All the rest fall into line in chronological order according to their appearance. Because that's exactly the reason why trademark dating theory was made possible.Zildjian discourages any inquiries converning their vintage cymbals.They didn't care about what stamp was used 50-100 years ago. That would throw the Trademark Dating Theory out the window.If a stamp broke on there stamping machine, they would likely replace it with whatever they had until it was repaired or a new one was made. Especially if they made that comment about reusing stamps.In reality, it is necessary to maintain the registration of any particular trademark by incorporating its use periodically through time.Due to that fact, we cannot accurately assess the age of any cymbal made before 1995.I also have cymbals that range from 2006 thru 1995. In reality, it is necessary to maintain the registration of any particular trademark by incorporating its use periodically through time.The only problem with this statement is that they only ever reused one trademark.
When a scientist discovers something that truly nobody in the world knows, a paper is written and published and other scientists (or expects or even amatuers in the field) will research into the work to verify results whatever they may be. In this case with cymbals we can only try to reasearch history.I see this kind of situation happen in the collector car community and other fields.Now cymbals aren't really even that valuable but in the car world many people will claim to be the only person who knows a certain bit of info. As if they were on the assembly line 24hrs a day 7 days a week to see.But it can't be backed up other than with there own word. Yet that "never made" car will show up with undisputeable documentation. The car was supposedly never made until a few started showing up and dealer documantation was found through GM in the 80's.Remember, Ziljian was a company trying to make money.