Second Phase Formula 602 Relaunches
In 1959 Paiste launched the Formula 602 series. Towards the end of the 1980s, Paiste introduced the Signature Series and an overwhelming number of Paiste drummers shifted their attention to Signature Series cymbals. Due to the resulting Signature Series focus, Paiste eventually ceased to manufacture Formula 602 in the early 1990s. Paiste ultimately reintroduced a selection of the most popular classic Formula 602 models in 2011.
The 2020 Relaunch enhances the assortment with heavier weight classic models for louder situations and additional sizes to existing models. The 16-, 17-, 18-, 19-, and 20-inch Medium cymbals are medium heavy, multifunctional cymbals with full, strong crash sound. Especially the larger models are well-suited for ride playing due to their silvery transparency. The 16-, 18-, and 20-inch Heavy cymbals provide drummers with more volume and assertiveness. Their bright, powerful, solid crash sound cuts through even in loud situations. They also perform excellently as versatile ride cymbals with a clear ping.The 14- and 15-inch Heavy hi-hats are perfect for precise, articulate playing thanks to their defined, crisp sound. When played heavily, they cut brightly and powerfully through in louder situations.The crystal-clear sound of the 13-inch Heavy Bell sustains almost endlessly. This extremely thick effect cymbal features a bright piercing ping.
Similar to its smaller equivalent, the 15-inch Sound Edge hi-hat has great softness, finesse and, thanks to the wavy bottom cymbal, an always concise chick sound. This larger model provides more richness and low-end.Thin Crashes, now available in 17- and 19-inch sizes, are sensitive, responsive cymbals for full accents with silvery highs.The elegant, subtle 20-inch Paperthin responds to strokes by sticks, brushes, or hand with deep voluminous breath.
Relaunched Formula 602 cymbals were faithfully recreated using master cymbals in the archives of Paiste. Their authenticity is greatly aided by the fact that Paiste still employs the same traditional hand production techniques as in the 1960s.