From the Ottoman Empire in 1623 to one of world's leading Cymbal ManufacturerAvedis Zildjian, an alchemist in Constantinople, first discovered a method of fusing copper, tin, and silver to create his unique instruments in the 16th century and till present day, the Zildjian mystique has captivated musicians and listeners alike due to its secret blending of metals which help to create the celebrated "Zildjian sound ". This Zildjian sound became a family tradition and a secret which only the company's heirs know about.
Around 1928, Avedis III, began manufacturing cymbals in Quincy, Massachusetts. The Avedis Zildjian Co. was formed on September 19, 1929. Avedis made many innovations in cymbals that are still around today; he was the first to develop drumset cymbals and gave cymbals names such as ride, crash, splash, and hi-hat.
The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 who took care of the company until 1999. In keeping with tradition, Armand passed the Zildjian Secret Alloy to his daughters, Craigie and Debbie (14th generation), both of whom continue to run the family business from the current factory in Norwell, Massachusetts.
Beyond leading an entire sector of the music industry , Avedis Zildjian company is also one of the oldest companies in the world today. They've dominated since 1623 and without a doubt, their success is going to keep rolling well past their 400th birthday due to the support from the best drummers in history as well as today. Here are some of the notable bands and artists who prefer the Zildjian sound.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles | Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses | Dominic Howard of Muse | Joey Kramer of Aerosmith | Dave Grohl of Nirvana | Lars Ulrich of MetallicaThe list is pretty much endless - Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Toto, Dream Theatre, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Blink 182, Cannibal Corpse, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Yes, The Rolling Stones, The Carpenters, The Kings of Leon, David Bowie, Kiss, Megadeth, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, Chicago, Queen, Cream, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Dire Straights, Miles Davis, Dropkick Murphys, Limp Bizkit, Phish, Rage Against The Machine, Genesis, Phil Collins, Dio, White Snake... You get the point.
For drummers looking to make their first entrance to the Zildjian family, the newly updated Planet Z is the place to start the journey. Crafted in USA of a new nickel-silver alloy, the new Planet Z is a sonically superior cymbal in its price category and is truly worthy of bearing the Zildjian name. The splash cymbal emits a quick, focused tone with a quick decay. The china puts out powerfully accents that cut through the mix with ease. These cymbals make a perfect addition to any drum or percussion setup. No matter what style you play. Planet Z is an easy and affordable way to complete your sound.
The Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal is a splendid fast crash with a bright high-pitched tone. Sound grooves and round hammer strikes in a simple circular pattern on the top surface of ZBT cymbals magnify the basic sound of the distinctive ZBT alloy. The bright, intense, high-pitched sound of the ZBT series cymbals cuts through the mix of other instruments. Sheet origin and precision lathing techniques create high-volume projection that speaks quickly and brightly with a rapid decay. Since ZBT cymbals are pressed and lathed from sheets of uniform, high-quality bronze alloy, they are remarkably consistent. The highly polished, brilliant finish looks fresh. Superb all-purpose ride cymbal. Excellent, clean stick articulation with controlled overtones.
Planet Z is Zildjian's introductory line into their huge array of cymbals. Designed to meet the needs and budgets of developing drummers, they're forged from a durable copper and zinc-based alloy. They're shaped and lathed into bright, exciting-sounding instruments. Begin your journey into the Zildjian universe starting with Planet Z.
The 18" Crash Ride offers powerful crash sounds and also performs as a full-bodied ride with a strong bell,
Lathed and finished with a process that creates a wide spectrum of color for unique visual and sonic effects, this thin-rolled alloy produces an explosive, trashy voice. While it stands on its own, you can also stack it on another cymbal for a signature trashy sound.
Fast, bright, "trashy" China ideal for special accents and musical exclamation points. Bold and colorful with an explosive attack, fast decay and plenty of volume to cut through the music.