Armand Zildjian 100th

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MARCH 1937

Jo Jones and his timekeeping hihats play along with count basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as part of "The all American rhythm section."

MARCH 1937

Jo Jones and his timekeeping hihats play along with count basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as part of "The all American rhythm section."

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MARCH 1937

Jo Jones and his timekeeping hihats play along with count basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as part of "The all American rhythm section."

ARMAND'S LEGACY

Born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1921, Armand was the first Zildjian to be born and raised in America. Music quickly became a vital part of Armand’s life, whether in the form of a drum kit in his basement or teaching himself trumpet. He was also an accomplished piano player after learning on a second-hand Steinway purchased during the Great Depression. Realizing at a young age that he loved the cymbal business, Armand would carry on the family’s 300-year-old tradition of cymbal making. Working under his father’s tutelage, he was taught the Zildjian secret process of melting alloys at age 14, and became skilled in every phase of the manufacturing operation. Assuming full responsibility for manufacturing after returning from the Philippines after serving in WWII, Armand was the first person to adapt manufacturing techniques - shaping, hammering, lathing - to elicit certain sound qualities from the metal. Equipped with his musicality and encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of cymbals, he would continue to experiment and develop new sounds for the rest of his life, which opened the door to the modern era of cymbal innovation we know today. 

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MARCH 1937

Jo Jones and his timekeeping hihats play along with count basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as part of "The all American rhythm section."

THE FATHER OF ARTIST RELATIONS

Armand always enjoyed his R&D role, but with his approachable, charismatic personality and legendary humor, he became the conduit between the Artists and the Craftsman, with an uncanny ability to translate what drummers were hearing in their heads to a finished cymbal. This gift led him to pioneer the first Artist Relations Program, which became the gold standard throughout the music industry. After Gene Krupa’s days developing the early A Cymbals with Avedis, Armand inherited this special partnership and developed a personal and working relationship with Gene. In a racially divided America when not all drummers were treated equally on the bandstand, everyone was family to Armand, and he forged professional relationships with the best and brightest drummers of the day, such as Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and many more. His collaborative spirit cemented his legacy as the “Father of Artist Relations”.

 

FROM THE VAULT OF ARMAND ZILDJIAN

 

We are pleased and proud to release genuine, 1940s – 1950’s-era vintage A Zildjian cymbals from Armand’s personal collection in celebration of what would have been Armand’s 100th birthday, and all that he achieved in his illustrious life. This special collection of early A Zildjian instruments was first stored in a bank safe in the Quincy plant, and after being handed to Armand following the passing of his father, Avedis III, have since been kept alongside other precious cymbals in the Zildjian Family Vault.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Only a very limited batch of these rare, hand-selected cymbals are being released from the Zildjian Family Vault. We're offering 100 cymbals in the U.S. and 100 internationally. In each Limited Edition Set, customers will receive: • 20" Vintage A Cymbal • Limited Edition Armand Zildjian Signature Drumsticks • Zildjian Inspection Gloves • Signed and Numbered Certificate of Authenticity • Limited Edition Armand Zildjian Book • Limited Edition Vintage-style Road Case *These vintage cymbals are not pristine and will be fingerprinted. Due to the extremely limited quantity and one-of-a-kind nature of these cymbals, there is no warranty on Armand Collection cymbals purchased in or outside the United States.

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MARCH 1937

Jo Jones and his timekeeping hihats play along with count basie, Walter Page and Freddy Green as part of "The all American rhythm section."

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