Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the seventeenth century. His attempts to create gold by combining base metals led instead to an alloy of copper, tin and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. Avedis used this discovery to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was extraordinary, and as his reputation grew he was given the name “Zildjian”, an Armenian word meaning “son of cymbal maker.”
The Zildjian secret alloy is now nearly four centuries old. It has been passed down between Zildjian heirs for fourteen generations. Currently, Armand Zildjian’s two daughters, Craigie and Debbie are continuing the family tradition. Zildjian has been officially recognized as the oldest continually family-owned business in America.
The Zildjian brand stands for more than expertise and a rich heritage of high quality craftsmanship. Its essence is found in every thread of the drumming community, weaving together students, teachers, pros, old, young, and everyone in between.
From the beginning, the leaders of the company have stayed close to the working musicians in order to understand their experiences and needs. By sustaining these close bonds and looking to them for insight into the design and manufacturing of innovative and extraordinarily sounding cymbals, Zildjian has maintained its position as the world’s leading cymbal manufacturer.
Zildjian’s reputation for exceeding customer expectations and needs can be attributed to both its sharp focus on continuous quality improvement and innovation, and its emphasis on the family character and rich tradition of the business. Zildjian’s enduring values—leadership, commitment to quality and craftsmanship, passion for music and fun, music education, and a strong family heritage and culture—have guided the company in carrying out its vision over the years.
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Percussion Partners Featured Zildjian Product
8" & 10 " ZXT Trashformer: 5 tools in one
At only $49.00 at most dealers, this is not only one of the most affordable professional Cymbals that you can own, it is one of most versatile cymbals that you cannot afford to be without!
"Five tools in One"
These mini Trashformers are the most versatile cymbal in your Cymbal "tool" Bag!
Recent Zildjian News
Keith Carlock coming to town!
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 13:32
One of the most sought after drummers today, Keith Carlock will be hitting the road on a 13-city US clinic tour in April and May of 2012. Keith has been the driving force behind artists such as Steely Dan, James Taylor, Sting, John Mayer, The Blues Brothers, Wayne Krantz, and many others. His distinctive sound and unique approach have set him apart from other players of his generation. Since arriving on the music scene in the late 90s, Keith has topped several reader’s polls including #1 Pop, #1 Fusion and #1 All-Around in the 2009 Modern Drummer Readers’ Polls. Other career highlights include appearances at the 2008 Zildjian Drummers Achievement Award Tribute to Ginger Baker in London and the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
The 13-city tour commences on April 17th in Los Angeles, CA and finishes May 3rd in Boston, MA. As with other Zildjian clinic tours, each dealer will host a Zildjian Sales Event with special deals and pricing on Zildjian products specifically tailored to the clinic. In addition, Zildjian will run special promotions at the dealer locations as well as contests on Zildjian.com and Facebook. Drummers may win Keith’s new Vic Firth Signature Series Drumsticks, Zildjian Gear, or a ZIldjian Cymbal personally signed by the drummer.
According to John DeChristopher, Zildjian’s Vice President, Artist Relations & Event Marketing Worldwide, “We’re excited to bring Keith out on a US clinic tour. Judging by the positive response from our dealers and drummers, the clinics are sure to be a big success.
While on tour, Keith will be playing the following Cymbal-Setup:
15" K Light HiHats
20" K Constantinople Med Thin Low Ride
22" K Constantinople Med Thin Low Ride
18" K Dark Crash Thin
19" K Dark Crash Thin
Confirmed Clinic dates are below. Please check with the Dealer for ticket info and Clinic start times:
Tuesday, April 17th - Pro Drum Shop – Hollywood, CA
Wednesday, April 18th - Bentley’s Drum Shop – Fresno, CA
Thursday, April 19th - Milano Music – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, April 21st - Grandma’s Music – Albuquerque, NM
Monday, April 23rd - Explorer’s Percussion – Kansas City, MO
Tuesday, April 24th – Mozingo Music – St. Louis, MO
Wednesday, April 25th – Chicago Music Exchange – Chicago, IL
Thursday, April 26th – Cascio Music – Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, April 28th - Memphis Drum Shop – Memphis, TN
Monday, April 30th - All Pro – Tampa, FL
Tuesday, May 1st - Greenbriar – Fredericksburg, VA
Wednesday, May 2nd - Drum Center – Portsmouth, NH
Thursday, May 3rd – DiCenso’s Drum Shop – Weymouth, MA
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Dave Grohl Stick in Stores Now!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 13:51
Now in stock at these Percussion Partners Dealers: Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood,CA. Chad Sexton’s Drum City in North Hollywood,CA. Milano Music in Mesa,Az The San Diego Drum Shop in San Diego,Ca. Rainbow Guitars in Tucson,AZ , Alan's Music in La Mesa,CA. Jim's Music in Tustin,CA. Roll Over Beethoven Music in Hesperia,CA and Lowes Music in Santa Clarita,CA.
