Relocating to America in 1929, Avedis III moved the Zildjian factory to Quincy, MA and then to its current location in Norwell, MA for Zildjian's 350th Anniversary.
The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand's daughter, Craigie, in 1999.
As Avedis' reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name "Zildjian" in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning "son of cymbal maker." In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace in order to start his own business in a suburb of Constantinople named Psamatia.
That same business is now nearly four centuries old and has been passed down to Zildjian heirs for fifteen generations.
These stamps have changed over the years in a subtle and not so subtle manner and therefore they represent a timeline of sorts and a way of evaluating the ages of cymbals.These two questions arise often on many drum and cymbal forums.When the question is about Avedis Zildjian cymbals there doesn't seem to be a really good online place to turn.I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.This site is set up so that you can send (or post to a forum) a link to a particular photo and description. What you do is go to the Year by Year Timeline and click on the link to the picture you want.For example, it might be a link to the Hollow Ink Logo on the bottom of a cymbal.The link will end in #Hollow Ink Z and if you copy this link and then paste it into an email or into a forum post it will be a direct link to that entry.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.If anybody gets very keen on the beginner, student or whatever you want to call them lines then email the materials to me and I'm happy to do the work of putting them in here.This Avedis work includes the professional level cymbals manufactured by Avedis Zildjian in North America.