|Founded||1981Meductic, New Brunswick, Canadain|
|Headquarters||Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada|
Robert Zildjian (founder) |
Andy Zildjian (president/CEO)
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)
In 1982, Sabian introduced the Automatic Anvil (AA) and the Hand Hammered (HH) lines, producing 45,000 cymbals in the first year.
In 1989, Sabian produced its first signature artist cymbals, the Jack DeJohnette ride/hi hats and the Carmine Appice Silver Nickel Chinese.. 8 years later,a larger plant opens in Meductic due to rising demands.
Sabian introduced the HHX series in 2001 which brought in the Manhattan's darker hammering techniques.. In 2011, with the help of Jojo Mayer, Sabian produces the OMNI series which is the product of years of R&D.
In 2017, Sabian sponsored 'The Capital Project Presents:The Final Concert
Some drum experts cite that Sabian is preferable for blues applications