(Left) Craige Zildjian and Vic Firth
Not only ’tis the season to be jolly – it’s also the season for radical shakeups within the stick industry. And it doesn’t seem altogether coincidental that following closely on the heels of D’Addario’s announced acquisition of Pro-Mark comes a similar revelation concerning another two percussive powerhouses – Zildjian and Vic Firth. But more than one person in the DRUM! office was left scratching his or her respective head at the careful wording of the statement released from Zildjian CEO Cragie Zildjian’s office that the two companies would “merge” rather than one purchasing the assets of the other. I’m sure more details will emerge in time, and we’ll be sure to pass the news along to you as soon as it becomes available.