I have no agenda of any sort... neither am I an affiliate for Zildjian
cymbals... What I am though is a student of history, a researcher and a music graduate... So I have to tell you that the Avedis Zildjian
company have done an excellent job at writing their own history, and using a fanciful story to promote their product successfully world wide.
This was largely through the efforts of the genius advertising talent of Hermon Jennings in the 1920's. Before that, no such story was told.
The vast Ottoman empire was held together through scrupulous record keeping, and that tradition still holds true in Turkey today. Yet in Turkey there's simply is no record of the fairy tail history of Avedis Zildjian
, as portrayed by the company today.
Hermon Jennings famous saying was: "Stories sell".
However the stories invented by the Zildjian
family business is nothing short of self promoting propaganda, and like all propaganda, it's a stretch of the truth. Think about it... what was Avedis Zildjian
doing in America 400 years ago?... Selling cymbals to the Native Indians?... Get real.
makes great cymbals, but they have also made junk. I still have two Avedis Zildjian
cymbals made in the 60's, and frankly they are terrible sounding. But unless you were willing to travel to Turkey, there weren't to many choices in those days.
I hate to burst your bubble, but the so called Zildjian
secret, sudenly changed in the 1940's from being a secret alloy to a secret mixing process, when metallurgy advanced enough to allow any alloy to be precisely analyzed. The original Avedis Zildjian
cymbals were 80% copper and 20% tin, period. Just as they largely still are today in Turkey.
Since the 50's though there has been a lot of experimenting and tinkering with the alloy, by adding things like Nickel, Zink, Silver and even magnesium. Every contemporary cymbal manufacturer has special rooms with hundreds of experimental prototypes that never saw the light of day.
So to summarize:
The biggest secret at the Zildjian
factory, takes place in the smelting room. This is where they sprinkle "Zink" in power form, as they mix the molten components together to form the slug
. This method has been used by goldsmiths for centuries, it enables the different metals to flow together evenly into an amalgam and allows for a more consistent product.
Be careful not to fall into the trap and buying into the advertising hype put out by manufacturers.
Ford still sells more cars than Mercedes world wide... but does that make ford a better car?