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Paiste is a Swiss-based Estonian musical instrument manufacturing company who have been operating and making cymbals 1906. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion and can boast John Bonham amongst their endorsers. Paiste are are responsible for several cymbal-making innovations including the use of B8 bronze as a cymbal alloy, the sound edge hi-hat and unlathed cymbals.

Paiste Formula 602 is one of the world’s most referred and legendary cymbal lines in history. Renown and loved for its fine, pure, soft, delicate musical tone, that requires precise playing. Paiste reintroduced the most popular 602 models, faithfully re-created in terms of sound and look in 2011. Forged from the legendary 602 Bronze (CuSn20 or B20 bronze), handcrafted from start to finish by highly skilled Swiss craftsmen, Formula 602 Classic Sounds cymbals produce a true, pure sound of unique clarity and consistency.

In 2013 Paiste went one step further with the Forumla 602 range, releasing the ‘Modern Essentials’ line. Offering a complete new wide and dynamic sound dimension, the Formula 602 Modern Essentials series was developed in close collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta, conceived and executed according to Vinnie’s uncompromising sound concepts for a wide all-round application. Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials cymbals combine the essence of the Formula 602 Classic Sounds models – transparency and stick definition – with the richness, warmth, darkness and a bit of complexity of the Signature Traditionals series besides providing slightly more ‘pizzazz’ than its Classic Sounds siblings.

Paiste Formula 602 cymbals are ideal for low to medium loud settings, especially well-suited for studio recording. They are extremely versatile cymbals for a wide range of music styles including pop, rock, jazz, fusion, blues, R&B, country, folk, and acoustic music.