A Zildjian Cymbal for only $25.00 ?
Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 05:55
This is the best deal of 2011!
Now at select Percussion Partner dealers you can purchase a Zildjian all purpose 10” ZHT China Splash for only $25.00 ( MSRP $121.00)
This cymbal is an exotic sounding, versatile splash that is at home when used right along side your most sophisticated set of A or K Zilidjians. It punctuates with cutting, complex mid end frequencies and can be used as an inverted splash or a stacker. The ZHT10CS can be paired to make funky mini-hats or can be placed on a snare drum to create awesome effects like electronic sounding hand claps and white noise. This is a must-have tool for any drummer.
Call one of the dealers listed below for more information and availability and then grab one of these for your own cymbal bag. Some restrictions apply.
For more Cymbal information visit: Zildjian.com
In praise of the Zildjian ANTI-VIBE Sticks
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 00:48
It’s no secret that Zildjian is and always has been the leader in cymbal innovation, but drumsticks too?
That’s right. Many of the biggest names in drumming play Zildjian Drumsticks- Vinnie Colaiuta , Dennis Chambers, Travis Barker and Dave Grohl to name a few. Many of the signature models are unique in design, functionality and personality.
With the recent merger of Vic Firth and Zildjian Drumsticks , you can’t find a higher quality manufactured stick anywhere. In the near future, PP is going to be focusing on Zildjian’s latest stick offerings, but we are going to start this entry with a testimonial about a unique Zildjian drumstick innovation: THE ANTI-VIBE STICK. Introduced originally in 2003 , it won top honors for drumstick innovation for reducing unwanted vibrations that can occur after the stick is struck. The picture above shows the ANTI-VIBRATION magic insert removed from cavity in butt end of the stick.It is a must have stick for E-Kit drummers
This unsolicited testimonial was sent to us from Brian Roberts. Brian is a professional drummer and drum expert and can be found giving advice and helping drummers at Boogie Music in Phoenix,AZ. He also tours with the Phoenix based band, "Sunset Strip".
Hey Mike, It’s Brian at Boogie Music.... Here's my story about the Zildjian Anti-Vibe Sticks I Started playing drums at the tender age of 6. It was a time where big drumsets, and of course, big hair was not only the fashion trend, it was the way of life. By 10, I had amassed a rather huge monster drum kit, you know, the usual, 2 bass drums, 4 toms, 2 floor toms, a gaggle of cymbals, and my trusty 2B sticks. I played for hours everyday, slamming the skins with those clubs! Well, fast forward to my late 20's.... I had developed carpal tunnel in both wrists, later attributed to using such heavy drumsticks, before I had really developed any real technique. I literally was in pain with every show, and by the end of the night, I was relying on makeshift ice packs from the left over ice in the beer coolers. In 2007, I was introduced to the Zildjian Anti-Vibe sticks (now a 5A model..lol) And almost instantly, my wrists were less fatigued, and I was feeling great at the end of shows. These sticks are now the reason I can still play 3-4 hour shows, and have saved me from attempting a risky surgery. My wrists are strengthening, and I feel better than ever! Thanks to Zildjian for such an innovative product, and allowing me to continue on my musical endeavors. Thanks Mike for introducing me to them, You Rock!
Thanks Brian! The antivibe sticks have not only helped heavy hitters like Brian , they are a great in helping reduce the shock that can occur when playing E-Kits with mixed pads.
For more information about his story contact Brian at Boogie Music 602-978-6688.
And visit the ANTIVIBE page at Zildjian.com. for more product information.
Gen16 AE cymbals are now available at Milano Music: It is Like Christmas in October !
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 20:57
Gen16 AE Cymbals are in select stores now and those drummers who are getting to experience them are loving them. Milano Music in Mesa Arizona just received their first Shipment of 6 Boxsets and Tom, Eric, Joe and Rulon couldn't wait to open up a box and experience it for themselves, and their video is a great demo of how fast and easy it is to set up GEN16 AE cymbals for the very first time.
Unpacking a GEN16 AE BOXSET is like opening an awesome Christmas gift. Even the packaging is impressive. The owners manual is a contemporary work of art reminicent of a hi-end APPLE product and all components are individually packaged in internal boxes in GEN16 signature blue. Everything is included to get you up and running quickly.
