I have a few Zildjian A's, with different fonts and logo's on them.
I'm looking at another, but it's logo is different to the ones I have, so was hoping someone would be able to help me date it (and mine) First, I have a pair of New Beat hi hats (brilliant finish) I bought new in around 1995/6 ish.
"New" refers to a brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item, and "Used" refers to an item that has been used previously.
A Zildjian Stamp Timeline Chinese Cymbals G Zildjian Cymbal Mystery Italian (UFIP) Cymbals K Zildjian - Canada & US Timeline K Zildjian - Constantinople Timeline K Zildjian - Istanbul Timeline Stamp Anomalies (new) The city of Turkey officially changed its name from “Constantinople” to “Istanbul” in 1930.
It was not until many years later that the K Zildjian Cymbal factory updated its cymbal stamps.
The first two letters of the serial number tell you the year of manufacture.
My current list goes: ID - 1994 IE - 1995 IF - 1996 IG - 1997 IH - 1998 (K Cons start) II - 1999 JJ - 2000 (CIE start) JA - 2001 JB - 2002 JC - 2003 JD - 2004 JE - 2005 JF - 2006 JG - 2007 (Armands in, CIE out) JH - 2008 JI - 2009 AJ - 2010 (CIE rarities year) AA - 2011 AB - 2012 AC - 2013 (Armands out except BB, redesigned A line) AD - 2014 (Kerope line) (not yet verified) AE - 2015 AF - 2016 AG - 2017 AH - 2018 AI - 2019 BJ - 2020 and I'm slowly annotating it when lines come in or out. It's to go into an American Zildjian wiki which I think is the best place for this sort of history stuff.