Their name is synonymous with the cymbals that can be found on almost every drum set you come across.
That's amazing and is likely due to one of the most interesting facts about them...
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An alchemist known by the name Avedis was doing the typical alchemist thing of trying to transmute the self and mind while also trying to transform base metals into valuable gold.
Previously, Zildjian had been hammering their cymbals by hand with a Quincy drop hammer, but to cut costs they developed the thin rolling method of pressing out cymbals from a sheet of their custom material.
This revolutionized everything, including a consistency of product and quality assurance. Beyond moving the company into insane profit levels, he also made quite a name for himself.
Avedis was tapped by the Sultan Osman II, who was running the Ottoman Empire at the time, to create noisemakers to frighten their enemies during war confrontations.
Avedis was successful and given a new name as a title of sorts... It means, roughly, "Bell Maker." The "bells" used to scare the enemy was none other than the cymbal!