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Avedis Zildjian Company announce I Family of cymbals and update to the Planet Z line

today26 February, 2020


The Avedis Zildjian Company is pleased to announce the release of reimagined cymbal options with the launch of the new I Family of cymbals and an update to the Planet Z line.  The new I Family of cymbals replaces the ZBT series.  Planet Z has been refreshed with a new alloy and new look, and continues to offer the same controlled and focused sound.

Taking its name from “Ilham”, the Turkish word for inspiration, the I Family is a collection of expressive sounds designed for the drummer who is looking to graduate from the fundamental sizes and sounds and bring their playing to the next level.  The series features modern weights and profiles, and fresh effects sounds.  “Cymbal trends are always changing, and as popular as ZBT has been since its debut in 1998, we realized that it wasn’t delivering everything today’s drummers were asking for”, says Andy Tamulynas, Global Category Manager, Zildjian Cymbals. “With the development of the I Family, we really started from the ground up and challenged what a B8 cymbal could be. The I Family is going to be a game changer. The thinner weights, modern profiles and unique special effect options are really going to allow intermediate drummers to carve out their own voice in a way that just wasn’t possible before.”    The I Family launches with a 10” splash, 14”, 16”, 17”, 18”, 19” crashes, 18” and 20” crash rides, 20” and 22” rides, 13” and 14” hihats, 14” mastersound hihats, a 14” trash crash / hihat top, a 17” trash crash, and 16” and 18” chinas.  The I Family is also offered as a band pair, available in 14” and 16” sizes.  A variety of configurations of cymbals are offered in 6 cymbal packs.


Planet Z has been refreshed in 2020, updating its alloy, look, and sound to match the needs of drummers today.  Crafted from brass, Planet Z continues to be bright and cutting, with a more controlled and focused sound.  Planet Z also remains versatile, offering the standard sizes and sounds that can tackle any style of music.  This makes Planet Z ideal for drummers looking to start their musical journey, as well as those drummers looking for a bright cymbal sounds that cuts through a mix. “Brass is an ideal material for entry level cymbals because of its controlled sustain. The reduced wash makes it easy for the drummer to hear exactly what’s being played, so that they can learn more quickly.  And for the non-beginner who is just looking for a good value on a solid set of cymbals, Planet Z delivers all the standard sizes and sounds you need to tackle any kind of music,” says Tamulynas.   Planet Z has been trimmed to offer the essentials – available in a 10” splash, 16” crash, 18” crash ride, 20” ride, 13” and 14” hihats, and an 18” china.  A variety of configurations are offered in 3 cymbal packs, making it easy to create a full set-up.

Planet Z and the I Family of cymbals are entry points into the Zildjian family of cymbals.  As drummers seek their sound, they’re able to evolve, expand, and explore further within Zildjian – adding versatility with the S Family of cymbals, complementing sounds with the addition of the FX line, and exploring further into the complex sounds of the A and K Families of cymbals.

See all the latest offerings from Zildjian this September at The UK Drum Show. (26&27 Sept 2020)


Written by: The UK Drum Show

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