Zildjian Cymbal, used by Buddy Rich

Zildjian Cymbal, used by Buddy Rich

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This cymbal was made by Avedis Zildjian Company in Norwell, Massachusetts, early 1980s. It is a cymbal, Avedis 6” Splash model, made of brass.

This cymbal is from a drumset used by Buddy Rich in 1983-1987.

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (1917-1987) began his professional career as a drummer, tap dancer, and singer with his parents' vaudeville act before the age of two. By the time he was six, "Traps, the Boy Wonder," had performed on Broadway and toured the United States and Australia.

With the demise of the vaudeville circuit and the popularity of the swing era, Buddy became an orchestra musician. His talents as a drummer landed him a job offer with Joe Marsala's band at the Hickory House in New York City in 1937. This led to a long line of high-profile performances with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. Buddy's playing style was characterized by phenomenal speed, four-way independence, and an uncanny way of driving a big band.

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Object Name
date made
early 1980s
Rich, Bernard "Buddy"
Avedis Zildjian Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Norwell
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 6 in; x 15.24 cm
overall: 13/16 in x 6 in; 2.06375 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cathy and Marie Rich
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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