Founded 14 generations ago in Constantinople by an alchemist named Avedis I, who discovered an extremely musical metal alloy to create powerful, durable cymbals. The sultan named him Zildjian, Armenian for cymbalsmith. The family arrived in the U.S. in 1929, in time for Avedis Zildjian III to establish ties with hot new jazz drummers of the day. His son Armand created a modern factory. Today his daughters Craigie (CEO) and Debbie run the company.