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Zildjian

All companies have their history, the Zildjian history starts in 1623

Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the early seventeenth century. While attempting to create gold by combining base metals, he discovered an alloy of copper, tin, and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. In 1618, Avedis used his secret alloy to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was so extraordinary that the Sultan invited Avedis to live at court (Topkapi Palace) 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 in a suburb of Constantinople named Psamatia. 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.

Designed in conjunction with world-class percussionists from all genres - Zildjians's Band, Orchestral, Gongs and Crotales cymbals are the ultimate in craftmanship and sound production. These cymbals provide the quality and consistency for the most demanding student, educator or percussionist player.

K Zildjian cymbals continue to inspire drummers today with their deep, warm, and expressive sounds developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey. Elaborate hammering and lathing techniques work the Zildjian alloy into versatile cymbals that are dark yet well suited for a wide variety of musical genres from jazz to rock.

A Custom Series utilizes radical rotary hammering techniques, thin to medium weights, and a striking brilliant finish to produce a crisp, sweet, and bright sound. Great in any number of playing situations, these cymbals are ideal for contemporary music with their fast response and clean attack.

Zildjian’s classic sound is embodied by A Zildjian and immortalized in countless recordings by the greatest drummers of all time. Known for their versatility, these bright cymbals range from paper thin and delicate to extra heavy and cutting. The Zildjian Sound Lab recently made adjustments to the curvature and weights of its current models to capture the sweet spot of the classic A sound, producing crashes, rides, and hats that reflect today’s musical styles.

The modern voice of the K Family, K Custom cymbals are dark, rich, and dry. Designed with today’s diverse music scene in mind, K Custom is both powerful and vibrant, yet dark and gentle.

Experiment with a variety of effects and accents with this unique, innovative line of cymbals from Zildjian. Add exotic colors and character to your sound with a cymbal from FX Series.

ZHT

Zildjian's signature B12 alloy delivers a rich sounding cymbal that is bright, melodic, and designed for a wide range of musical styles.

Derived from each Zildjian Artist's individual style and custom crafted from the finest woods.

Patented technology effectively reduces unwanted vibrations while maintaining the best attributes of a hickory stick. Great for the drumset, or try them on a practice pad for surprising comfort and feel.

Crafted to the same manufacturing standards as Zildjian Cymbals and guaranteed straight.

This light wood allows for larger diameter sticks without the weight.

Constructed from resin coated plys of U.S. Birch wood, this dense material provides heavier weight, consistency, feel, and durability. Our super-solid cross stick improves instrument projection and brightens tonality. Add this stick to your bag to expand your sound.

Our proprietary DIP® coating makes it easier to hold on to your sticks with a soft grip. It also provides an alternative sound when the butt-end is used on cymbals or drums.

ZBT

Your introduction to the Zildjian family of cymbals. With innovative manufacturing techniques developed in the Zildjian Sound Lab, ZBT delivers a bright, intense sound that cuts through the mix. Also featuring extensive lathing with a traditional finish.

Kerope cymbals draw upon all of Zildjian’s rich history and cymbal-making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K re-creation to date. Each cymbal is meticulously hand-crafted using a 14-step process that encompasses the best of everything we have learned in our 392 years of cymbal making. Crafted and shaped in small batches, each Kerope is made by a small team of skilled craftsmen before the final sound test. The result is a warm, dark and complex sound with a mix of highs lows and a cushion of wash that is both traditional and relevant for today’s music.

  • Available in 14, 15" hi-hats, and 18, 19, 20, 22" models (24" in limited edition)
  • Warm, dark and complex sound with a cushion of wash
  • Unique design gives Keropes an already played-in feel
  • Proprietary patina process replicates the sonic and aesthetic characteristics of a vintage cymbal
  • Gram weights hand-written under the bell of all cymbals
  • For drummers looking to make their first entrance to the Zildjian family, the newly updated Planet Z is the place to start the journey. Crafted in USA of a new nickel-silver alloy, the new Planet Z is a sonically superior cymbal in its price category and is truly worthy of bearing the Zildjian name. No matter what style you play, Planet Z is an easy and affordable way to complete your sound.

