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To celebrate 400 years since Avedis Zildjian began smithing cymbals in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire in 1623, the fabled brand is releasing a limited quantity of one-of-a-kind bronze alloy snare drums. Inspired by the legendary B20 bronze formula developed by Avedis Zildjian himself, the expert makers at Zildjian have collaborated with boutique metal snare designer Aaron Latos of Latos Drums to create an instrument with a look, feel and sonic signature worthy of any drummer’s envy. Perhaps most impressively, this heirloom-quality 400th Anniversary Alloy 14x6.5" snare is endlessly versatile, equally at home in front of a wall of amps as it is behind an orchestra or in a jazz quartet—a righteous testament to a brand that has transcended time and genre.

Zildjian 400th Anniversary Alloy Snare Drum Shell

State-of-the-Art Cast Bronze Shell

Every now and then, Zildjian, a household name synonymous with cymbals, dabbles in crafting metal snares for truly special releases. And it’s for good reason. Zildjian’s original B20 bronze and all their ensuing variant alloys have won a sterling reputation for their tonal character, resilient build and stunning shimmer. The 400th Anniversary Alloy snare features 100% pure Zildjian alloy from their cymbal foundry, leveraging a state-of-the-art shell casting process that’s been meticulously devised to give your snare ideal power, projection and expressiveness.

Zildjian 400th Anniversary Alloy Snare Drum Design

Expert Design

For this 400th Anniversary Alloy snare, Zildjian teamed up with master snare designer Aaron Latos, a legendary craftsman in his own right. Together, they devised shell specifications and hardware design, sparing no detail and consideration in creating the perfect sound and timeless aesthetic. The shell is precision machined to a thickness of 5 mm, and it bears a batter-side round over edge with a 30-degree cut, while the snare side sports a sharper 45-degree geometry to optimize crispness and responsiveness.

Zildjian 400th Anniversary Alloy Snare Wires

Cutting-Edge Snare Bed and Throw-Off Design

As the ideal accompaniment to this special 400th Anniversary Alloy shell, 8" wide snare beds utilize a blend of modern and classic designs, meant to accentuate the shell’s natural tonality while lending it a more centered articulation. Latos Drums’ beautifully minimalist patented throw-off lets you smoothly and seamlessly engage and disengage the snare with its cutting-edge vertical-pull design. Tension can be adjusted on the player side, and it affords plenty of drop distance. This drum is equipped with Vic Firth Canopus 26 strand snare wires, fashioned from Japanese steel with narrow bronze end plates for greater dynamic range and less sympathetic buzz.

Zildjian 400th Anniversary Alloy Snare Drum Hardware

Supreme Hardware Appointments

Custom-machined from 304 stainless steel and flaunting an electro-polished finish, all hardware components on the 400th Anniversary Alloy snare have been carefully curated to create this marvelous instrument. Vintage-informed flangeless counter hoops implement their Half Cast, 10-lug design with a 3.2 mm ring and precision-welded eyelets, delivering a matchless combination of tuning stability, resonance and durability. Its tube lugs, butt plate and tension rods are fully machined to ensure efficient, accurate and consistent tuning.

From its lovingly formulated Zildjian alloy shell to its custom stainless-steel washers, every piece of this 400th Anniversary snare has been designed and made to create a final product that is even greater than the sum of its parts. A worthy commemoration of its vast legacy, it combines the archetypical tonal, aesthetic and resilient qualities that have catapulted and maintained Zildjian’s success over the centuries. Add this extraordinary snare to your kit or collection, and become a part of the Zildjian story today.

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  • 6.5x14"
  • 10 lug
  • 5 mm straight shell
  • Electro-polished 304 stainless steel components
  • 3.2 mm Half Cast flangeless straight hoops
  • Fully machined lugs, throw-off, butt plate, tension rods and key
  • Custom molded hardcase
  • Inspection gloves
  • Certificate of Authenticity

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Avedis Zildjian Company Warranty Statement

As of October 1, 2009, all Zildjian Cymbals are guaranteed against manufacturer's defects for two (2) years from the date of original purchase.
For warranty claims outside the U.S., contact your local Zildjian distributor. Click here for the international distributor locator.
Warranty Process
Cymbals that show factory defects within two years of their original purchase are eligible for examination at our factory. Zildjian experts will evaluate the damage and issue a replacement cymbal, unless it appears the damage is related to improper use or care.

If you believe your cymbal has a factory defect:
1. Contact Zildjian to obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#), via telephone: 781-871-2200.
2. Indicate the location of the damage on the cymbal with a piece of tape.
3. Make a photocopy of your original numbered and dated sales receipt.
4. Carefully package your cymbal. Include your RA# and the photocopy of your sales receipt in the box.
5. Ship the package to:
Avedis Zildjian Company
22 Longwater Drive
Norwell, MA 02061

A Cymbal will not be replaced if:
1. It has been misplayed, dropped, played with excessive force or treated abusively.
2. The center hole is worn due to improper stand set-up or abusive play.
3. The cymbal was bought second-hand or used in a lease program.
4. The cymbal has previously been replaced by Zildjian.
5. More than two years have passed since the cymbal was purchased.

Warranty Notes:
• Cost of shipping a damaged cymbal to Zildjian is the customers responsibility.
• Factory evaluations take approximately 4 - 6 weeks.
• Cymbals that do not meet the warranty guidelines will be returned to customer.
• Cost of shipping a replacement or damaged cymbal back to the customer will be covered by Zildjian.

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