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Paiste 2002 Logo - Current
Paiste 2002 Logo - Current
2002 (Re-Issue) Black Logo
2002 (Re-Issue) Black Logo
Black Label Logo Engraving - 1970's
Black Label Logo Engraving - 1970's

Introduction: 1971

Label (Logo) Timeline:

  • 1971 - 1972 - Pre-Serial (Numbers) Black Label
  • 1972 - 1980 - Black Label (Serial Numbers - 6 Digits - Added 1972)
  • 1981 - 1994 - Red Label, 6 Digit Serial Numbers
  • 1994 - Present - 8 Digit Serial Numbers instead of 6, Red Labels continue
  • 2002 - 2003 - Limited Edition Black Label Reissues. Unlike the original Black Labels, these had 8 Digit Serial Numbers.


Background:

  • Introduced in 1971 in response to Beat and Rock music that required a cymbal to be able to cut through frequencies and volume levels that the Giant Beat series could not.
  • Paiste 2002 are energetic cymbals developed for electric music. They mike up easily. The sound is very lively, full and brilliant. They are much favored by some of the world's top rock drummers. (1)

Innovation: Created by fusing the power of the Giant Beat with the musicality of the Jazz line Formula 602, the first cymbal series for electronically amplified musical was born - 2002. Using Paiste's CuSn8 alloy, also known as "2002 Bronze", it is a Professional Level cymbal. Hand Hammered and Hand Lathed, and created by employing proprietary manufacturing methods, it is one of the most versatile cymbal series on the market for over 30 years.

Alloy: CuSn8 - Also known as "2002 Bronze"

Quality: Professional

Production: Manual craftsmanship, hand hammering, hand lathing.

Applications: All volume settings, live and studio. From medium soft to very loud settings, its brilliant warmth and precise tone have made it a favorite of drummers worldwide.

Users: Working musicians, enthusiasts, all players who need energy and drive and want their cymbals to cut through the music in all settings. Notable past and present 2002 players include: John Bonham, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Phil Rudd, Alex Van Halen, Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Stewart Copeland, Bobby Blotzer, Jeff Porcaro, Nick Mason, Gina Schock (The Go-Go's), Tommy Lee, Ian Haugland (Europe), Chester Thompson (Genesis), Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford, Charlie Benante, Art Blakey, Frank Beard , Nicko McBrain...

Sound: Bright, warm, brilliant, musical, precise with high energy levels and powerful projection characteristics.


Here is a 2002 Weight Table for reference / comparison purposes.

Here is a Paiste Weight Table for all Paiste series.



Contents

2002 Models In Production

Paiste 2002
Paiste 2002
Paiste 2002 Bottom Logo (Current)
Paiste 2002 Bottom Logo (Current)
Paiste Percussion Set
Paiste Percussion Set







2002 DISCONTINUED Models & Sizes

2002 22" Power Bell Ride
2002 22" Power Bell Ride
2002 17" Full Crash
2002 17" Full Crash
2002 15" Heavy Hi-Hat (Reflector Logo)
2002 15" Heavy Hi-Hat (Reflector Logo)





Paiste Percussion Set
Paiste Percussion Set


The 2002 series from 1971 to 1980 - "Black Labels"

Black Label 22" Ride
Black Label 22" Ride

By the late 1960's Rock and Roll music was becoming more and more sophisticated. In order to meet the demands of loud, amplified music, Paiste introduced the 2002 series in 1971. Top Rock 'n' Roll drummers of the '70's incorporated 2002s into their set ups, including Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin). During this time the 2002 line featured black (rubber stamped) lettering on top, and a hollow logo on the bottom. Paiste collectors often refer to this original series as "Black Labels". This original series didn't offer many different models, but Paiste did offer them in a variety of sizes not available today. [1] Paiste was the first cymbal company to put serial numbers on their products. And beginning around 1973, these serial numbers had 6 digits, with the first number being the year, i.e. 456789 = 1974, 901234 = 1979, etc. In the 1970's, Paiste arguably was the No. 2 cymbal company in the world.

The 2002 series from 1981 to 1986 - "Red Labels" to the Planned Phase Out

2002 Novo China
2002 Novo China

2002s became an important component of music in the 1980's. From Pop to Rock, New Wave to Heavy Metal, 2002s were "the other choice" for drummers looking for their own sounds. It was during this era that Paiste made a few changes to the 2002 line. The black, rubber-stamped logos now were silk-screened red starting around 1981. There were many new models and sizes, including the Heavy Crash (designed to meet demands of then-current trends in Heavy Metal), and the Novo China Type, which was introduced at NAMM in 1983. The "Novo", as it is often nicknamed, was originally called "Inverted China". It has a round bell unlike the regular 2002 China Type, but more importantly, it features a profile that allowed it to be mounted upside down. To this day, Paiste is the only company to offer such a China.(+)
In the early 1980's the following models and sizes had been added to the series: Splashes in 8", 10" and 12" sizes, a 10" Bell, 16" China Type, and the Power Ride.
Also, given the new emphasis on stage appeal, certain models were available in Paiste's Reflector finish for an additional $10 charge. The year 1986 saw the introduction of a few new Paiste lines. Among these was the 3000 line, which was designed to replace the 2002s.
(It should be noted that Sabian did offer a similar cymbal in their now discontinued Radia series, that was made in cooperation with former Paiste endorser Terry Bozzio.)


