Zildjian cymbal dating stamps

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Each Bettis Nomad cymbal is marked with a serial number and the location in which it was made.This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file.Established in 2006, Bettis Cymbals provides high-end, custom cymbals, handmade using raw cast B20 cymbal blanks supplied by members of the Zildjian family.Beginning in June 2014, the Nomad project began with Matt Bettis travelling across The United States making cymbals on the road in his mobile cymbal shop.

Most Bellottis are relatively small 12"-15", and quite heavy.Their craftsmanship displays a fine lathing on top and bottom and very broad, circular-peen hand-hammering. The bellholes of most Bellottis are of small aperture, which suggests a fabrication date prior to the 1960s or earlier.The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.Because so few of these vintage cymbals exist on the market today (they are much less prevalent that some other vintage Italian contemporaries, such as Zanchi), Bellotti remains one of the more obscure names in cymbal manufacturers.

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Very finely crafted, most existing examples are likely to have been hand or field cymbals, due both to their weight and diameters.The tell-tale insignia is an embossed stamp on the underside of the cymbal. The first simply reads "Bellotti" on capital block letters.

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