Early 50s A Zildjians - 2 22"s and an 18"

shelfand

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Greetings!

Up for sale are three really nice 50s era old A Zildjians. I recently got married, and between that and holiday bills it's time to sell some cymbals. All cymbals in perfect physical shape, just some dirt/stick marks and signs of use. I can furnish a video of any of these, just PM with an email address. Please PM or email steven.helfand@gmail.com with questions or interest!

1.) 18" Tall (2") stamp crash/ride - this cymbal is pretty thin, and the weight that is there sits towards the cup, as is typical with this era. The edge is very thin, and the cymbal opens up with a great full crash. The stick sound is also very strong, making this cymbal very versatile. It's got the classic 50s bell with the flat top, and some great lathe chatter on top also. I'd call it thin in weight. Perfect physical shape, not even much dirt on this one. How about $225 + shipping.

2.) 22" Hollow block logo - this cymbal is a great example of a 50s hollow block logo. I'd call it medium-thin in weight, maybe 2400g. It has two non-factory rivet holes, which currently carry light steel split rivets. This adds a subtle sustain that sits well below a very strong, woody stick sound. The sustain of the cymbal is warm ands somewhat subdued, allowed the articulation to remain clear. Tall round bell which speaks very clearly. No issues at all aside from the rivet holes, which appear to be professionally drilled. $275+shipping.

3.) 22" Tall (2" stamp) ride - this is more on the medium side, perhaps 2600-2700g. 20" rivet holes which do appear to be factory. Super strong bell sound, stick sound is woody as well but here the sustain of the cymbal is a little more pronounced. This cymbal has a bit more of an umbrella profile as well, so the stick sound is strong, the decay pretty fast, and the pitch just a little higher than the other 22". Another great example of a 50s era Zildjian! Thinking about $300+shipping, I haven't seen a lot of tall stamps in this condition. I've been asked if it's a "Brilliant" finish; it appears fairly shiny in person, whether it be from the lathe tool or some sort of buffing after it was created. With the dirt and patina buildup, I have no reason to believe the finish is not original.
 

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About the brilliant finish on the 22" with the Hartrick Large Stamp Type III. Yes, brilliant finish has been done at the Zildjian factory since the Trans Stamp era. A forgotten quote from Pinksterboer (1992), The Cymbal Book p82 supports this:

Zildjian applied buffing before World War II.
This was published over 25 years ago but seems to be overlooked. News travels slow. :happy11: I've recorded many Trans Stamp era (and later) buffed cymbals. GLWS.
 

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BUMP! I'll certainly entertain reasonable offers...
 


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