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It should be noted that Zildjian began machine hammering their Avedis cymbals through the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, so identifying via hammering patterns isn’t as reliable for this era.
Used consistently through the whole decade, the stamps on models of this era are much easier to identify.
We know Avedis Zildjian started production in 1929 in the Quincy, Massachusetts USA. Hard to see in this photo is the "genuine turkish cymbals, made in usa" but it's there, it's a complete logo.
This is a rough guide to help estimate the age of your cymbal. In the thirties Zildjian's most popular cymbal measured between 8 and 14 inch, weight paperthin, easily bendable. In the fourties Bebop drummers began to use larger rides and sizzle cymbals. First Stamp 1920s-1930s Very rare case of a misprint.
These stamps pressed harder on the outside, the Z and Co are deeper. Thin Stamp 1970s This stamp was found on a 16 inch SWISH cymbal from the early 1970s.
There is no book, so far, so I took some pictures of my own cymbals over the years and arranged them in a timeline to my best knowledge. Ride size ranged up to 30 inch and 16 inch Hihats are known from this era. In the fifties and later little inkstamps on odd shaped models say SWISH, PANG or FLANGED HI-HATS, MEDIUM RIDE etc. This is also known as the 'pre-ink' period, so before mid 1970s when Zildjian started the silkscreen ink stamps on the bottom with the open ink-stamp logo. This picture was send to me by email from a fellow Zildjian afficionado.
Some stories tell about drumshops stamping cymbals according client preferences. More examples of mistakes in the stamp department like double stamps, even double double stamps (4) can be found on the internet drumforums.
These cymbals were in included in entry level drum packs.
The Trans stamps marked the “transition” in the company’s production of less uniform stamps to a more standardized, even logo.