Re-Introduction & The 1990's "Everclassic"

1989 2002 Ad
1989 2002 Ad
2002 RUDE
2002 RUDE
Starting in 1986 or 1987, Paiste limited the production models of the series. Due to the negative response, the line went into full production in 1988/89. Although never printed on the cymbals, this new era of 2002 became known as the "Everclassic" 2002 series; many ads in drumming publications from this time make reference to this name. For awhile Paiste had six (6) professional lines of cymbals: Signature (then called simply Paiste), 3000, 2002, 2000, Sound Creation, and Formula 602.
2002 RUDE
2002 RUDE

Even as the Signature series became wildly popular, the 1990's were a slow growth period for many of Paiste's lines. As the decade rolled on, several lines were phased out. The 3000 series that was once regarded by the company as the next flagship line, was discontinued in 1994 (The 2000 and 1000 series were also discontinued by the mid-1990's). The RUDE cymbals that were in the 3000 and 1000 lines were then added to the 2002s. RUDEs would remain there until 1999 when they would become their own line again, as they were when Paiste first introduced them in 1980. Many cymbal sizes were discontinued, as the esoteric music styles Paiste once catered to diminished in popularity including small sized Rides and huge Crashes and China Types. This decade would see a few new models added to the 2002 series, like the Power Crash (1994), Power Bell Ride (1995), Extra Heavy Hi-Hat ( 1994), and the Power Splash ( 1995). Also, Around 1994, the 2002 series serial numbers went to 8 digits, with the first two numbers indicating year of production, i.e., 97123456 = 1997.

2002 Special Edition Cymbals

2002 Special Edition Cymbals
2002 Special Edition Cymbals

In January 2002, Paiste announced the availability of selected 2002 series models in a "Special Edition" issue. The cymbals were faithful reproductions of vintage 2002s. No changes to current manufacturing methods were required as the hand crafting of 2002 cymbals has not changed in the past 30 years. They featured the original hand stamped logos as used in the early 1970's.

These "Special Edition" models were made available to commemorate the line's 30 year anniversary, and in response to requests for a special celebration of the cymbals in the year synonymous with its name. 2002 Special Edition models were accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. They were only be manufactured during the year 2002.

Certificate worded as follows:

"Paiste 2002 is one of the most successful and legendary musical instrument brands ever. Created for the needs of a totally new generation of musicians, 2002 cymbals have been part of a sound that changed the world of music. During the 1960's Beat and Rock music took the world by storm. A prevalent feature of the new music was the extensive use of electronic amplification. To answer this sound challenge, Paiste began creating cymbals from 8% Bronze, and so the Giant Beat series was born. As the new music styles matured and evolved, the requirements of cymbal sound became more complex. The answer was a fusion of forceful Giant Beat and sophisticated Formula 602 sound qualities. The resulting cymbals were introduced in 1971 and christened '2002', a number at once reminiscent of the '602' and expressing a completely revolutionary concept by choosing a year far ahead in the future. Since this year has actually arrived, and the cymbals are still made successfully, it seemed appropriate to celebrate the more than 30 years of history of one of the most influential musical instruments ever created. Thus, this certificate accompanies a 'Special Edition' 2002 cymbal, as recorded below by its model name and serial number. 'Special Edition' 2002 cymbals are identical to the cymbals manufactured in the early 1970's, a condition easily achieved since 2002 cymbals have been made exactly that way ever since. The one concession to history is the application of brand and model designations using the traditional black, hand stamp method. We hope you enjoy this magnificent musical instrument, which, due to the limited manufacture only in 2002 is sure to become a cherished collector's item."

These cymbals had an 8 digit serial number, unlike the 1970's 2002s which only had 6.


The New Millennium

2002 22" Rock Bell Ride
2002 22" Rock Bell Ride

Responding to the nostalgia craze of the mid-2000s, some larger models were re-introduced. Besides these, many new models came out during this decade, some carried over from the Dimensions series. Among these were the "Rock" cymbals, Crunch Hats, Dry Ride, and the Cool Ride. At medium-thin, this is probably the lightest ride ever in the series. Paperthin, Full Crash, and Thin Crash, all offered in other series before, were now made available as a 2002 for the first time. Paiste also added the "Wild" series that featured the Reflector finish, and hammering unlike a 2002. It is an interesting note that for perhaps the first time, 2002 has featured intricate hammering on select models very much unlike the traditional style. The Rock Bell Ride at the right is a good example of this hammering.

Cooperating with Alex Van Halen, Paiste introduced the 2002 24" Big Ride in 2010. The cymbal features Giant Beat design parameters and character, while utilizing a 2002 finish.


Information from the Paiste.com site[2]

  • 1979 Paiste Catalog [3]
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1986
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1987-1988
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1988-1989
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1990
  • Modern Drummer Buyer's Guide, 1993
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1995/96
  • Modern Drummer Equipment Annual, 1997/98
  • Modern Drummer, June 1983, pg. 122 "Paiste Introduces Inverted China"
  • Modern Drummer, September 2002, pg. 4 2002 Limited Edition Cymbals ad
  1. Paiste "Six Cymbal Lines" Ad 1981

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