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These differences are available in the cymbals associated with the different eras of the drum set (grandstand, jazz, bop, big band, rock, etc.) The old Zildjian cymbal foundry was in Constantinople, dating back to the 17th century.
The earliest Zildjian cymbals with complete stamps (logo, name, trademark) use the letter “K” for Kerope Zildjian, and are marked with Constantinople as the city of origin.
The intermediate stamp replaces the former block of Arabic text with some sort of gibberish symbols. The English component of this stamp always seems to have some stamping problem, so it is often illegible.
It is not Arabic, unless it is the Comic Sans font for Arabic(? The distinguishing feature is the combination of the small-sized star in the crescent with the non-standard symbols where one would expect the Arabic.
These stamps are the only reliable way to determine the age of the cymbals.
This stamp was the last one to use the old fashioned way to abbreviate the phrase “and company” as “& CThe phrase ‘K Zildjian’ was shrunk compared to the preceding stamp.
The so-called new stamp looks very similar to the intermediate stamp, with the main difference being the size and location of the star above the crescent moon.
Also, the stamp seemed to imprint the English more thoroughly than with the intermediate stamp, but there is often double stamping, as the cymbalsmiths pressed the stamp twice by hand.
ZILDJIAN CYMBAL STAMP CHRONOLOGY DATE TIMELINE 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.
Still, those that refer to this as a “III” do not provide the nuanced IIIa, IIIb, IIIc that can be found frequently used to distinguish these cymbals and date them. It is interesting the case of each of these examples to make note of the shape of the word “in” in the phrase “Made in Turkey” because the word “in” becomes taller in later stamps.