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Avedis Zildjian is the oldest family-owned company in the United States and one of the oldest companies in the world. The company was started in 1618, when Avedis Zildjian began making cymbals for Sultan Osman II of the Ottoman Empire. In 1928, one year before the Great Depression, Zildjian moved to Quincy, Massachusetts, where it became the first company to manufacture cymbals for use in drum sets.
Today the Zildjian Company is run by the 14th generation of the Zildjian family, Cragie and Debbie Zildjian, giving it the added distinction of being one of the most important women owned and run businesses in the music industry. The Zildjian sisters grew up with the secrets of the Zildjian alloy that made Zildjian cymbals the choice of so many legendary drummers. They have been responsible for many of the greatest innovations in cymbal manufacturing, sound, and composition.
Browse our huge selection of Zildjian Cymbals to find exactly the sound you need. From the ZBT line, which offers complete cymbal packs for your drum set, to the rich sound of Zildjian ZHT cymbals, to the bright sweet sound of the A and A Custom Zildjians and the dark traditional Turkish sound of the K Constantinople Zildjians. Check out our selection of Zildjian specialty cymbals, exotic China cymmbals, and our classic band and orchestra cymbals.
Among Zildjian's latest cymbal innovations are the Zildjian Gen 16 acoustic-electric cymbals that sound and respond the same as traditional cymbals, but play at less than a quarter of the volume. These are perfect for use with both acoustic and electronic drum sets.