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Robert Zildjian, Sabian Cymbals Founder, Dies at 89

Heir to famous instrument maker broke away from family company

Robert Zildjian

Robert Zildjian, who founded the Canadian-based Sabian cymbal company in 1981, died March 28 in Brunswick, Maine. He was 89; a cause of death was not cited.

Zildjian, an heir to the famous Avedis Zildjian cymbal dynasty that dates back to the 17th century, broke away from the parent company after a legal squabble with his brother Armand, who was given control of the parent company after the death of their father, Avedis Zildjian III, in 1979. Sabian was named after Robert Zildjian’s three children, Sally, Bill and Andy.

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