When did they start adding inked logos onto cymbals?

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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:22 am

Basically, I have no idea about when cymbal companies started this, and I thought it would be nice to find out finally. :)

Also - did this stem from inked cymbals only go to compensated endorsers?


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Post Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:01 pm

Looking at music videos i think it happened in the early 80s maybe. but I really have no idea though.
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Post Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:12 pm

do you think there's an advantage to inked logos???? Maybe it's just cost effective
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Post Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:04 pm

dwtoast72 wrote:do you think there's an advantage to inked logos???? Maybe it's just cost effective


Obviously for marketing purposes.....duh!
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Post Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:24 am

b4 the companies started doin the ink thing, did u notice how cheap and shitty lookin cymbals from the early days used 2 look b4 that, but they werent?
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Post Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:09 pm

I can remember that the early Zildjian logos were outlines instead of solid
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Post Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:33 pm

Rockula! wrote:I can remember that the early Zildjian logos were outlines instead of solid


This is known as the "hollow" logo and it was inked onto Zildjian cymbals in the 1970s as a very effective marketing tool as magazines such as DownBeat were very popular and Modern Drummer was just coming into being. Then MTV burst onto the scene and - boom - logos everywhere!
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Post Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:53 pm

skitch wrote:
Rockula! wrote:I can remember that the early Zildjian logos were outlines instead of solid


This is known as the "hollow" logo and it was inked onto Zildjian cymbals in the 1970s as a very effective marketing tool as magazines such as DownBeat were very popular and Modern Drummer was just coming into being. Then MTV burst onto the scene and - boom - logos everywhere!


Yep. Logos are a marketing tool. You see the name swinging around your favorite drummer's kit and the standardization of lines did away with the need for picking cymbals based on weight. "I want a XX gram ride" turned into "I want a Rock Ride" or "I want a XX gram crash" into "I want Fast Studio Crash".
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Post Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:30 pm

SGarrett wrote:
skitch wrote:
Rockula! wrote:I can remember that the early Zildjian logos were outlines instead of solid


This is known as the "hollow" logo and it was inked onto Zildjian cymbals in the 1970s as a very effective marketing tool as magazines such as DownBeat were very popular and Modern Drummer was just coming into being. Then MTV burst onto the scene and - boom - logos everywhere!


Yep. Logos are a marketing tool. You see the name swinging around your favorite drummer's kit and the standardization of lines did away with the need for picking cymbals based on weight. "I want a XX gram ride" turned into "I want a Rock Ride" or "I want a XX gram crash" into "I want Fast Studio Crash".


And then Yamaha added red and yellow to the recording custom line up. You then saw them everywhere.