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Sunday, 31 August 2014


Cymbals have been used since antiquity. Numerous visual and written records describe their role in religious and other ceremonial rituals and in dance and theatrical presentations.

The word cymbal comes from the Latin cymbalum, derived from the Greek word kumbalom, which means a 'small bowl'.

Cymbal giants Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world. The first Zildjian cymbals rolled off the production line in 1623, in what was then Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).

The Zildjian cymbal company started making cymbals for frightening the enemies of the Ottoman Empire.

Orchestral cymbals used today are usually from Turkey, where the Zildjian family has been making these instruments for nearly 400 years.

Source Encyclopedia Britannica

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