a few days ago i got an email from a drummer in finland.
I'm doing some research on cymbals and their manufacturing. I was
wondering if you could tell me when was my Meinl Byzance 20" Medium Ride made? The serial number is 3043483. I haven't found any info anywhere so this is my last hope and I'd really appreciate any help.
all our serial are generated after a simple principal which tells you when the cymbal was made. in this case here the serial number is 3043483 and what it means is this:
first digit "3" is the year of manufacture: 2003
second and third digits "04" are the month of manufacture: april (04)
and the last digits "3483" are an ongoing number. they are not relevant for the manufacturing date.
we have started with the laser engraving in about 2001 for our byzance cymbals only. later on then we began to apply it to all other series as well.
in the late 90ies we used to have a series called "custom cymbal shop".
those had a serieal number applied using black ink on the inside of the
bell. that number works after the same principal. for example 9901335
means made in january 1999.
so next time you spot that number, you know what's going.