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Old 04-13-2013, 01:45 PM
royal ace royal ace is offline
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Default 50s Zildjian Hi-Hats

Scored these 14" hats today on Ebay.
top: small stamp 776g, bottom: trans stamp 1110g
Cleaned by seller(?) But that's OK. They'll develop a nice patina in about 30 years!
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:19 AM
Rik_Everglade Rik_Everglade is offline
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What is that stamped above the logo? Is that a "G"? If so, I thought only imported cymbals got the "G" stamp if they were from Gretsch. I'd like to find out that piece of info.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:49 AM
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What is that stamped above the logo? Is that a "G"? If so, I thought only imported cymbals got the "G" stamp if they were from Gretsch. I'd like to find out that piece of info.
Might you be referring to the small holes near the edge on the trans stamp?
Four holes have been drilled... either for rivets or, more likely, for escape of air.... probably not originally drilled by Zildjian.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:12 AM
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So it's a hole...explains my confusion.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:28 PM
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Those rivit holes are factory,...4 or 6 are common on A`s. !i
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:08 PM
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Those rivit holes are factory,...4 or 6 are common on A`s. !i
WOW! In hihat bottoms?

As Johnny used to say, "I did not know that!"

Thanks for the info.

Ron

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:01 AM
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Those rivet holes are factory, 4 or 6 are common on A's
Do you have a reference for this? I'm thinking old ad copy or catalog from the Trans stamp era.

I haven't got any catalogs or ads going back that far in time. And I just re-read that section of The Cymbal Book but it isn't at all explicit on when companies started drilling holes in bottoms. It makes it sound like that was only post 1970s, but as I say it isn't explicit. Any help appreciated.
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