Dating a zildjian cymbal
They brought a few cymbalsmiths from Istanbul to Canada following the shutdown of the Turkish foundry. Read more about the K Zildjian cymbals from Canada and later USA.
Also now the font for the word “Istanbul” is as tall as the star and moon.We know Avedis Zildjian started production in 1929 in the Quincy, Massachusetts USA. 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.Ride size ranged up to 30 inch and 16 inch Hihats are known from this era. In the fifties and later little inkstamps on odd shaped models say SWISH, PANG or FLANGED HI-HATS, MEDIUM RIDE etc. This is also known as the 'pre-ink' period, so before mid 1970s when Zildjian started the silkscreen ink stamps on the bottom with the open ink-stamp logo.These hats are amazing by the way and in great condition in every way.These would’ve been imported by Gretsch between 1926 when Gretsch became the sole importer & 1930 and can be seen in old catalogs.Before the Swish and Trash cymbals, there was the imported cymbals of China.
Made from the same bronze formula as Turkish cymbals (B20), the Chinese used a completely different method to produce their cymbals.
Click here to see a timeline of K Istanbul cymbals .
The Avedis Zildjian company started making K Zildjian cymbals in a factory in Medutic, Canada in 1977.
Stamp I used a smaller font which was shorter than the star and moon.
Old Stamp IIb (1949-1950) Old Stamp IIIa (1950-53) Old Stamp IIIb (1953-1956) Old Stamp IVa (1957-58) Intermediate Stamp (1959-1966) 11 comments I have a set of 14″ K Zildjian & Cie Hi Hat/Orchestra cymbals with the G stamp on the edge so I’ve spent a great deal of time researching the timeline.
I found that when Turkey got it’s independence in 1923 they changed the name to Istanbul which was what they (the Turks) had always called it.