„Enjoying a great relationship with Paiste through Yamaha Music Australia for many years now has allowed me to develop an arsenal of sounds, colours and textures through the many fantastic lines of product Paiste produce. From 2002 to Dark Energy, Masters and Giant Beat, I have more than everything I need to cover any musical situation from live to studio. I’ll never play anything else!“
Cymbals listed from left to right
16" Twenty Medium Light Hats
18" Masters Dark Crash
22" Signature Dark Energy Ride Mark II
20" Masters Dark Crash Ride
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Lee started his musical career at age seven when he was given his first drum kit. Self-taught up to the age of 13, he had his first formal lesson and continued on under Merrick McCallum Drum School until the age of 18. Lee moved to Sydney from regional country NSW and began forging a musical career playing in various bands around Sydney venues. He was recommended to Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) for the drum gig for his side project “Ghostwriters”. After a brief audition he commenced recording and playing extensively in the band. Fast forward to now, Lee has been enjoying his longest running professional gig with Diesel (aka Mark Lizotte) for over 20 years now which has culminated numerous records, countless national television appearances, live videos and thousands of live shows. In and throughout this time, Lee has also recorded and performed live with some of Australia’s most well-known artists including Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton, Daryl Braithwaite, The Whitlams, Rick Price, Alex Lloyd, Shane Nicholson and Philip Jamieson.
Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark II: Tends to be a bit livelier and brighter. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound. Mark II also has a bit more volume potential due to its more open character.
Sizes: 20", 22"
Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson