So, you've got a great sounding vintage Zildjian K ride cymbal but you have no idea when it was made: how do you date your vintage Zildjian cymbal? Most people start by searching the internet and guessing at the age of their cymbal based on what they know. What they know is usually based on the biggest marks on the cymbal: the cymbal stamp and cymbal manufacturer logo if it's not rubbed off.
Avedis Zildjian I the first was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the early seventeenth century. While attempting to create gold by combining base metals, he discovered an alloy of copper, tin, and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. InAvedis used his secret alloy to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power.
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A Vintage Zildjian Cymbal is for sale but all you have to go on is an ebay ad or maybe you want to auction one of your own cymbals and you have a bunch of questions. These are the kinds of sensible questions that you need to ask to enable you make a reasonably informed decision despite not being able to handle the cymbal. You need facts of course, but in the world of old zildjians, ballparks are the name of the game and exact facts can be hard to come by.
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The company was founded in Constantinople present-day Istanbul, Turkey by Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century, and is now based in Norwell, Massachusetts. Being nearly years old, Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world. Zildjian also sells drum-related accessories, such as drum sticks and cymbal carriers.
Dating cymbals is notoriously difficult. For the sake of parsing through a reasonable amount of information, this article focuses on the history of A. Zildjian cymbals.
Dating old zildjian cymbals Like a lot of influential people in music, Avedis came from humble beginnings. He must have weighed pounds, and he was baldheaded, with a white goatee and mustache. There are handy kits available that contain assortments of drum hardware, such as washers, felts, and sleeves.