About Us

SABIAN is all about designing and creating cymbals and sounds that are right for you.

SABIAN was founded in 1981, when Robert Zildjian - one of the world's great names in cymbal making came to the conclusion that drummers needed a better choice of cymbals. Unsatisfied with the quality, the sound and the very relevance of the cymbals being manufactured at the time, he opened SABIAN in the small eastern Canadian village of Meductic, New Brunswick.

Since that time the SABIAN Vault has become a global center for cymbal and sound innovation. And that same SABIAN innovation has resulted in an unprecedented level of choice from the most diverse offering of cymbal design ever available. As a result, modern drummers and percussionists can choose from models that range from vintage to modern, from dark to bright, from traditional to downright eclectic.

Visit Sabian.com to discover the vast range of cymbals and percussion instruments available to you - be sure to listen to sound clips and watch performance video. You will quickly agree that SABIAN innovation is all about creating new sounds that matter to musicians. Like the dark, tonal complexity of an Artisan Ride or the quick, trashy response of an O-Zone Crash. X-Treme Crashes produce raw glassiness, while X-Plosion Crashes delivers with raw power. And these are but a few models. There are hundreds of others, both traditional and innovative, producing vintage and modern sounds for drummers and percussionists from all genres.

Today, with offices and depots around the globe, and distribution into approximately 120 countries, SABIAN is exactly what Bob Zildjian and his family envisioned back in 1981. But it's really only the beginning. As musical styles and tastes are continually evolving, so is the art of cymbal making. And no company is better positioned to meet the demand for innovative sounds from artists around the globe. Ask any employee why SABIAN exists, the answer is obvious: "Because Sound Matters!"


Music is all about giving, about making people happy. At SABIAN we strive to please on many levels by being involved in activities and events that are meaningful to us and others.


The SABIAN/PASIC Scholarship is your opportunity to win a trip of a lifetime to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). There you will see the latest in percussion products, experience performances by great players from around the world, meet new friends and make new contacts.

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The late great session drummer Larrie Londin was a man who liked to share with others. That sharing continues through the PAS/SABIAN Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship.

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SABIAN is located alongside the St. John River, in the forests of New Brunswick, eastern Canada. This is a very wild and green area, so it is only natural that we not only take pride in our cymbal making, but also our record for recycling and ensuring our presence has an absolutely minimal impact on our surroundings.

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