paisteIn 1901, Toomas Paiste opened a music publishing business and musical instrument repair shop in St Petersburg, Russia. In 1906, he began manufacturing his own line of cymbals.

Toomas’ cymbal manufacturing business continued to expand through the years despite being interrupted by several moves. Because of the war, he first moved his family and business to Tallinn in Estonia in 1917. Then it was on to Poland in 1940 where they endured extreme difficult conditions

In 1945, it was onward to Germany, and then finally in 1957, the family settled in Switzerland where they were able to establish a new production facility under the direction of Toomas’ son, Michael.

Today, Michael Paiste’s two sons, Toomas and Robert, with both the German and Swiss operations as the main manufacturing locations, now run the Paiste Company. But, the debate rages on about the proper pronunciation of the Paiste name.

The Paiste Company’s website indicates, the correct pronunciation for “Paiste” is “pie’-stee,” rhyming with the word, “feisty.”

As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cymbals, gongs and metal percussion, Paiste manufactures cymbals the same way for over fifty years.

The Paiste Company’s pride in cymbal manufacturing is evident by their commitment to hand test each and every finished cymbal. If a particular finished cymbal does not conform to their exact standards, it is simply destroyed! Paiste will only allow cymbals of perfect quality and consistency to be sold and shipped to their customers.

The Official Paiste Website


Some of the most notable drummers that play, or have played, Paiste:
Hellhammer – Mayhem
Eric Carr – Kiss
Nick Mason – Pink Floyd
Phil Rudd – AC/DC
Ricardo Balleza – Ex godless, Ex Elite 4 Independent
Frank Beard – ZZ Top
Charlie Benante – Anthrax
John Bonham – Led Zeppelin
Bill Bruford – Yes, Earthworks, King Crimson
Danny Carey – Tool
Stewart Copeland – The Police
Luis “chocs” Campos – Collinz Room
Dave Lombardo – Slayer
Chad Butler – Switchfoot
Nicko McBrain – Iron Maiden
Clive Burr – Iron Maiden
Larry Mullen Jr. – U2
Ian Paice – Deep Purple
Carl Palmer – Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Jeff Porcaro – Toto
Herman Rarebell – Scorpions
Alex González – MANA
Alfonso André – Caifanes and Jaguares
Scott Rockenfield – Queensrÿche
Gina Schock – The Go-Go’s
Tommy Lee – Mötley Crüe
Scott Travis – Judas Priest
Alex Van Halen – Van Halen
Arvid Filipsson – The Fragments
David Silveria – Korn
Joey Jordison – Slipknot
Josh Freese – A Perfect Circle
Jukka Nevalainen – Nightwish
Tico Torres – Bon Jovi
Zbigniew Robert Promiński “Inferno” – Behemoth
John Dolmayan – System – a Down
Marko Atso – Metsatöll
Cozy Powell – Rainbow and Black Sabbath
Andy – Leonidas
Keith Moon – The Who
Rick Buckler – The Jam
Ryan Huddleston – Violent Affair
Jason Mcgerr – Death Cab for Cutie
Tommy Ramone – The Ramones
Marky Ramone – The Ramones

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