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Dating a zildjian cymbal

These stamps are the only reliable way to determine the age of the cymbals.The engraved stamp cannot be erased because it is in the metal.

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The date of a cymbal is important because different periods in the evolution of the modern drum set are marked by distinct acoustic potentials.Vintage Italian cymbals were produced by a collective: the “Union of Italian Cymbal Manufacturers” (Italian: Unione Fabbricanti Italiani Piatti) or UFIP, under many different brands.Click here to see a timeline of Italian cymbals from the UFIP group.Some stories tell about drumshops stamping cymbals according client preferences. Introduction Introduction to Cymbal Stamp Timelines This website offers information about the age of cymbals based on the “stamps” found on them.Cymbals are engraved with a trademark by the maker.I became fascinated with the story of the oldest Chinese cymbals in vintage collections in the United States, and the Chinese Cymbal Timeline is the result.

Click here to see a timeline of early Chinese cymbals imported to the US.

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.

History The Zildjian Family (of Turkey) represents the longest running cymbal-producing lineage outside of China. K erope Zildjian ran the factory that produced the K Zildjian line of cymbals, in Constantinople (Istanbul).

In 1929, Avedis Zildjian III, moved part of the family cymbal business to Massachusetts.

Stamp I used a smaller font which was shorter than the star and moon.