Zildjian is a leading manufacturer of “original Turkish” cymbals and drum accessories. The company was incorporated in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1929 by brothers Avedis and Puzant Zildjian, but actually has its origins in the 17th century, when the first Avedis Zildjian, an alchemist, created a novel alloy (tin, copper and silver) that could make musical sounds without shattering. He was given the name Zildjian (zil, the Turkish word for “cymbal” + dji, a Turkish expression for “maker” or “seller” + “ian,” the most common suffix for Armenian surnames) by Sultan Osman II. As it turns out, the company is one of the oldest in the world, tracing its roots to the Ottoman Empire.
Not to mention, they have the best logo ever!
As an interesting aside, Zildjian’s main competitor, Sabian, was actually founded in 1981 by a disgraced scion of the Zildjian family, Robert, following a feud with older brother Armand, who was slated to take over the company. Oh Armenians. Always lunging for the mattress.
*I have no idea how to reply to replies on Tumblr, or if it’s even possible, but yes! Makes me think of “пузатый.” But not as bad as “Hrag” though, which one of my non-Armo friends likened to “the sound you’d make if you were choking on hot soup.”