In the 1980s the ink stamps appear on top and bottom with the solid black Zildjian script logo and new models were added, K. At the same time experiments with different alloys resulted in the (cheaper) Amir and the Scimitar series but so far we stay focused on the pre-ink stamp period cymbals. Zildjian cymbal trademarks as found on older cymbals I have owned. Zildjian 8 inch paperthin splash, note the "J" in ZILDJIAN, not a nice round bottom as in the later stamps. Hard to see in this photo is the "genuine turkish cymbals, made in usa" but it's there, it's a complete logo. Notice the absence of the 3 dots in the Arabic logo Late 1950s/ 1960s Zildjian logo of a 15 inch hihat top.The comments and dating are based on what I've learned from William Hartrick's article in Classic Drummer and my own common sense like cymbals that came with certain sets believed to be bought at the same time. Late 1940s/ 1950s Stamps pressed harder on the outside, the Z and Co are deeper, like on this 13 inch hihat cymbal. It is missing the 3 dots in the U-shape of the Arab-script part (see next picture) This logo is also used in the mid '70s in combination with the hollow ink stamp Zildjian on bottom of cymbal.1948 catalog lists Bop Flange Hats and Be-Bop cymbals 18" to 26" (, p150) 1949 Trans Stamp II ? 1951 Trixon addition to Avedis Stamps (1950s generally) 1952 Trans Stamps IV ? 1955 Large Stamps (3 types): Hollow Block (HB); Large with 3 Dots; Large without 3 Dots 1956 1957 Late 50s Small Stamps (two sub types A and B) 1958 Mounting Hole diameter goes from 7/16" to 1/2" ?1959 1960 60s stamps (two sizes): short 1 3/16" ; and tall 1.5" 1961 1962 1963 New Beat Hat as special order bottom 1964 1965 1966 Visible hammering on bottom drops out "early 1960s" according to Bill Hartrick ?Image: 1960s stamp three dots circled The upper portion of the stamp goes through different changes over the years.Much discussion has centered on the presence/absence of "the three dots", as the way to tell a 50s cymbal from a 70s cymbal. But the presence/absence of the three dots doesn't provide the oft claimed distinction.
The general anatomy of the stamp is that there is an upper section which is stylized Ottoman text (often referred to as Arabic, or "the squiggly bits"), and a lower section in English.Most of the earlier changes have to do with the changes in alignment and location.These will be introduced as we move through the specific stamps.Note that to put a link into a forum post you must use whatever mechanism the forum has for inserting a link.But whatever you have to do, there will be a paste in there somewhere.According to Jeansonne, "The Turkish writing at the top of the trademark reads Son of Cymbalsmith", but in their trademark application (registration number 3285622) Avedis Zildjian themselves say: In the Zildjian factory the wall is painted with the decoded Ottoman: Image: 2010 Ottoman decode Before I found the image above, I was working on decoding it as Avedis Zildjian (in RL script, two lines). I'll update if I get further, but for now it looks like I missed the Company section.Image: Incomplete Ottoman decode Note that Rob Scott gives an example in Arabic and also reports that the upper portion says Avedis Zildjian, although he doesn't decode this one letter at a time.Scroll down through this gallery and you move through the production eras of Avedis Zildjian cymbals from the beginning to the current day. I am not responsible for any of the pre 1970s dates, I'm just compiling information painstakingly researched by Bill Hartrick and now in circulation around the web, most often with no acknowledgement of the original source.The first part of this time is mostly about changes in the trademark stamps, but once you get past 1978 you will see more about the ink logos and how they changed over time. Once you get into the late 1970s (and ink becomes more of the focus) I've tried to find consensus dates for these changes.From the first cymbals in 1929 to the late 1970s Avedis Zildjian cymbals were available in many sizes and weights and odd shaped models like Swish, Pang and the Flanged Hi Hats, all made from the same "secret" material. First only on the bottom with the Zildjian name logo in open black script logo. In the late 1970s Zildjian started with their name in ink stamps.