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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 is the “first stamp” used for cymbals produced by Avedis Zildjian in the United States, starting in 1929.
The Arabic has a very specific look, appearing somewhat wide in the lettering. The A stamps use a stylized way of writing Avedis (” وه ـض سا “) across the top with the letters sort of piled on top of each other.
Also Zildjian (” زــلجـيان “) below has the /l/ (“ل “) is sort of packed on top of the [dʒ] (” جـ “) in the stamp.
The first A Zildjian cymbals tend to be very small (8″ to 12″) and paper thin. Though they mainly produced splash cymbals, a few china-type early zildjians are known to exist. The first stamp is the only one to include the cymbalsmith’s signature under the bell.
This is where we get serial number tables and cymbal stamp timelines that can help us get ballpark ideas when something was made. However, we can be 99% positive in most cases based on the stamp timelines that we have.
That's why we'll say stuff like, "That looks like a '50s era, since it's missing the three dots...blah, blah, blah." It most likely is, but the 3 dots also disappeared in the '70s for a brief period as well.
So I think Zildjian wants to promote the fact that they've been using serial numbers (boring) for almost 20 years now.
In his work he discovered a method to create a tin, copper, and silver alloy that could be hammered into a thin sheet and be tuned.I am positing a middle era early stamp with less robust stamping in the Arabic letters.