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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.
A Zildjian Stamp Timeline Chinese Cymbals G Zildjian Cymbal Mystery Italian (UFIP) Cymbals K Zildjian - Canada & US Timeline K Zildjian - Constantinople Timeline K Zildjian - Istanbul Timeline Stamp Anomalies (new) 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.
Most other identifying information (stickers, silk screens, ink or grease pencil) fade away and disappear over time.
The date of a cymbal is important because different periods in the evolution of the modern drum set are marked by distinct acoustic potentials.
The first part of this time is mostly about changes in the trademark stamps, but once you get past 1978 you will see more about the ink logos and how they changed over time. Once you get into the late 1970s (and ink becomes more of the focus) I've tried to find consensus dates for these changes.
Many thanks to all those who are (like me) passionate about cymbals and trying to piece together the history of these alluring metal disks.
In 1929, Avedis Zildjian III, moved part of the family cymbal business to Massachusetts.
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.
They brought a few cymbalsmiths from Istanbul to Canada following the shutdown of the Turkish foundry. Read more about the K Zildjian cymbals from Canada and later USA.
Avedis Zildjian came to the United States and started making cymbals under the label “A Zildjian” in 1929 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
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These were contemporaneous with the K Zildjians from Turkey, but the styles diverge greatly.