Formula 602

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Formula 602 (Blue) Logo
Formula 602 (Blue) Logo
Formula 602 (Black Label) Logo
Formula 602 (Black Label) Logo
Formula 602 (Engraved) Logo
Formula 602 (Engraved) Logo
Formula 602 Black Label Bottom (Hollow) Logo
Formula 602 Black Label Bottom (Hollow) Logo
Paiste cymbal lines catalogue 1980's
Paiste cymbal lines catalogue 1980's
Introduction: 1959
Discontinued: 1994
Re-Introduced: 2011
Labels (Logos) Timeline:
  • 1959 - 1972 - Pre-Serial (Numbers) Black Label
  • 1973 - 1980 - Black Label (Serial Numbers- 6 Digits - Added 1973, but some believe as early as 1971)
  • 1981 - 1994 - Blue Label (Series discontinued sometime in 1994)
  • 2011 - Present - Black Label (8 Digit Serial Numbers, no "Shooting Star" engraving)

Background:

  • Formula 602 sounds are very precise, very clear and very pure. They are suited to acoustic music, jazz, classical performances and recording. Only a delicate touch is required to produce their distinctive, cool and natural response. (1)
  • First B20 cymbal made by Paiste.
  • In the 1960's the Formula 602 line saw the introduction of the Sound Edge Hi-Hat and the Flatride.And in 1975 the Formula 602 Dark Ride was introduced, which would later go on to inspire a new series called Sound Creation.

Innovation:

Alloy: CuSn20, Also known as B20 Alloy.

Quality: Professional

Production: Hand hammered and hand lathed bronze. According to an issue of Ludwig Drummer (1966), there are 4 hammerings: machine, hand, machine, and then finished by hand.

Offered as: Formula 602 -- Formula 602 Modern Essentials

Applications: All settings, live and studio.

Users: Jeff Porcaro, Stewart Copeland, Paul Wertico, Bill Bruford, Jim Keltner, Chad Wackerman, Cozy Powell, Carlos Vega, Danny Gottlieb

Sound: Glassy and shimmery. Classic Paiste CuSn20 B20 Bronze. The following description appeared in the 1969 Paiste catalog:

"The sound of your cymbals and the way they are put together distinguish you from other drummers. In Paiste production, it is decided in advance how the cymbals must sound. Also, whether they are going to be Medium Ride or Thin, Medium or Heavy, Paper-thin or Hi-Hat cymbals. These cymbals are made according to precisely determined shapes and to measurements with an accuracy with 1/100 of a millimeter. Several technical controls have been built into the production process. These are executed by specialists, using appropriate measuring equipment. Nevertheless, only the trained ear of a drummer can be the final judge of the sound quality. Every cymbal that leaves the plant is flawless, both in material and in sound.

Each cymbal has to meet rigorous standards for sound characteristics and quality. There are 5 specific sound qualities from which to choose. The sizes most in use are between 16" and 20". The complete range, however, includes all sizes between 10" and 28".

SIZZLE cymbals are often discussed among drummers. The important thing is never to use a cymbal of inferior quality, since rivets will not make it better. You should first select the cymbal, MEDIUM or MEDIUM RIDE and then add the rivets. Six of these set about 1 1/4" from the outer edge, give a good effect. Upon request selected cymbals will be delivered with the rivets already mounted.

Many drummers own several cymbal-sets and more than one Hi-hat pair. They exchange these according to the music's requirements. Studio musicians require several sets as a matter of course."

Here is a Formula 602 Weight Table for reference / comparison purposes.

Here is a Paiste Weight Table for all Paiste series.








Seven Sound Set Leaflet
Seven Sound Set Leaflet

The Formula 602 series had some sub-series:


Contents

Seven Sound Set

(introduced 1964)

The following description of the Seven Sound Set was printed in Paiste's 1969 catalog:

"A set of seven cymbals each in a new unusual sound-colour. Sound colours the demanding drummer is looking for to enrich his personal cymbal set. Particularly, the SEVEN SOUND SET enables the studio drummer to fulfill the many and often unusual sound demands involved in modern recording and studio work."


Joe Morello Set

Joe Morello Formula 602 ad (1970)
Joe Morello Formula 602 ad (1970)

This is the description offered by Paiste in 1969:

"It is a tribute to the very precise production methods and sound control employed by the Paiste company, that they are able to produce, in quality, exact replicas of the set originally selected. The JOE MORELLO SET fulfills the wish of all those drummers anxious to obtain the cymbal sounds of this fine musician. The JOE MORELLO SET consists of the following cymbal sizes:

  • 1 pair 14" Hi-hat
  • 1 17" cymbal
  • 1 18" cymbal
  • 1 20" cymbal"



Formula 602 Jake Hanna Ad (1964)
Formula 602 Jake Hanna Ad (1964)

Formula 602 Concert Cymbals

Formula 602 Marching Cymbals


Formula 602 Modern Essentials

Formula 602 Modern Essentials (Logo)
Formula 602 Modern Essentials (Logo)

Video Introduction: Modern Essentials Introduction Video

Introduction: January 2013

Background: Forged from the legendary «602 Bronze» (CuSn20), offering a complete new wide and dynamic sound dimension, developed in close collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta, handcrafted from start to finish by highly skilled Swiss craftsmen, conceived and executed according to Vinnie’s uncompromising sound concepts for a wide all-round application. 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. (5x)

Innovation:

Alloy: CuSn20, Also known as B20 Alloy.

Quality: Professional

Production:

Offered as: Formula 602 -- Formula 602 Modern Essentials

Applications: Low to medium loud settings •especially well-suited for recording, live • extremely versatile cymbals for a wide range of music styles such as Pop, Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, R&B, Country, Folk, acoustic music

Users: Vinnie Colaiuta

Sound: Deep, full, rich, warm, lively, silvery, dynamic, controlled and precise • Cymbals that combine clarity, consistency with deepness and warmth, yet providing a modern versatile sound character with dynamic, potent, well balanced qualities and a responsive, soft feel









Information from:

  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual 1988-89
  • PAISTE/Ludwig Seven Sound Set Leaflet
  1. Paiste "Six Cymbal Lines" Ad 1981
  2. Paiste 2013 Website

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