Avedis The First was an alchemist in Constantinople in the 17th century. His attempts to create gold by combining base metals led instead to a copper, tin and silver alloy with unique sound qualities. He became an artisan who used this discovery to create cymbals of extraordinary clarity and power. As his reputation grew, he was given the name 'Zildjian' Armenian for 'Cymbalmaker'. 

The Zildjian secret alloy is now 4 centuries old. It has been passed down between Zildjian heirs for 14 generations. 

Zildjian has been recognized as the oldest continually family owned business in America.