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We know Avedis Zildjian started production in 1929 in the Quincy, Massachusetts USA. In the thirties Zildjian's most popular cymbal measured between 8 and 14 inch, weight paperthin, easily bendable. In the fourties Bebop drummers began to use larger rides and sizzle cymbals.
Ride size ranged up to 30 inch and 16 inch Hihats are known from this era. In the fifties and later little inkstamps on odd shaped models say SWISH, PANG or FLANGED HI-HATS, MEDIUM RIDE etc. This is also known as the 'pre-ink' period, so before mid 1970s when Zildjian started the silkscreen ink stamps on the bottom with the open ink-stamp logo.
Some stories tell about drumshops stamping cymbals according client preferences. Introduction Introduction to Cymbal Stamp Timelines This website offers information about the age of cymbals based on the “stamps” found on them.
Cymbals are engraved with a trademark by the maker.
ZILDJIAN CYMBAL STAMP CHRONOLOGY DATE TIMELINE All Avedis Zildjian cymbals have their name stamped in its bronze. So, it is difficult to exactly determine the period that certain stamps were used.
There is no official track record of the stamps used by Zildjian. The proces of stamping wasn't very accurate and the imprint varies.
The earliest Zildjian cymbals with complete stamps (logo, name, trademark) use the letter “K” for Kerope Zildjian, and are marked with Constantinople as the city of origin.These stamps are the only reliable way to determine the age of the cymbals.The engraved stamp cannot be erased because it is in the metal.I became fascinated with the story of the oldest Chinese cymbals in vintage collections in the United States, and the Chinese Cymbal Timeline is the result.Click here to see a timeline of early Chinese cymbals imported to the US.