Dating zildjian stamps
The hand hammering and the varying thicknesses also mean that each cymbal is highly individual, consider it like speaking with an accent.
This is good in so far as there is an enormous palette to draw upon from the vintage cymbals out there but bad in as much there must be some not-so good ones in there.
Until 1964 all Zildjian cymbals were hand hammered.
This made them very thin which gives a deeper ‘trashy’ sound than thicker cymbals and is a major part of the reason why they have such appeal.
So you can see what is available quickly here and then go to ebay to get the full details.
These are the kinds of sensible questions that you need to ask to enable you make a reasonably informed decision despite not being able to handle the cymbal.
You need facts of course, but in the world of old zildjians, ballparks are the name of the game and exact facts can be hard to come by.
All Avedis Zildjian cymbals have their name stamped in its bronze. So, it is difficult to exactly determine the period that certain stamps were used.
There is no official track record of the stamps used by Zildjian. The proces of stamping wasn't very accurate and the imprint varies.