Robert Zildjian was born on July 14 1923 in Boston, the younger son of Avedis Zildjian III and his American wife.Although descended from 10 generations of Armenian cymbal makers, Bob’s father had established a successful confectionery business before an uncle arrived from Turkey bringing with him the secret family process in metalworking and cymbal-making.If logo, trademarks and model name face one direction with a Zildjian logo on the bottom, it was produced between 1987-1996. I gave the cymbal a quick check last night and didn't see a serial number anywhere. The China Boy was available during the hand hammered, EAK (Early American K) period. I have also always wondered how they got away with that name.I'm pretty sure one side has all the markings (Zildjian, K, China Boy) and the other side just says "Zildjian." When I get some time I'll post a picture and more thoroughly check for a worn serial number. I bought it for 0, but got the store owner to give me a credit to the shop because I told him I felt that was too much after the fact. Not sure if they were available right from the start in '82, but if not, it wasn't long before they were. Seems like a bad move that would have garnered them a lot of bad press. From the Zildjian site: Early US K's were hammered via a mechanical reciprocating hammer while a cymbal was hand fed into the hammer area and this was done while the cymbal was still a flat blank.The rock’n’roll and pop crazes fuelled demand for the company’s cymbals, and in 1967 Zildjian established a subsidiary operation called Azco.But after the death of their father in 1979, the two Zildjian brothers quarrelled, and it took two years of litigation in the Massachusetts courts to reach a settlement under which Armand kept the original Zildjian company and Bob received the Azco subsidiary.
Copper and tin, essential to cymbal production, were also the principal components in the manufacture of shells and bullet casings, and metal rationing almost closed the company down.
I was curious if anyone knows what years the K China Boy series were made and when they changed the name.
I'm trying to get a rough idea of the age of the cymbal. I dont recall if the K China Boys were introduced with the series debut, but they were definitely early 80s.
I just bought a used 19" Zildjian K China Boy cymbal.
It's in great shape and looks new, but I know the specific "China Boy" models have been discontinued for a while.