To celebrate the life and cymbal-making legacy of Armand Zildjian, we’re opening the Family Cymbal Vault for the first time ever. We’d like to introduce you to Armand and our special limited-edition release of vintage A Zildjians, hand-selected by the cymbal testers at Zildjian.
Me neither! It's cool that Zildjian is doing this, but for TWO FREAKING GRAND??????
First off, how "vintage" is the 20" cymbal you are getting? Did Armand and/or Zildjian really set aside 200 of these back in the 60's or 70's because they were planning this 50+ years in advance? Doubtful. Maybe it's made in a "vintage" way, or it's an old Zildjian Armand series with the logos removed. My gut tells me it's not a "true" vintage A from the 40's or 50's, like the literature says. How do we know for sure? Oh, I forgot the "Certificate of Authenticity". Who's doing the authenticating? Zildjian? Also, no warranty on these because they aren't "new". I wonder what the cymbal mounting hole size is? Vintage Zildjian's used a smaller diameter mounting hole until about the mid 50's or so. If these have standard, 1/2" mounting holes then we know they aren't legit!
Second, even if you could verify that it was an actual vintage A cymbal from the time period stated, why would you spend 2 grand on it? You can find 20" vintage A's for a tenth of that price all day long, and all of those have been well broken in and usually have a nice patina, which is what most vintage cymbal aficionados want. I think having no patina and being unplayed would detract from what most vintage players desire. I guess the inspection gloves, drumsticks and hard case make up for the additional $1,800 you are spending.
Zildjian can obviously do what the want and charge what they want, but I suspect very few "real" drummers will be purchasing this. I have a feeling that most of these will go to drum shops and collectors, only to sit in a display case and never to be touched. I bet the person who buys this also owns an entire A & F kit and it never leaves their "play room".
Just my two cents. Not sure why anyone would spend that much on a "sound unheard" cymbal when you can play "real" vintage A's all day long at a tenth of that price.