Dating zildjian stamps
If this is your cymbal for sale, don’t be discouraged, re-list it and try again.
If there’s no reserve on a vintage zildjian or if there is a low reserve then for the investor or collector it can represent a ‘wee find’ but be aware just as there are simply amazing old Zildjians there are also not-so-hot pies out there: Although the ‘name’, ‘age’ and ‘markings’ may be right, there is always a chance of disappointment with the actual sound of it. Assuming that you will be using e Bay, buying or selling; You will have to check what is for sale.
Nice hihat bottom for todays standards, but maybe a 'ride' in 1941?
Trans Stamp 1940s-1950s This is the second type Zildjian stamp, also known as the Transition stamp. Notice the absence of the 3 dots in the Arabic logo. After Aram moved to the USA in 1928 he and Avedis, start the Avedis Zildjian company, Gretsch didn't use the &Cie trademark and Avedis claimed it in 1958. Zildjian&Cie, Constantinople trademark, owned by Fred Gretsch Mfg Co, but it took some more years before A.
What you will need to know There really is only one method of ascertaining the age of a zildjian cymbal and that is the Manufacturer’s stamp that is enbossed onto each cymbal.
It should be relatively clear but if you are still unsure, by all means take a photo and send it to me and I’ll tell you what I think!These are the kinds of sensible questions that you need to ask to enable you make a reasonably informed decision despite not being able to handle the cymbal.You need facts of course, but in the world of old zildjians, ballparks are the name of the game and exact facts can be hard to come by.Our ebay links here on this site are set to Show Vintage Zildjian cymbals that are available Right Now.So you can see what is available quickly here and then go to ebay to get the full details.
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The hand hammering and the varying thicknesses also mean that each cymbal is highly individual, consider it like speaking with an accent.