Friday, January 18, 2013

Zildjian Cymbals

In the early seventeenth century, Avedis Zildjian was an Armenian alchemist striving to make what every good alchemist at the time was attempting to make - gold. He made a spectacular discovery; an alloy of copper, tin, and silver yielding sensational sound qualities. In 1618, Mr. Zildjian used this alloy to create cymbals.

The acclaimed company continues to make Zildjian Cymbals, and the business has been passed down through the family for hundreds of years. It is now located in Norwell, Massachusetts, and owned by two Zildjian sisters (14th generation), Craigie and Debbie. It is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world.

Photograph copyright 2013 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading about the origin of these cymbals.
    Very interesting. Thank you, Larry!