    Practice Pads, Cases, Bags, and other useful accessories. Stay stylish while protecting your Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks. With classic Zildjian styles, we cover it all.

    Zildjian don't stop with just sticks. Nor should you. How about brushes? And specialty sticks? This is where we get creative – use them to fuel your own creativity.

    Gen16 combines acoustic and electric components to create a new approach to cymbals. The cymbals are the acoustic portion of the mix – they’re no different from any other Zildjian cymbals except that they've had some of their mass removed to reduce their volume by 60% to 70%. This make them ideal for low volume applications and to be combined with electronic drum kits. Our Direct Source Pickup is a unique sensor that captures the sound of these cymbals much like how a microphone would but with two powerful advantages - there's no threat of feedback or picking up other parts of the kit. The captured signal is then digitally processed by the DCP module using EQ's and other signal processing effects to shape the tone of the cymbal. This allows you to get many different sounds from the same sound source. The greatest benefit of Gen16 is that it allows the player to get the same feel and responsiveness of an actual cymbal in an electronic environment. Dynamics and articulations are fully translated in your playing.

    Project 391 is the first Zildjian Cymbal line crafted from B15 alloy (85% copper, 15% tin), which is known for its consistency and cutting sound. A two-step lathing process imparts a unique surface finish that is both visually and sonically pleasing. From the Zildjian Sound Lab to your drum kit—Project 391.

    Tees, Hats, and other cool stuff. Get branded with the latest offerings from the Zildjian Gear apparel line. Be genuine.

    The legendary K Constantinople is the pinnacle of the Zildjian cymbal line, renowned for it’s perfectly blended sound quality. Complex hammering contributes to the cymbal’s unique sonic identity and dark tones that can be at once cutting and smooth. Drawing on cymbal-making techniques perfected in the Zildjian Sound Lab, K Constantinople cymbals can range from subtle to explosive.

    The Avedis Zildjian Company has developed a new and innovative playing experience with the release of the Low Volume Cymbal series. The L80 Low Volume cymbal is perfect for drummers looking for a quieter sound without losing the authentic feel of a Zildjian cymbal. It is ideal for practice rooms, drum lesson rooms, low volume gigs or any other situation where reduced volumes are required.

    An exhaustive two-year research and design project by the Zildjian Sound Lab results in a new modern cymbal voice from the legendary Zildjian Company. The new S Series from Zildjian is an expressive cymbal with a balanced frequency response, making it suitable for a variety of musical styles. It features a B12 alloy (88% copper, 12% tin) coupled with cutting edge modern manufacturing techniques that produce a cymbal capable of a wide range of musical expression.

  • B12 Alloy: 88% Copper, 12% Tin – produces the perfect balance of low, middle, and high frequencies.
  • Fully Lathed: Top and bottom lathing – crafted to perfection in weight, feel, and sound.
  • Extensive Hammering: Gives these cymbals a dialed-in sonic response throughout all dynamic ranges.
  • Brilliant Finish: Invented by Zildjian, the striking brilliant finish helps open up the sound, providing a bright and shimmery tone.
  • Introducing the “A Avedis” collection, a new addition to the legendary Zildjian “A” family of cymbals. Reminiscent of cymbals from the 30’s through the 60’s, yet distinctly modern and relevant for today’s music, this line is a vintage recreation of the timeless sound and feel heard and played on thousands of top hits throughout the 20th century by the biggest drumming icons.

    The “A Avedis” line is named in honor of Avedis Zildjian III, the father of the modern American cymbal. His innovations, crafted here in America, helped form the backbone of popular music, from swing to bebop to the explosion of rock & roll.For the first time, this legendary sound has been remastered and is now available for a new generation of drummers.

     

     

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