Zildjian dating stamps

zildjian dating stamps

How do you date Zildjian cymbals?

While other instruments have incorporated date stamps and serial numbers for years, a working date system wasn’t put in place at Zildjian until 1994. That leaves around six decades’ worth of cymbals primarily identifiable by one thing: the stamp.

How do I identify a Zildjian stamp?

Beginning in 1994, Zildjian introduced a laser-engraved serial number on the bottom of the stamp for easy identification. The two letters at the beginning of the numerical sequence distinguish the year. We were unable to load Disqus. If you are a moderator please see our troubleshooting guide.

How do I find the model number of my Zildjian product?

You can contact Zildjian Customer Service with your batch number (second group of digits) and unique serial (the last group of digits) and they can tell you the model information. In some cases it is obvious given the production year, diameter, bell shape, lathing, and weight.

How do you date cymbals?

Dating cymbals is notoriously difficult. While other instruments have incorporated date stamps and serial numbers for years, a working date system wasn’t put in place at Zildjian until 1994. That leaves around six decades’ worth of cymbals primarily identifiable by one thing: the stamp.

What are the parts of a Zildjian cymbal stamp?

The stamps of an A. Zildjian cymbal are comprised of two parts: an upper section in Arabic and a lower bit in English. The English section, though changing slightly in detail over time, reads “Avedis Zildjian Co, Genuine Turkish Cymbals, Made in U.S.A.”

What makes Zildjian cymbals sound so good?

Until 1964 all Zildjian cymbals were hand hammered. This made them very thin which gives a deeper ‘trashy’ sound than thicker cymbals and is a major part of the reason why they have such appeal. The hand hammering and the varying thicknesses also mean that each cymbal is highly individual, consider it like speaking with an accent.

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