Cymbals have been part of civilization longer than stringed instruments. We as humans like to hit things; it's in our nature. As a part of the cymbals "sonic evolution," nearly every alloy combination has been tried at some point, all to see which one has the perfect hit. LIST PRICE: Unavailable WEBSITE: PAISTE Cymbals have been part of civilization longer than stringed instruments. We as humans like to hit things; it's in our nature. As a part of the cymbals "sonic evolution," nearly every alloy combination has been tried at some point, all to see which one has the perfect hit. Paiste has been a leader in this pursuit and have forged a relationship with Murat Diril from Turkey. Murat Diril has spent his life studying the art of manufacturing bronze for cymbals. The line of "Twenty" cymbals is a collaborative effort with Paiste in which Murat Diril creates blanks in Turkey and Paiste finishes them in Switzerland. It's an amazing innovation, and a sonic delivery that is truly colorful yet clear. Paiste was nice enough to send American Songwriter a "Twenty" party park of various cymbals. I called on the services of local Nashville punk pundit and drum-stick demon, Tucker Tamble. Here's the run down from Tamble's side of town: Hi Hats 13"- great control, what you think of as a traditional sound from a hi hat. 14"- a heavier, thrashed out sound. Good for hard rocking out. China Crash 16"- BIG sound, good control, think King Crimson. 18"- The Widow Maker, an empty dumpster being tossed down an alley. Crash 16"- awesome bright sound, "sounds how a crash is supposed to sound." 18"- Gong-like. Ride 22"- "One of the best rides I have ever played on." Splash 10"- very crisp, "I bet the dude from Stings' band has one of these." There ya go, a complete run down from a real-life drummer. Tucker has one more word of wisdom for the "Animals" of the world just starting out, "Don't let crappy gear make you think that you are a crappy drummer. I used to get very self conscious about my sound because I had crap gear. Then I would go play a show and everyone would tell me I completely rocked. It wasn't me, it was the gear." That's right. Play better than your gear and you will grow beyond it. Or save up your money and get great cymbals like the Paiste "Twenty" Series.