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Dating vintage zildjian cymbals

From 1968 to 1970, the Azco factory produced Zilco cymbals.

In early 1977, Armand Zildjian was appointed president of the Avedis Zildjian Company by his father.

Soon after, Robert Zildjian split from the company amidst conflict with his brother, Armand.

In 1970, Zildjian needed all their production capabilities at Azco for their regular Zildjian line, so the factory in Quincy (the then location of Zildjian) would send up castings to be finished into cymbals at Azco. Zildjian Istanbul and the Avedis Zildjian Company had worked together to make the same Zildjian cymbals after years of competing with each other. Within four years (1980), all K Cymbals were being made in the Norwell, USA plant, because the Ks demanded far more oversight.

Armand worked with friends, the great Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, to relaunch the K series.

Zildjian's sheet bronze cymbals are made out of identical bronze discs, which are shaped, hammered, and lathed to their direct specifications.

These cymbals have a higher pitch than their cast bronze counterparts and produce a more consistent sound.

In appreciation, the Sultan gives Avedis 80 gold pieces and the family name 'Zildjian,' which means 'cymbal smith' in Armenian (Zil is Turkish for 'cymbal,' dj means 'maker' and ian is the Armenian suffix meaning 'son of.' Prior to 1851, the Zildjian Family's cymbals were simply known as "Turkish Cymbals." Avedis Zildjian II was the first in the family to manufacture the cymbals bearing the family name.

During that year, Avedis Zildjian II built a 25-foot schooner and sailed it from Constantinople to Marseilles and then on to London, where he displayed his cymbals at World Trade Fair.

Shortly thereafter, in 1981, Robert started making Sabian cymbals in the Meductic Azco factory.

In keeping with tradition, Armand passed the Zildjian Secret Alloy to his daughters, Craigie and Debbie (14th generation), both of whom continue to run the family business from the current factory in Norwell, Massachusetts.

The Zildjian Company moved from manufacturing noisemakers that frightened the enemies of the Ottoman Empire to manufacturing its cymbals as musical instruments in the 19th century.