After three Centuries of manufacture in Turkey, in 1929 the secret Zildjian cymbal formula passed on again to the oldest living Zildjian male heir, American immigrant Avedis Zildjian III. Avedis was born in 1889 in Samatya, not far from Constantinople and emigrated to America in 1909. Avedis was a bright and cosmopolitan man who was fluent in five languages and posessed a natural flair for business. While working as a candy store owner, Avedis met and married Alice "Sally" Goodale, an attractive and intelligent Yankee from Dorchester, MA and in 1921, they had a son, Armand. Two years later another son, Robert was born.
Then in 1927, destiny came calling in form of a letter from his father's brother, Aram, telling Avedis that it was now his turn to take over the ancient family art of cymbal making. But rather than return to Turkey where the Zildjian family had crafted cymbals since 1623, Avedis convinced Aram to move the company to the U.S. With Aram's guidance, Avedis opened the new cymbal factory at 39 Fayette Street in the Norfolk Downs section of Quincy, MA in 1929.
The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand's daughter, Craigie, in 1999. Currently, Craigie and her sister Debbie continue the family tradition in what is ————recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.
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