How to Date Zildjian A 20" Medium Ride Brilliant Finish

Fadi Ayat

Member
I don't remember when I bought this ride, I can only guess it was 15 or 20 years ago, and I couldn't tell you how old it is either. But it's a brilliant finish Zildjian a medium ride. I'm pretty sure it's not an a custom..I believe they discontinued the a brilliant came out with the a custom line?. I was hoping someone could help me put a date of manufacturing?
 

Peedy

Senior Member
somebody could help if you post a picture
Yep. You’ll need some clean shots of the front and bad back of the back plus a good closeup of the logo. There’s more than enough vintage Zildjian expertise around here to answer whatever your questions.

Pete
 

Peedy

Senior Member
I don't remember when I bought this ride, I can only guess it was 15 or 20 years ago, and I couldn't tell you how old it is either. But it's a brilliant finish Zildjian a medium ride. I'm pretty sure it's not an a custom..I believe they discontinued the a brilliant came out with the a custom line?. I was hoping someone could help me put a date of manufacturing?
Hey Fadi. The trick is to take the pic or pics with an iPhone 6 or later and then resize it to about 800 x 600 dpi. That will fit on the system.
 

Ghostin one

Senior Member
Maybe this will help (copied from the reverb Zildjian dating article):

Laser engraving
Beginning in 1994, Zildjian introduced a laser-engraved serial number on the bottom of the stamp for easy identification. The two letters at the beginning of the numerical sequence distinguish the year.

The list can be found below:

  • ID - 1994
  • IE - 1995
  • IF - 1996
  • IG - 1997
  • IH - 1998
  • II - 1999
  • JJ - 2000
  • JA - 2001
  • JB - 2002
  • JC - 2003
  • JD - 2004
  • JE - 2005
  • JF - 2006
  • JG - 2007
  • JH - 2008
  • JI - 2009
  • AJ - 2010
  • AA - 2011
  • AB - 2012
  • AC - 2013
  • AD - 2014
  • AE - 2015
  • AF - 2016
  • AG - 2017
  • AH - 2018
  • AI - 2019
  • BJ - 2020
 

Fadi Ayat

Member
Maybe this will help (copied from the reverb Zildjian dating article):

Laser engraving
Beginning in 1994, Zildjian introduced a laser-engraved serial number on the bottom of the stamp for easy identification. The two letters at the beginning of the numerical sequence distinguish the year.

The list can be found below:

  • ID - 1994
  • IE - 1995
  • IF - 1996
  • IG - 1997
  • IH - 1998
  • II - 1999
  • JJ - 2000
  • JA - 2001
  • JB - 2002

  • JC - 2003
  • JD - 2004
  • JE - 2005
  • JF - 2006
  • JG - 2007
  • JH - 2008
  • JI - 2009
  • AJ - 2010
  • AA - 2011

  • AB - 2012
  • AC - 2013
  • AD - 2014
  • AE - 2015
  • AF - 2016
  • AG - 2017
  • AH - 2018
  • AI - 2019
  • BJ - 2020
Thank you for the info. .I went and had a look at some of my Zildjians in the garage and found out some interesting facts . .

20 inch K custom mediaum ride - IH
18 China Oriental Trash - JC
Pair of 13 Inch K/Z hit-hats are pre-serial (I'd like to take a picture of the stamp post here and see if someone can date this one as well)

I'll make an update as I gather info on the rest of my cymbal stack. Thank you again.
 

Fadi Ayat

Member
This is the stamp on the Z bottom 13 inch . . I was not able to take a picture of the K top. .It just wouldn't show up. .
zildjianz.jpg
 

timmdrum

Silver Member
Take it slow. Maybe just grab a cup of coffee or something, see if you have a connection.
Fadi: "About me? I like gourmet Italian food, long walks on the beach...
Zildjian: "Pang spang-a-lang spang a lang!"
Fadi: "Wow, yeah, we have so much in common! Wanna get outta here?"
Zildjian: "Psssshhhhhh!"
 
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