Click here to see a timeline of K Istanbul cymbals .The Avedis Zildjian company started making K Zildjian cymbals in a factory in Medutic, Canada in 1977.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.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.
Going on what Bri posted, about the etching starting in 1994, and the mini A and new style model font also starting in 1994, theis 16" should only have one or the other, but not both?
I found some pre-serial number, pre "A" labeled New Beats Hi-Hats. I also noticed some Zildjians don't have the engraved stamp, like a 21'' Z Mega Bell I spotted used. Bri, are you certain the mini A and new style font, as per pic 1 on my first post, came in in 1994?
I actually got those dates off the old Zildjian site, but their dates have been wrong on other issues as well. :-) It looks like the "A" was not added until late 90's.
These stamps are the only reliable way to determine the age of the cymbals.
The engraved stamp cannot be erased because it is in the metal.
They have the new-style model font, same as this; The front Zildjian logo has 'Avedis' above it and 'Brilliant' below it Next, I have an 18" I bought new in 1998.