For years Zildjian has been the most respected cymbal manufacturer and their cymbals have been used by drummers in all styles of music. From Rock and Roll to Jazz – drummers have depended on Zildjian for that perfect sound! Zildjian has a little experience at it, being that they go back to 1623! Now that’s experience!!! At Fab Gear we love the tone of Zildjian cymbals and we think you will too. Call us or stop by and let us help you find the set of Zildjian cymbals that will fit your needs…
EVERY COMPANY HAS A STORY: THE ZILDJIAN STORY 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’s 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’s 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.