Ziljian History
For generations, Zildjian has been there with drummers on their quest for that certain sound that defines them and their music. We understand drummers' constant pursuit of perfection, and their drive to give voice to the sounds inside them. At Zildjian, our vision is to follow the music and tirelessly build upon a centuries old history of cymbal making that has given the world the legacy of A and K sounds with new, innovative products for today's players such as Gen16, Kerope, and our Z Family of cymbals, ZBT and ZHT. We continuously strive to push the boundaries of cymbal making. We remain dedicated to building on our rich heritage, while embracing the future. When you play Zildjian, you are part of a proud heritage of drumming. From Buddy Rich to Travis Barker and so many drummers who will follow; welcome to the Zildjian family.

Zildjian produces cymbals from two different processes. The traditional cast bronze and the more economical Z Family bronze.

Cast Bronze – These cymbals are individually poured and cast from raw molten metal. Each casting is cooled and sorted by weight for each cymbal model. Castings are then put through a complex sequence of heating, rolling, shaping, hammering and lathing techniques unique to each cymbal range. Cast bronze cymbals have a rich, full-bodied sound that improves with age. They also have greater projection, clarity and durability than any other cymbals.

Zildjian cast cymbals are made from the Zildjian alloy, which is comprised of 80% copper, 20% tin and trace amounts of silver.

A Family

Bright and sweet, the Zildjian A legacy sound defines the standard for cymbal sounds, offering a full range of tonal qualities from classic, full-bodied A Zildjian (often referred to as just A's) to fast, smooth A Customs. Complementing the Zildjian product offerings is a full line of fx (sound effects) cymbals to accentuate any style of music. For those who remember the Z3 models, they are now called Heavy A's (same great sound, just a new name).

"A Zildjian"
Classic sound is embodied by "A Zildjian" and immortalized in countless recordings by the greatest drummers of all time. These bright cymbals are known for their versatility. They range from paper thin and delicate to extra heavy and cutting. The Zildjian Sound Lab recently made adjustments to the curvature of its current models to capture the sweet spot of the classic A sound, producing crashes, rides, and hi-hats that reflect today's musical styles.

"A Custom"
Made using radical rotary hammering techniques, these cymbals are available in weight ranges mostly from paper thin to medium heavy weights. A striking brilliant finish produces a crisp, sweet and bright sound. Great in any number of playing situations, these cymbals are ideal for contemporary music with their fast response and clean attack.

"Fx Series"
While not mentioned in the name, the fx Series are part of the A Family. Experiment with a variety of effects and accents with this unique, innovative line of cymbals from Zildjian. Add exotic colors and character to your sound with an Oriental China Trash or a Trashformer.

K Family

Characterized by dark overtones, the Zildjian K legacy sound draws on the Zildjian centuries-old tradition of cymbal making, providing a rich spectrum of sound. Warm, expressive K's. Complex, modern K Customs. Legendary K Constantinople, famous for their perfectly blended tones.

"K Zildjian"
K Zildjian cymbals (often referred to as just K's) continue to inspire drummers today with their deep, warm, and expressive sounds developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey. Elaborate hammering and lathing techniques work the Zildjian alloy into versatile cymbals that are dark yet well suited for a wide variety of musical genres from jazz to rock.

"K Custom"
The modern voice of the K Family, K Custom is dark, rich, and dry. Designed with today's diverse music scene in mind, K Custom is both powerful and vibrant, yet dark and gentle.

"K Kerope"
Launched in 2014, K Kerope from Zildjian draws upon all of Zildjian's rich history and cymbal-making expertise to bring forth the most authentic vintage K recreation to date. Each cymbal is meticulously hand-crafted using a 14-step process that encompasses the best of everything we have learned in 391 years of cymbal making. The unique design of these cymbals give Kerope an already "played-in" feel. A proprietary patina process replicates the sonic and aesthetic characteristics of a vintage cymbal. Gram weights are also hand-written under the bells of all Kerope cymbals.

"K Constantinople"
The legendary K Constantinople is the pinnacle of the Zildjian cymbal line, renowned for its perfectly blended sound quality. Complex hammering contributes to the cymbal's unique sonic identity and dark tones that can be at once cutting and smooth. Drawing on cymbal-making techniques perfected in the Zildjian Sound Lab, K Constantinople cymbals can range from subtle to explosive.

Z Family Cymbals

Ideal for beginner and intermediate players, these cymbals begin as pre-formed disks cut from metal with uniform thickness.

Precision hammering and shaping pummels cymbal discs, loosening the alloy's molecular structure and freeing up its distinctive tone. These bronze cymbals have a very fast response with a quick decay. They have excellent durability and a consistent sound within each respective model.

Affordably priced, these bronze cymbals are an ideal first cymbal choice.


This is your introduction to the Zildjian family of cymbals. With innovative manufacturing techniques developed in the Zildjian Sound Lab, ZBT delivers a bright, intense sound that cuts through the mix. ZBT cymbals also feature extensive lathing with a traditional finish.


The Zildjian signature B12 alloy delivers a rich sounding cymbal that is bright, melodic, and designed for a wide range of musical styles.

Gen 16 Cymbals

The Gen16 Buffed Bronze cymbal produces a richer and warmer tone then the original Gen16 nickel plated cymbal. Each Gen 16 cymbal utilizes a patented pattern of holes, in varying sizes to reduce the sound pressure level (SPL) by as much as 70% great for practice or performance situations that require reduced volume. The cymbal masters at Zildjian developed special manufacturing techniques to create the world's first reduced volume acoustic cymbal. Gen 16 cymbals can be used with Gen 16 electronics or simply as reduced volume cymbals.

Zildjian Cymbals