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date: 21 January 2021

Paiste & Sohnlocked

  • James Blades
  • , revised by James Holland


Manufacturers of gongs and cymbals . The firm originated in 1909 in St Petersburg, but in 1917 the family moved to Estonia. Owing to the prevailing political situation Michael Paiste lived for a time in China, later in New York, but at the age of 17, he returned to Estonia where he became involved in the manufacture of cymbals. His experiences in the East induced him to add the craft of gong making to the Paiste organization. In 1939 the firm moved to Gdynia, Poland, and in 1945 to Schacht-Audorf, Schleswig-Holstein. The factory in Rendsburg was opened in 1951, and in 1957 a second factory was built in Nottwil, Switzerland; Robert and Thomas Paiste, the owners, are the sons of Michael Paiste.

The firm produces cymbals of all types, tam-tams ranging from 51 to 200 cm in diameter, various types of gong, including a series of tuned (cupola) gongs covering a compass of over four octaves (...

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