The Avedis Zildjian Company, simply known as Zildjian is an American manufacturer based in Norwell, Massachusetts. The company was founded in Istanbul by Armenian Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Zildjian is nearly 400 years old, and thus is one of the oldest companies in the world. Zildjian also sells drum-related accessories, such as drum sticks and cymbal carriers. It is the largest cymbal manufacturer in the world.
Sheet bronze cymbal lines
Zildjian's sheet bronze cymbals are made out of identical bronze discs, which are shaped, hammered, and lathed to their direct specifications. These cymbals have a higher pitch than their cast bronze counterparts and produce a more consistent sound.
ZBT ("Crisp, Clean, and Defined") – Zildjian's low-end line of sheet bronze cymbals. The ZBT alloy contains 92% Copper and 8% Tin and comes in a traditional finish.
S Zildjian ("Versatile & Bold") – A new cymbal family developed recently and was launched on February 2016. Made of B12 alloy (88% Copper and 12% Tin), top and bottom fully lathed and extensively hammered, with a brilliant finish.
Cast bronze cymbal lines
All of Zildjian's cast bronze cymbals contains 80% copper and 20% tin with traces of silver in its alloy.
FX ("Ethereal, Atmospheric, and Creative") – Special effects cymbals that include the Oriental and Azuka lines (designed by Alex Acuna), the spiral trash cymbal, and sound effects such as China cymbals, Zil-Bels, finger cymbals, and others. The FX series comes in both traditional and brilliant finishes.
Avedis Zildjian (A Zildjian) ("Bright, Full-bodied, and Natural") – The original line of Avedis Zildjian cast bronze cymbals. These cymbals come in both traditional and brilliant finishes.
Armand Zildjian – A sub-series of the A Zildjian line introduced in 2007. They are similar to the A Zildjian line but they are made with a slightly lower profile to approximate the classic cymbal sounds of the late 1960s. The Armand Zildjian cymbal line only comes in a traditional finish.
A Custom ("Fast, Modern, and Shimmering") – Cast bronze cymbals developed with Vinnie Colaiuta. Based on the original A Zildjians, A Customs have a particularly medium-thin to thin weight, making them very responsive and bright. These cymbals come in a brilliant finish. Also has a sub-series itself, ReZo; which is featured to have sounds of the Jazz era/1920s to 1970s.
K Zildjian ("Dark, Warm, and Expressive") – Cast bronze cymbals that stem from Kerope Zildjian's original hand-hammered line. The machine hammering on the K Zildjians makes them dark and dry. These cymbals come in both traditional and brilliant finishes.
K Constantinople Made in order to duplicate the looks and sound of Zildjian cymbals made in the early to mid-1900s.
Kerope The new Kerope from Zildjian draws upon all of Zildjian's rich history and cymbal-making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K recreation to date. Each cymbal is meticulously hand-crafted using a 14-step process that encompasses the best of everything we have learned in 390 years of cymbal making.
K Custom ("Rich, Dry, and Complex") – Cast bronze cymbals based on the original K Zildjians but are made with very complex machine hammering techniques. K Customs are popular among jazz drummers, and come in both traditional and brilliant finishes.
K Custom Hybrid – A subseries of the K Custom line developed with Akira Jimbo. K Custom Hybrids come in a traditional/brilliant finish, with the lathed outer edge in a natural finish and the unlathed inner part and bell in a brilliant finish.