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40th Anniversary

A lot has changed in 40 years. At Sabian, one thing has remained the same: our hunger for the next great sound.
Here’s to all we’ve accomplished, all you’ve inspired us to do, and all that’s still to come.

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Key Moments

Four decades in, we’re taking a look back at the creativity, curiosity, and (mostly) controlled chaos that made us.


SABIAN comes to life with a bang, producing 45,000 cymbals in its first year—among them the legendary AA and HH series.


Things get bright and trashy with the release of one of the more unique designs seen in the music industry to date: the 8-sided 18” AA Rocktagon Crash brings the B20 alloy to another level.


The Larrie Londin Signature Series Ride is produced, paving the way for one of SABIAN’s bestselling series: AAX.


To keep up with soaring demand, SABIAN builds an entirely new factory.

SABIAN artist Virgil Donati plays live on site to celebrate the grand opening.


SABIAN halts all production for an all-hands-on-deck opportunity: artist Terry Bozzio’s Signature Radia Series.

In a testament to collaborative innovation, Terry, his sound tech, and SABIAN R&D specialists Nort Hargrove and Mark Love spend two straight weeks in the vault, producing 20 unique cymbals in record time.


SABIAN opens the new millennium with a new technique. Hand-hammering is used to create the world-famous HHX series.


The SABIAN R&D team decides to punch holes in a cymbal “just to see what would happen.” The O-zone is born; the first cymbal of its kind.

In another bold move the same year, artist Dave Weckl requests a thinner crash cymbal than anything that’s ever existed. The Evolution Series is born as a result.


Neil Peart drives his motorbike through a downpour of rain from Quebec to Meductic, New Brunswick, to meet with the SABIAN R&D team and create the bestselling Paragon Series.

The same year, with lathing machines and hammering stations in tow, SABIAN goes on “The Vault Tour”, giving the public a rare glimpse into the process of craftsmanship and creativity.


Testing a centuries-old legend that burying cymbals will oxidize them faster for a trashy earth tone, SABIAN buries 100 cymbals on R&D specialist Mark Love’s farm.

The entire collection is sold before it’s dug up in 2009.


SABIAN acquires Latin percussion company Gon Bops, another well-established family company with outstanding craftsmanship and handmade instruments.


The Chad Smith Signature Holy China is released.

Chad and SABIAN’s own Stacey Montgomery-Clark dress up as a priest and nun to make the announcement of the launch extra on-theme.


Breathing new life into an old practice, SABIAN combines the antique tradition of Turkish cymbal-making with modern hand-hammering to create the uniquely-designed Big and Ugly series.


The SABIAN Education Network is born; an industry-leading community headed by Joe Bergamini for drum teachers to improve their business, heighten their teaching skills, share ideas, and get inspired.


SABIAN introduces another industry first: frequency-reduced cymbals. The FRX offers better volume control for any gig in any environment.


SABIAN opens the Custom Shop. For the first time ever, drummers could chase a unique sound by creating their very own cymbal. The result? A cymbal that is literally one in 35 million (we did the math).


Forever chasing the next wave of innovation, SABIAN rebrands with a new logo.


The launch of the HHX Complex series marks the next evolution of the HHX line, changing the modern cymbal game and quickly becoming a fan favourite.


SABIAN enters another era: Play Your Way, celebrating all drummers.

From those playing on the biggest stages in the world to those jamming in their basements, they each find their own sound with SABIAN.