"Zil" means "cymbal" in Turkish and "-dji" combined with "-ian" form a perfect family name for an Armenian cymbal manufacturer family during the Ottoman Empire. It was at the beginning of the 17th century that the alchemist Avedis discovered a special alloy of metals that produced a sound adapted to the army, religious houses and festivals, while allowing to make very good music. The Ottoman sultan gave Avedis the name "Zildjian" as well as 80 gold coins. Thus, Zildjian, the cymbal manufacturing company has its origins in Constantinople in the year 1623.

A few hundred years passed before the family business moved to Massachusetts crossing the Atlantic Ocean, where the name Zildjian has since enjoyed great success. The company now has over 65% of the cymbal market. We immediately recognize the company's distinct logo on cymbals and other percussion equipment, instruments visible from local auditoriums to the biggest rock concerts.

After fifteen generations, the Zildjian family is still in charge of the company, which is now headed by the first female CEO since 1999. It is one of the oldest businesses in the world as well as one of the most old family businesses in the world, and certainly the same in America. Zildjian society always keeps secret the formula of the alloy which for the first time did not leave indifferent neither the royalty, nor the people about four hundred years ago.

Source and attribution: By Kim2480 (Personal work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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