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IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1981; 38 years ago (1981) in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada
Meductic, New Brunswick
Key people
Robert Zildjian (founder)
Andy Zildjian (president/CEO)
Sally Zildjian-Teague

Sabian is a Canadian cymbal designer and manufacturer. It is one of the "big four" manufacturers of cymbals, along with Zildjian, Meinl and Paiste.[1].


Sabian Cymbals was founded in 1981 by Robert Zildjian. He had a conflict with his brother Armand a short period after he was not named as the main CEO and successor of Avedis Zildjian. Robert opened Sabian in the small eastern Canadian village of Meductic, New Brunswick. The name 'Sabian' comes from the first two letters of the names of Zildjian's three children (Sally, Billy, and Andy)[2]

In 1982, Sabian introduced the Automatic Anvil (AA) and the Hand Hammered (HH) lines, producing 45,000 cymbals in the first year.[3]

In 1989, Sabian produced its first signature artist cymbals, the Jack DeJohnette ride/hi hats and the Carmine Appice Silver Nickel Chinese.[3]. 8 years later,a larger plant opens in Meductic due to rising demands.[3]

Sabian introduced the HHX series in 2001 which brought in the Manhattan's darker hammering techniques.[3]. In 2011, with the help of Jojo Mayer, Sabian produces the OMNI series which is the product of years of R&D.[3]

Sabian cymbals are still made in New Brunswick to this day.[4]. Robert's son Andy is the most recent president of Sabian.[5]

In 2017, Sabian sponsored 'The Capital Project Presents:The Final Concert[6]


Some drum experts cite that Sabian is preferable for blues applications[7]

External links


  1. ^ "Crash Clash: The Shared History of Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals". Reverb. Reverb. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Zildjian, world-famous cymbal pioneer, dies in Brunswick". Bangor Daily News. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Sabian story a timeline of cymbal craft". Reverb. Reverb. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Robert Zildjian, Sabian Cymbals founder, dies at 89". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Robert Zildjian, Sabian Cymbals founder, dies at 89". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Sabian Cymbals Buys Tickets so People Can Attend 'Capital Project' Event for Free". Huddle Today. Huddle Today. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Sabian Vs. Zildjian: Clash of the Cymbal Titans". Medium. Medium. Retrieved 2018.

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