The Avedis Zildjian Company, simply known as Zildjian is an American-based musical instrument manufacturer and the largest cymbal and drumstick maker in the world. In 1623, the company was founded in Istanbul by Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian. Zildjian is now based in Norwell, Massachusetts. Zildjian is one of the oldest manufacturers of musical instruments in the world. Zildjian sells cymbals, drumsticks, percussion mallets, and other drum accessories under the Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Balter Mallet brands.