Dating vintage zildjian cymbals
It is called the thin stamp because the font of ZILDJIAN is as thin as the other letters.
‘60s Stamps are defined by a bold “Zildjian Co” embossing, three dots in the Arabic logo, and a size around 1 3/16”.While other factors like lathing concentricity and hammering patterns can assist in divining the age/era of your cymbal, the most accurate way to know whether you have a crash from the ‘70s or the ‘40s is a close study of the famous Zildjian stamp.If you haven’t already, we recommend reading through our article on the history of Zildjian cymbals to understand the breadth of the company’s past. Zildjian cymbal are comprised of two parts: an upper section in Arabic and a lower bit in English.While it’s easy to assume this is the smallest stamp Zildjian ever produced, this era is known as the “Small Stamp” because of the stamp’s size in relation to the Large Stamp.The Small Stamps are defined by the absence of the three dots and a size of 1 ¼”.
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First Stamp 1920s-1930s This stamp has the prewar arabic script and a very low 'made in usa'.