One of the longest running companies in the world, the Zildjian Cymbal Company began in 1623!
From humble beginnings, Avedis 1st discovered a secret process for creating alloys and applied it to the art of cymbal making.
Revered for their extraordinary clarity and sustain, the Sultan of Constantinople began to request the cymbals were used by his band.
So in love with these cymbals was the Sultan that he gave Avedis the Zildjian family name.
Literally meaning “Son of Cymbal Maker”, the start of the world’s biggest cymbal company began in Samatya, Constantinople.
Since then the secret Zildjian cymbal making process has been passed through the family.
In the 1930s Zildjian began to develop a life-long relationship Gene Krupa who helped them to adapt marching cymbals to work within the emerging drum kit set up.
It was during this time that Avedis began to develop and name the Paper Thin Crash, Ride, Splash, Hi-Hat and Sizzle cymbals. Terms adopted by all cymbal producers today.
Working to build upon their knowledge and meet the demands of drummers, the Zildjian company continued to develop relationships with leading artists of the day including Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams.
The 1960s saw the introduction of the Zildjian New Beat Hi-Hats which quickly became a standard choice for drummers of all styles.
Used by Ringo Starr of The Beatles during their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the demand for Zildjian cymbals exploded!
Since then Zildjian have continued to develop and progress. Relaunching the Zildjian K in 1981 renamed as the Kerope.
They also introduced the first set of hi-hats to combine cymbals from 2 different ranges in the form of the popular K/Z Hi-Hats.
From the A Custom range, the K Constantinople and the K Custom Hybrid to the modern Gen16 series, Zildjian continues to build upon their heritage to deliver new and innovative sounds.
So, from splashes and sticks to crashes and rides, whether you’re a beginner looking for your first set of cymbals or you’re an advanced player seeking out a specific tone, Zildjian offer a range of cymbals to ensure you find the sound you need.
If it’s quiet practice you require, then the L80 Low Volume Cymbals were made for you.
Meanwhile, Zildjian have progressed into newer technologies in the form of their electro acoustic Gen16 cymbals, offering new tonal possibilities to the modern drummer.
And throughout, Zildjian continue to produce some of the most popular cymbal ranges in the world, from the dark, rich sound of the K Constantinople, Kerope, K Custom and K Zildjian series to the bright and sweet tone of the A Avedis, A Zildjian and A Custom ranges.
Not only that, Zildjian also began to produce their own range of Zildjian Drumsticks in 1988 before joining with Vic Firth in 2010.
No matter what style you play or what sound you’re looking for, Zildjian have the cymbals to help you achieve the tone you need.
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