is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cymbals
. The company was founded in 1981
in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada
by Robert Zildjian, son of Avedis Zildjian III, the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company
. Family tradition had it that the head of the company would only pass its secrets down to the oldest son, but Avedis III gave the information to both of his sons, Armand
and Robert. This led to a family feud and a legal squabble, resulting in Robert leaving Zildjian to form the rival Sabian company.
Sabian's official website
For information about the Sabian religious group see Sabians