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Red Lettering "R" on an old Zildjian

gsmithxa

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Looking for a bit of info here. There's a Zildjian EAK cymbal in my area that popped up and the owner showed me a picture of a red letter "R" on the top of the cymbal. Does anyone know what this is? I want to say I heard these were specially marked for a reason, perhaps it was a tuner for this particular line? 
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I had a Gretsch 14X16 ft once that had an R stamped into the badge and on the inside also. Someone told me that is done to pieces of rental gear. IDK
 

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I have a few custom stamps, maybe I'll mark my keropes and K Cons for future queries!
 

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Never seen that before on any Zildjian.

That's probably not an EAK with that wide lathing. IAK (1988) or later imo.
Agreed. There's no way that's an EAK - none of the characteristics.
 

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Branding with a scarlet letter is a tradition where Zildjians are made going back to the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony. I’m not sure what this cymbals crime was, but it knows

Either that or a rental company or school district put it on there
 
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