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Old 05-27-2015, 05:08 PM
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Default Zildjian Factory Tour...

If anyone is in the Northeast and hasn't gone to a Zildjian factory tour, please do so.

Lots of history in this building. You would appreciate why cymbals $$$. I wouldn't want to work in the factory, but pretty cool.

The best job there is the sound room. They have 2 cymbals they test against: high and a low. Anywhere in that range is acceptable. Even the low was great.

He also had consti's setup for sound testing. He has been there since late 50's. Worked alot with Buddy Rich. And you could tell, his cymbal demonstration was evident that Buddy gave him some private tricks.

I'll post a few pics later....
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:15 PM
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Looking forward to the pictorial. That's my kind of tour....maybe a brewery tour too.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:43 PM
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

I happened to be in the area one day in Boston on vacation and tried to sneak into one. They turned me away but gave me lots of swag for my trouble. T shirt, hat, stickers, that kind of crap. Wasn't a totally wasted drive.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

Sounds great. Was this a public tour? Can one just sign up?
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

a few tour pics of the legends and gear....

enjoy!!
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:29 PM
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Sounds great. Was this a public tour? Can one just sign up?
email to: kellym@zildjian.com

They do public factory tours once a month.
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

Thanks for posting this. Do you have more pics? Would love to see them.

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Old 05-29-2015, 03:31 PM
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

Thanks for posting. For a second there I thought a Turkish dude was walking into the conference room to show you some crash cymbals.
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Ron! You should have let me know you were going - I would have gone with you! Damn! Oh, and nice shirt... Mike St. Pierre
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:56 AM
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Ron, did you go home with any new pies ?
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:26 PM
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Ref: the Tony Williams picture text, with the exception of back line cymbal provision, I've never understood this. To me. the beauty of a hand hammered cymbal is it's individuality, as well as it's greater depths/layers of overtones. Yes, consistency aids the modern internet sales model, but not necessarily the player looking for nuance in the cymbal selection process. Just saying' :)

Ron - great pictures, & looks like an interesting day out :)
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Ref: the Tony Williams picture text, with the exception of back line cymbal provision, I've never understood this. To me. the beauty of a hand hammered cymbal is it's individuality, as well as it's greater depths/layers of overtones. Yes, consistency aids the modern internet sales model, but not necessarily the player looking for nuance in the cymbal selection process. Just saying' :)

Ron - great pictures, & looks like an interesting day out :)


I get it, from Tony's seasoned ear the dog's were really noticeable compared to a a keeper (not just ZILDJIAN, any companies hand hammered cymbal).

Yes sound is subjective, and drummer 'A' might think a doggy cymbal is to their liking, but finding a needle in hay stack is a chore and would take a trip to the factory and hrs of searching.

The best sounding ZILDJIANS IMO are head and shoulders above the best sounding cymbals of any other brands. Back in the day I don't think they rejected as many cymbals for sound reason$, with the hammer they made them work.

So one could easily go to the factory and hit thru 1000 'new' ZILDJIANS and hear differences each time, but the spread of the differences is going to be narrower than in the days of hand hammered.

I've owned and played some doggy old hand hammered ZILDJIANS, their characteristics not summing up to an equal, pleasing sound... which is something ZILDJIAN has evolved into doing over the years, they've found out how to better put all those characteristics in a sonically pleasing row with greater consistency and still keep the magic.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:25 AM
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

ronyd: I hope you don't mind my piggybacking on your thread. A few week back, our local store (the Drum Shop North Shore) invited me to go on a tour of the factory. It was like going to Willy Wonka's.
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Default Re: Zildjian Factory Tour...

How to go there from NYC? I'm commuting. Thanks
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