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Old 04-02-2018, 04:48 AM
szimn szimn is offline
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Default Ludwig-Paiste 15 HH or crash cymbal

Hi,
I have a old Ludwig-Paiste cymbal that sounds good as a thin crash. But I wanted to know if it was a crash or if I could tell if it was the top of a HH? If there is a suggestion for a heavy bottom 15 to try it as a HH. I would guess at a 602 material.
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:04 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig-Paiste 15 HH or crash cymbal

I wouldn't suggest a 602 bottom, rather, just go on eBay (or wherever) and get another Ludwig Paiste at a cheap price to complete a hi-hat setup (3 Star, Standard, Swiss, or German). Those thin Ludwig Paistes make for really nice small combo hi-hats.

As for whether it's a crash or hi-hat, who knows? The old catalogs write that they offer cymbals from 10" to 22", and I'm quite convinced that they would have just grabbed two 15"s for hi-hat pairings. Also, be careful if you use it as a crash - we're talking NS12 alloy here and therefore quite malleable (bends very easily).
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:28 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig-Paiste 15 HH or crash cymbal

Thanks,
I took it to a drum store in Cleveland and they said it is a crash and that the size might be metric (40 cm?). Since it is Swiss from that time era. It does seem to be thin and makes it a fast crash. It is good that it is still in good shape because it does seem fragile, another reason not to make it a hat. Will probably set it aside for a newer crash.
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