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Riding with the Devil

By Andrew Lentz Published February 12, 2009

What happens when you put monster drummer Alex Van Halen into the same room as the engineers from Swiss cymbalmaker Paiste? Why, you get Reverend Al’s Big Ride — a hellacious two-foot wide slab of 2002 series bronze worthy of the guy who once rocked four bass drums in his setup.

The 24-inch 2002 Big Ride is based on the design parameters and character of the Giant Beat series. The finish is vintage 2002 style. The cymbal features a full, silky, powerful, deep sound character, and a sweet, glassy ping over a big, dark and misty wash, making it a versatile Ride cymbal with great crash-ability, a perfect addition to Alex Van Halen’s very own big signature cymbal sound.

As a tribute to Alex’s collaborative effort in the creation of this unique cymbal, the label “Reverend Al’s Big Ride” and a modified rendition of the principal “exterminator” artwork for Van Halen’s 1984 tour have been placed on the cymbal.

2002 cymbals are entirely made by hand in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.

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