20” Medium Flatride. The 16” and 18” Thin Crashes used together are very complimentary, blending into each other smoothly and distinguished by the deeper pitch of the 18”.

Now’s the time to catch up with history! The Paiste Formula 602 Sound Edge Hi-Hat Cymbals are available again now, for your playing pleasure and for the listening pleasure of the rest of us.

Get your Paiste Formula 602 18” Thin Crash Cymbal from Sam Ash Direct today, with fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price. Sam Ash Direct gives you the security of more than 86 years of experience, 24/7 customer support and the Sam Ash Direct 45 day return and 60 day price protection policy. You cannot go wrong!

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Formula 602 18" Thin Crash Cymbal

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.