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Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:43 AM

About Our Cymbal Serial Numbers

4021670 means made in february 2004
101002768 means made in october 2010
this old custom cymbal shop cymbal with the serial number 9901335 was made in january 1999


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.

- norbert

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

7 responses to "About Our Cymbal Serial Numbers"

henry posted on Oct 21, 2010 - 17:21 PM

Thank you. Awesome post--I\'m off to decode my cymbals.

henry posted on Jan 05, 2011 - 23:49 PM

Hi, I have a quick question. My cymbal SN is 081050919. Does it mean August, 2000 or January, 2008? Thank you.

- norbert posted on Jan 06, 2011 - 14:17 PM

it was made in october (10) of 2008 (08)

henry posted on Jan 08, 2011 - 22:01 PM

Thanks a lot!

sand-an posted on Jan 26, 2011 - 22:13 PM

Nice to know. Could be a beautiful idea for customers have a search box for serial number to know every detail available about the cymbal. We see the year-month, but other usefull things to know are e.g. weight.

I\'m searching some byzance jazz 22 ride but many time I found thin ride over 2,3/2,4 kg, more than some medium-thin ride of the same type and same diameter.

Padderick posted on Sep 22, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hi, yesterday i bought a meinl custom cymbal. The serial number: 80553450

Please! give me some information about this number and cymbal!

Greetz Pat.

Ricardo Silva posted on May 20, 2013 - 4:03 AM

Greetings, I just bought a pair of Byzance Dark Hi hats 13" and each one comes with a diferent serial number in the last 2 digits. The top one is 120706223 and the bottom one is 120706248. Weren't both suposed to have the same serial number? The bottom one is also thicker and this normal? Thanks for the answer.

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