So that means the letters continue in the same pattern and I assume that JI (2009) will be next. Variations of the famous Zildjian Trademark have been in existence for hundreds of years.
And if the same process is applied they will switch the letter in 2010? One might think that each succeeding trademark change would allow for a specific period of time to be associated with that marking.
They are as follows: ID - 1994 IE - 1995 IF - 1996 IG - 1997 IH - 1998 II - 1999 JJ - 2000 JA - 2001 JB - 2002 JC - 2003 JD - 2004 JE - 2005 JF - 2006How old is my cymbal? Variations of the famous Zildjian Trademark have been in existence for hundreds of years.
One might think that each succeeding trademark change would allow for a specific period of time to be associated with that marking.
But it can't be backed up other than with there own word. Yet that "never made" car will show up with undisputeable documentation. The car was supposedly never made until a few started showing up and dealer documantation was found through GM in the 80's.
Remember, Ziljian was a company trying to make money.
I think Zildjian has a q&a section on their website.
You might be able to surmise the cymbal type by investigating yourself, though, I have done this in the past. I just finished inventorying and noting the serial numbers of my cymbals.
I see this kind of situation happen in the collector car community and other fields.
Now cymbals aren't really even that valuable but in the car world many people will claim to be the only person who knows a certain bit of info. As if they were on the assembly line 24hrs a day 7 days a week to see.
In reality, it is necessary to maintain the registration of any particular trademark by incorporating its use periodically through time.