Terry Mabey

The Southern Blues Kings

Terry Mabey


Paiste Artist Since
November 1970

United Kingdom

Main Affiliation
The Southern Blues Kings

Other Affiliations
Pete Mitchell's Drive
Paul Saxby
Roy Orbison

„I have been playing Paiste Cymbals for around 40 years now, since I purchased my first Paiste 20 inch heavy ride Formula 602 Blue Label. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of the Paiste family.“


Terry Mabey

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Twenty Light Hats (discontinued)
19" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I
20" Signature Dark Energy Ride Mark I
18" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I


I did my first pro tour in January 1960 with Gary US bonds, Gene MacDaniels and Johnny Burnett. I went on from there to work/tour with The Walker Brothers, Scott Walker, Billy Fury, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney and Roy Orbison. My claim to fame is that whilst we were touring the UK with Roy Orbison we went into the studio for a day and recorded 12 tracks. One of them was "Pretty Woman". I am pleased to be playing on the original recording of such a classic. Other visiting American artists I played for were Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. British artists: Cliff Richard, Ritchie Blackmore (his early bands), Rick Wakeman, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, Des O’Connor, Bruce Forsyth . I toured Europe with the James Royal Set. We had two number one hits “Call my name” and “She’s about a Mover”. Then followed a funk fusion band called Nightlife. Round about 1995, I came off the road for a while and started teaching, doing clinics and workshops and corporate events. The year 2000 saw me back on the road with the Diana Terry Big Band. 2008 Paul Saxby album tour 2009 Pete Mitchell’s Drive 2009-2015 Teaching 2015-2020 The Southern Blues Kings

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    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 I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds