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Old 12-02-2009, 07:35 PM
AZBill AZBill is offline
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Default Paiste 505's

I was curious if anyone has an idea of the value (don't need a $$ figure, just if they are) and history on the 505 Series "symbols" (that's a joke) and why they went away. Were they cheap and undesirable? Didn't sell well? I bought a 505, 20" crash back in '80 and I still play it, today. It has a nice dry, yet pleasantly large sound and can even be used as an accent-ride (if that's what you'd call it). Again, just curious. Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:31 PM
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In their day they were marketed as intermediate B8's...in between the 404's and the 2002's.

With that said, by today's standards I have found them to be significantly better than their original intent. I think they blow contemporary Alphas away, really...no contest.

They fetch pretty decent $ on eFlay....'hats often top $100/pair, 16" crashes get about $80+, and the rides can get to about $125 for a 20". The only one I have ever owned which was unimpressive was the heavy ride...just too heavy, not enuff life to 'em. But the mediums or lighter were nice B8's.

They are very respectable.... symbols...
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:36 PM
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I LOVE this line. I've had several of these in the thin and medium weights. Outstanding. Sincerely. They are actually a bit darker than one would imagine. Mine are very very smooth. I've still got a set of 15 inch hats in a light and medium weight. oooooohhhhh so sweeeeeet.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:02 AM
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I had a 22" heavy ride that I bought in the 80's and played for over 20 years, it was a great ride.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:51 AM
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i use the 505 medium hats. great pair for Ringo esque washy sounds
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:53 PM
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Default Re: Paiste 505's

Cool. Thanks for the feedback. I couldn't find any info on the Paiste website (maybe not patient enough to spend the time) to see why the seires was discontinued (progress, I suppose). Keeping an eye on some 505 hats on fleabay. I currently use an old set of Z-hats from the late '70's (heavy bottom, medium top), which I find are fairly versatile. Just love that Paiste stuff, though. We'll see.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:12 PM
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I had a 22" heavy ride that I bought in the 80's and played for over 20 years, it was a great ride.


My 22" 505 Heavy Ride is still my "go-to" ride. I also have an 18" Heavy ride that I use when the gig calls for it....I keep my 18" Sound Creation Dark Ride for studio work...but live....I always use a 505 ride...

I love 505's.....I also have 14" hats, a 16 crash (just turned it into an "O-zone" crash) & a 10" splash....they're nice...but nothing beats the rides IMHO....
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:49 PM
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I have a 20in 505 Ride that I kept because I thought it sounded more pretty than a Zildjian from the 70s that I had. It certainly has nice bright beauty to it, though honestly, I wish the bell was a bit more loud and articulate - it is also a bit difficult to play for some reason. But the rest of the cymbal I love.

Does anyone else have the same frustration with the 505 bells?

I am using 404 crashes (black label) and am eager to hear a recording that I cut last week....needs a bit of mixing. Just a demo - but eager to hear how good the 404s will sound.

BTW, love my 400 HHs Actually the trick is to use it with a heavy bottom (of any kind), especially the soundedge, mastersound, soundwave, etc.

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:20 PM
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I had a 22" heavy ride that I bought in the 80's and played for over 20 years, it was a great ride.
love my 22 heavy
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