BUT WAIT, there's more!
Anyone purchasing one of the GEN 16 AE Boxsets in stock, will receive a FREE set of Tone Module and Pickup cases ( $99.95 value).
For more information on how to purchase one of these in-stock sets of AE cymbals contact Tom at Milano Music.
For more information on applications, operation or anything else about GEN16 AE cymbals, click on the ASK THE REP ICON or Join our discussion group on our Percussion Partners facebook page
Now get ready to have fun!
( Thanks Rulon Leman for submitting that cool setup video)
Gen16 AE Cymbals- In stores now!
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 07:52
This changes everything!
The New line of products from Zildjian’s Gen16 Intelligent Percussion division have hit select stores this week. Go in and try them out; this changes everything.
The beauty of these cymbals is the beauty in the cymbals. As a low volume acoustic cymbal that plays at 25-50% of the volume of a standard cymbal, this is a must-have addition to every drummer’s cymbal bag. The high end shimmer and clarity can’t be found anywhere else. The feel and control of the 20” ride cymbal is reminiscent of a flat ride and allows ride patterns to be distinct and articulate. And the look…. Game Over! With the beautiful, shiny nickel plating reflecting the cool blue lighting effect emitted from the Gen16 pickups, the AE cymbals may become a welcome addition to your living room decor.
But these are more than just great sounding cymbals with an awesome appearance, these cymbals give you new creative power. While being designed to improve the cymbal performance experience when added to E-Kits, these cymbals let you put on the head phones and experiment with a whole new palette of sonic possibilities.
At a recent visit to Guitar Center Hollywood while on tour in LA with his Tennessee based band Burden, drummer Oliver Goodman exclaimed “ I will never play rubber cymbals again” after experiencing the GEN16 cymbals on an E-Kit for the very first time.
But this cymbal technology is just as much fun when you add them to a muted acoustic set in your home studio: instant drum booth! The power to change the EQ , filtering and reverb effects of your cymbals with the included DCP ( digital cymbal processor) is empowering. This new tool will inspire your performance. Put on a set of headphones and you can’t help but to get lost in the moment.
Come experience this new innovation at select Percussion Partner retailers and other professional music shops. NOW in stock for immediate delivery at these PP dealers: Rainbow Guitars, Milano Music, The Professional Drum Shop and Instrumental Music and Jim's Music Center
Dave Grohl: A Rock Drummer’s Drummer
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 23:14
Dave Grohl is the real deal and lives and loves Rock and Roll. After winning BEST ROCK VIDEO at a recent MTV Video Music Awards with his band, FOO FIGHTERS, Dave said in his acceptance speech, "I just want to say: Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it's always going to be there."
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Grohl was the drummer and a integral member of Nirvana; the band that ushered alternative rock into the mainstream in 1991. While in recent years he has been best known as the front man and guitarist for the Grammy winning FOO FIGHTERS, he is still a drumming icon for those who love hard hitting drummers that play for the music, the song, and the band. Dave has also lent his drumming talents to other popular artists such as Queens of the Stoneage, Probot, Tenacious D and Them Crooked Vultures.
As John Sorenson, Zildjian’s director of sales, planning and drumsticks stated,"Dave blends his own powerful technique with the styles of the influential drummers of the past to push the limits of music. He truly embodies what it means to be a great drummer,"
It is only appropriate that the unveiling of Zildjian’s Dave Grohl Artist Series drumstick is scheduled to hit the stores in the next few weeks; just in time to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s 1991 iconic Nevermind.
The new Zildjian Dave Grohl stick is made from 100% US Hickory and is designed to be played hard and loud. Zildjian states that this exciting new model's larger dimensions, a length of 16 3/4” and diameter of 0.600” are for extra power and reach as well as an acorn-shaped tip for sound clarity. This drumstick powerhouse features metallic, two-color artwork of Grohl’s famous tattoos as seen on both of his arms.
For more information on Dave Grohl and his new stick visit: http://zildjian.com/Artists/G/Dave-Grohl
Available at these Percussion Partners Dealers: Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood,CA. Chad Sexton’s Drum City in North Hollywood,CA. Milano Music in Mesa,Az The San Diego Drum Shop in San Diego,Ca. Rainbow Guitars in Tucson,AZ , Alan's Music in La Mesa,CA. Jim's Music in Tustin,CA. Roll Over Beethoven Music in Hesperia,CA and Lowes Music in Santa Clarita,CA.