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Aram Zildjian

President from 1909 to 1929

Aram Zildjian - Zildjian Family HistoryUpon Kerope's death in 1909, the Zildjian secret was passed to Kerope's Nephew, Aram (the second son of Avedis II.)

Aram, however found it difficult to continue manufacturing cymbals in Constantinople during a period of political upheaval. After joining the Armenian National Movement, he was forced temporarily to flee to Bucharest. Aram opened a second Zildjian factory in Bucharest, while Kerope's daughter Victoria stepped in to keep the factory in Samatya (a suburb of Constantinople) running. Eventually Aram returned to his native country, where he exported cymbals around the world, most notably to America, which was by then the largest consumer of musical instruments in the world.

In 1927, Aram writes his nephew, Avedis III (who is already living in America) telling Avedis that it is now his turn to carry on the family business. Avedis III, like his father Haroutune, was reluctant to assume responsibility for a 300-year-old family business, which had never been very profitable. Avedis III, the only surviving male in the direct line of succession, was an American, who owned a successful candy factory. He tells Aram that he will not return to Constantinople and therefore the cymbal business must be reestablished in America. Aram agrees to come and help Avedis set up the first Zildjian cymbal foundry in the United States. The company is incorporated in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1929 at the beginning of the Jazz Era.

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