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ZILDJIAN cymbals

Cymbals with tradition

ZILDJIAN is worldwide one of the leading manufacturers for cymbals

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Constantinople in the 17th century: The Armenian alchemist Avedis ZILDJIAN I. attempts to create gold. Combining various metals to an alloy of copper, tin and traces of silver he created cymbals of spectacular clarity and power.

The sound of the instruments was so extraordinary that the Sultan invited Avedis to live at court to make cymbals for the Sultan's elite Janissary Bands. As Avedis' reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name "ZILDJIAN" in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning "son of cymbal maker."

In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace in order to start his own business. That same business is now nearly four centuries old and has been passed down to ZILDJIAN heirs for fifteen generations. Relocating to America in 1929, Avedis III moved the ZILDJIAN factory to Quincy, MA and then to its current location in Norwell, MA for ZILDJIAN's 350th Anniversary.

The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand's daughter, Craigie, in 1999. Currently, Craigie and her sister Debbie continue the family tradition in what is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.

ZILDJIAN is worldwide one of the leading manufacturers for cymbals. The range covers crash, ride, hihat, china and special cymbals. The main series of cymbals are K-ZILDJIAN, K-Custom, Kerope and A-ZILDJIAN. ZILDJIAN also produces drumsticks.

Some of the most renowned drummers play ZILDJIAN: Simon Phillips (Toto), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Eric Singer (KISS), Trilok Gurtu, Denis Chambers (Santana), Travis Barker (Blink-182) and many more.

 

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