Sabian Neil Peart Paragon Ride CymbalThe new look and sound for NeilWhen Neil Peart plays, he plays Paragon, a personalized range of cymbals created ...Click To Read More About This Product
Designed with the Rush drummer!
Sabian Neil Peart Paragon Ride Cymbal
The new look and sound for Neil
When Neil Peart plays, he plays Paragon, a personalized range of cymbals created for the legendary Rush drummer by SABIAN. Hand crafted from pure SABIAN B20 bronze, Paragon features AA lathing on the bottom, AAX lathing on the top, and hand hammered bells. They respond with the power, brightness and dynamic sensitivity to play any volume and consistently get clean, cutting responses. Subtle logo inking in the form of a special 'Rich Gold' ink completes each cymbal. Paragon is the new look and sound in cymbals for Neil Peart.Subtle looks, powerful sounds for the drummer of RUSH
SABIAN is pleased to announce the addition of Neil Peart to its family of drummers. In association with this, SABIAN is very proud to introduce Paragon, a new range of signature cymbals created in collaboration with Neil Peart, drummer with legendary rockers Rush. Handcrafted from pure SABIAN B20 bronze, Paragon offers subtle looks and powerful sounds. Created using automatic AA-style hammering and an innovative mix of sound-defining features from three SABIAN series, AA, AAX, and Hand Hammered, Paragon defines a new, closer relationship between power and musicality in cymbals that are dynamically responsive, highly durable, and effective in a wide range of applications. The Natural Finish look of these cymbals is enhanced with logo stamping in a subtle 'Rich Gold' ink that is unique to cymbal making.11 hour motorcycle journey
Said Peart, who made his way to the SABIAN 'Vault' from his home in Canada via an 11-hour motorcycle journey: "The first thing I noticed at Sabian was the people - how nice they were - and the second thing was how much of the cymbal-making process was still done by hand; the craftsmen at the lathes cutting the grooves into one cymbal at a time, Charlie Brown with his shy smile and leather apron sitting behind a wooden block with a hammer, and cymbal master Mark Love sonically matching sets of cymbals in the famous Sabian "Vault."Definite about what he was seeking
Commented Love: "Neil was very definite about what he was seeking. He wanted subtle looking cymbals with explosive sounds that would be focused, cutting, and musical."Combination of lathing and hand hammering
Added Peart: "We started with the all-important ride cymbal. At first Mark had its bow lathed, and left the bell raw. Interesting, but a bit "clangy," so he had Charlie Brown give it the hand-hammering treatment. Better, but still lacking in "nuance." Next we tried a combination of lathing and hand hammering on the bell, and presto! That was what I wanted, a sharp, musical sound with a range of complex overtones. I'm not sure if Mark naturally shared my taste in cymbal sounds, or just intuitively responded to what he saw I liked, but he was soon bringing me a selection of crash cymbals and hi-hats that really "worked" for me and the way I played. A few weeks later, he sent me some prototype crash cymbals with AAX "pinpoint" lathing on the top, and the classic Turkish-style AA lathing on the bottom, combined with the hand-hammered bell. The narrower grooves on top made for a fast, lively response, while the traditional wider (AA-style) ones on the bottom gave a full, rich tone. This combination proved to be exactly what I had been looking for in a crash cymbal: a unity of rapid attack and swell around a solid, musical sound with a smooth decay."
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Comments about Sabian Neil Peart Paragon Ride Cymbal:
The cymbal itself is extra heavy weight - in fact the heaviest ride Sabian makes! It also combines 3 lathing processes - AAX lathing on the top, AA lathing on the bottom, and hand hammering on the bell. Weighing in at over 8 pounds, the overall sustain of the cymbal is short with a quick decay. The ping is solid, but well defined. While it is not overly bright or dark (it sits right in the middle), it still slices through music with ease. Sticking is very defined, allowing for intricate busy-sticking without too much buildup. The bell is great. Due to its hand hammered surface, it is piercing, loud, cutting, and, like the bow, well defined. The bell is also integrated, allowing you to hit it without getting a full response from the rest of the cymbal. Also, the size of the bell (about 4 inches across) and the fact that it is raised slightly higher than other rides, makes it easy to hit. My only problem with this cymbal was that, at times, the ride can sound a bit too metallic and clangy, it seemed anvil-like. Other than that, the ride is more than suitable for rock music, while still maintaining a warm enough tone to be suitable for quieter playing. If you are looking for a ride with very little wash, defined sticking, and a neutral ping, this is a very good choice for you.
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