Paiste 22" Masters Collection Dark Crisp Ride Cymbal

The Paiste Twenty line has been around for some time, and about a year ago, they introduced the Masters Series in the Twenty line. They are B20 alloy, and are some of the most musical cymbals I have ever tested.

There are several models in the Masters Series, and the one I obtained for review is the Dark Crisp Ride. I don't know how they name cymbals, but this one implies some low tones but a bright ping, and that is exactly what it has. The serendipity is that all the peaks are about the same height, so the wash sounds like a melody.

Because of its dark background, but bright ping and musical wash, this cymbal could be used for jazz or rock. It rides beautifully, with the cymbal seeming to absorb the energy of the sticking rather than rebound it back into the player's hand.

The Close-up shows that both the hammering and lathing are not the same distance apart.



  • Manufacturer Line: Twenty Masters Collection
  • Type: Ride
  • Style: Medium
  • Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
  • Diameter: 22"
  • Metal Work: Pneumatic Hand Hammered, Hand Lathed, Natural Finish
  • Weight: 4.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $798 USA; Street Price $494
  • Paiste

The spectrum shows some nice peaks from 320 Hz - 1 kHz, then a slight dip, and a slow rise from 3 kHz to 12 kHz, which gives the cymbal the bright ping. The response attenuates quickly from 12 kHz to 14 kHz, with a slow decline to 40 kHz.


The ping hangs around for awhile with this cymbal, which is part of its very musical sound quality.


Click HERE to listen to an MP3 audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds.