….what the word Zildjian means.
Zil - Turkish for “cymbal” or “bell”
dij – “builder”
ian – “son of”
Based on this logic, let’s look at Van Tassel.
Van – a large cargo or passenger carrying vehicle, usually bad on gas and breaking down regularly
T - a refreshing or sometimes calming hot drink
ass – a donkey
el – found in front of the word “El Salvador”.
Conclusion? I’m a central American hot drink loving mule with a gas problem. Nowhere near as cool as being a cymbal builder.
I have a friend who is a complete guitar/bass wizard and is completely capable of fixing any problem his instrument may cause, and also identifying that not original Bubinga wood piece on the back of your whatever year guitar. He’s inspired me to at least learn a bit of history about the tools I use on a daily basis. The book I’m reading is a history of the Zildjian family, and it’s pretty fascinating. Lots of lies, explosions, and great drummers, all the components of a good thriller I’d say.