SABIAN is all about designing and creating cymbals and sounds that are right for you.
Known as the 'modern, innovative cymbal maker with traditional roots,' we combine expertise and craftsmanship with creative vision, to design award-winning cymbals that make SABIAN the choice of such leading drummers as Chad Smith, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Portnoy, Dave Weckl, and Neil Peart, as well as percussion greats Evelyn Glennie DBE, Bob Becker, Ney Rosauro, Li Biao, Dennis DeLucia and Ralph Peterson, among many others around the world.
SABIAN was founded in late 1981, when one of the world's great names in cymbal making, Bob 'Sabian' decided drummers deserve better cymbals. Not happy with the quality, sound and relevance of cymbals made at that time, he launched SABIAN. Located in the small eastern Canadian village of Meductic, New Brunswick, SABIAN - most notably The Vault, where cymbals are designed - has since become the global center for cymbal and sound innovation. Our ongoing program of discovery and design means today's drummers and percussionist have a larger-than-ever selection of interesting and innovative cymbals to choose from, with models ranging from vintage to modern, from highly personalized to whatever you need.
SABIAN is a 'team'... a 'family', with many members - a growing number with over 20+ years experience - absolute masters of their craft. Even the 'SABIAN' name is family, comprised of the first two letters from the names of each of Bob's three children - SA (Sally), BI (Billy), AN (Andy). Today, Andy is the president of SABIAN, with Bob serving as chairman. And those rings appearing in the SABIAN logo? They represent the grooves cut into the surface of a cymbal.
Because sounds matters you will not only discover a wide range of cymbals and percussion pieces on this site (yes, you can hear their sounds as well), you will recognize that SABIAN innovation is all about creating new sounds that matter. Listen to the Artisan Ride and discover dark, tonal complexity. Or crash a multi-holed O-Zone for a combination crash/chinese response. The X-treme Crash produces raw glassiness, while the X-Plosion Crash delivers with power. And there are hundreds of other models, both traditional and innovative, producing vintage and modern sounds for every style of drummer and percussionist.
Today, with offices and depots dotted around the globe and distribution to approximately 120 countries, SABIAN is what Bob 'Sabian' and his family intended. But for us that is just the start. Ask why SABIAN exists, the answer is easier than ever: 'Because Sound Matters.'