Zildjian cymbal dating stamps
What you will need to know There really is only one method of ascertaining the age of a zildjian cymbal and that is the Manufacturer’s stamp that is enbossed onto each cymbal.
The stamps were each used for a period of years and each one is slightly different.
A further complication is that there seem to be transition periods between stamps when both seem to have been used. Be aware that sizes may or may nor conform to an exact measurement. Most Vintage cymbals are thinner and therefore lighter than their modern equivalent.
Tip: thin cymbals have a lower pitched, more ‘trashy’ and less pingy sound than thicker cymbals When purchasing look for a weight – usually given in grammes Cymbals have a weight : size ratio and there are several common conventions for defining ‘heavy’, ‘medium’ and ‘light’.
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.
In fact I once heard that they started using serial numbers not for their own use per say but so schools and institutions could keep track of instruments in inventory.We know Avedis Zildjian started production in 1929 in the Quincy, Massachusetts USA. Hard to see in this photo is the "genuine turkish cymbals, made in usa" but it's there, it's a complete logo.This is a rough guide to help estimate the age of your cymbal. 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. First Stamp 1920s-1930s Very rare case of a misprint.I found the ordering experience was one of the most rewarding I have had online shopping as I was able to order what I wanted and customize it too!
I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum.
I also get people asking what factory a drum might have shipped from or the exact month a drum was made or even the production numbers etc.