This is common on EAK cymbals, but there are also EAKs that have the words written in right side up.This is the stamp in the bronze, which is not useful for determining the age of the cymbal.What you will need to know There really is only one method of ascertaining the age of a zildjian cymbal and that is the Manufacturer’s stamp that is enbossed onto each cymbal.The stamps were each used for a period of years and each one is slightly different.
The telltale feature—the angular shape of the letter “J” in “ZILDJIAN”—is more pronounced in the middle era stamps.
Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, and Slovak.
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The same stamp was used for machine made cymbals in the following years.
Ironically, the Arabic text translates to “Avedis Zildjian” while the English says “K Zildjian & Co.” and this is the same combo of Arabic and English that the Zildjian company uses today.