i have talked with several who believe as you and i that pst5's blend well. i have a pst5 18" thin crash that blends great with my alpha rock crashes. The only high end cymbals (as i dont using this term) are 2002 splashes... i buy alphas (im a paiste/zildjian dealer) i can get anything i want at cost. but i choose to go alpha cause of the sound, not price.ShadowDrummer":1tlu3p73 said:Even the PST 5 series holds up strong live and in studios. I've even played them among signatures and 2002's for recording and they blended just fine naturally.