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Discontinued:1986* A few from 1988 have been found though.
- Paiste 404 have a good sound, they project and give a true cymbal feel. Made with Paiste know-how, they represent quality at a small investment. Perfect for the demanding student seeking sound value. (1)
- Paiste's budget B8 line, below the mid-range 505s and professional 2002s, but still made from the distinctive CuSN8 bronze... No longer in production, the 404s crop up from time-to-time on eBay - they are reasonably well though-of by today's drummers, most of whom believe the 404s to be far superior to currently produced budget models from any manufacturer...
Innovation: Affordable cymbals similar to the 505's.
Quality: Entry Level to Semi Professional
Applications: All applications, to include live and studio.
Users: Beginner to intermediate drummers looking for something better than an off-the-shelf pack of brass rubbish that's still with their budget... Anyone looking for gig-able cymbals at bargain prices...
Sound: Not complex, but not displeasing to the ear...
Here is a Paiste Weight Table for all Paiste series.
Information not from the Paiste.com site, but from my own head instead...:)
- Paiste "Six Cymbal Lines" Ad 1981
- Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1986