Paiste cymbal dating

paiste cymbal dating

Do 2002 Paiste cymbals have serial numbers?

Very early production 2002s (1971) didnt have the series name stamped below the name Paiste, some also had a border around the the 2002 stamp/emboss. Starting in 1972 there were six digit serial numbers stamped on each cymbal:

How can you tell if a Ludwig cymbal is Paiste or Ludwig?

Well-preserved Ludwig Standards will have a red ink type stamp at the 3 oclock position and later period cymbals also have a black ink Paiste logo above the bell.

Where can I review and compare cymbals?

The Paiste Soundroom is the perfect place to review and compare cymbal models using high fidelity sound files. You can add specific cymbals from “Instruments” or whole setups from “Musicians”.

How can you tell what year a cymbal is?

In these cases, the era of the cymbal can usually be identified, but the exact year may not be determined. Also of important note, cymbals have been found without serial numbers stamped on them from production eras where we might expect them.

How to identify a 2002 Paiste Cymbal?

Very early production 2002s (1971) didnt have the series name stamped below the name Paiste, some also had a border around the the 2002 stamp/emboss. Starting some time during 1972 there were six digit numbers stamped on each cymbal:

When did Paiste start using 8 digit serial numbers?

Sometime in 1995 Paiste started using eight digit serial numbers. In these cases, the first two digits represent the year of production. Therefore 96789012 would be from 1996. Starting in about 2005, MADE IN SWITZERLAND was added to the bottom logo of the 2002 cymbals.

When did the Paiste Black Label cymbals come out?

1972 Giant beats get the Paiste name ink stamp on the black label cymbals, they are never given a Paiste outline logo ink stamp on the bottom of the cymbal. 1972: Serial numbers (on Swiss cymbals), series name ink stamp and Paiste outline logo ink stamp on bottom introduced, True Black Label era stamping begins.

When did the 2002 cymbals start getting serial numbers?

German-made 2002s started receiving serial numbers from about 1973 onwards (see 73 serial number pic below). Some collectors are sure they have 1971 production 2002 cymbals with serial numbers starting with 1xxxxx, they are in fact German made 2002s with a different serial numbering format.

How do you date cymbals?

Dating cymbals is notoriously difficult. While other instruments have incorporated date stamps and serial numbers for years, a working date system wasn’t put in place at Zildjian until 1994. That leaves around six decades’ worth of cymbals primarily identifiable by one thing: the stamp.

How do drummers know what cymbals they have?

What they know is usually based on the biggest marks on the cymbal: the cymbal stamp and cymbal manufacturer logo (if its not rubbed off). Drummers almost always start with the cymbal stamp since it doesnt rub off.

How do I know if my Zildjian cymbals are vintage?

Vintage cymbals, Zildjians included, often weighed less than newer cymbals so drummers often give weights in grams (g) as a clue to when they were made. Rough weights for medium lines of cymbal are 2500-2800g for 22˝, 2050-2300g for 20˝ and 1650-1850g for 18˝. If yours is lighter than that youve got a clue that its an older Zildjian.

How big is a 20˝ cymbal?

Manufacturer sizes arent exact, a 20˝ cymbal can actually be slightly larger or smaller than 20˝. Fun fact: Zildjian As were made in huge sizes of 24˝ and 26˝ as far back as 1948! By the way, if you want to get really accurate you can even measure your cymbal bell!

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