Avedis Zildjian I 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) and make cymbals for the Sultan's elite Janissary Bands. As Avedis' reputation grew, the Sultan gave himÂ the name "Zildjian" in Armenian, meaning "son of cymbal maker."
In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace to start his own business in a suburb of Constantinople. 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. Currently, Craigie and Debbie Zildjian continue the family's cymbal-making tradition in what is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.
Any drummer worth their salt will tell you their kit is only as good as their cymbals. The difference between "good" cymbals and "great" cymbals is massive, and nobody understands this better than arguably the greatest cymbal makers of all time, Zildjian. For almost 400 years (yes, you read that correctly) Zildjian has been leading the way in the world of cymbals. With that much experience, it's no wonder they are a truly elite name in the music world.
ZIldjian are the cymbals of choice for some of the biggest drummers in the world today. Musicians like Will Champion of Coldplay, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures, Dominic Howard of Muse, Roger Taylor of Queen, Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, Travis Barker of Blink 182, and more all use Zildjian cymbals when they hit the stage to unleash a little musical mayhem.
With such an incredible wealth of drummers lending their support to Zildjian, it's no wonder you want a piece of the action, but which of their cymbals is going to be right for you? Well, as you can imagine, that's going to be a matter of personal preference and need. For example, are you a drummer with serious respect for Travis Barker and a need for a complete cymbal set? Then be sure to check out the Travis Barker Pro Cymbal Pack. This set is based on Travis' favorite cymbal configuration and features a 21" Sweet Ride, an 18" Custom Crash, 14" Master Sound Hi-Hats, a 21" K Crash Ride, and an 18" Oriental China Trash. With all the cymbals you need to rock out with a raucous, this set is not to be missed.
On the other hand, maybe you don't need an entire pack and instead are just looking for individual cymabls? Don't worry, Zildjian still has you covered. From the A Custom Crash Cymbal, to the Oriental China 'Trash' Cymbal, to the K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal, and everything in between. If you're looking for a specific cymbal, the odds are Zildjian is going to have one that sounds better than any other option on the market.
Zildjian has the experience, the dedication, and the desire needed to make the best cymbals in the world. If you're a drummer who demands nothing but the best, trust Zildjian cymbals to bring your kit to life.
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