Sabian was founded in 1981 by Robert Zildjian, in the small village Meductic which resides in Canada.
Robert Zildjian was the son of Avedis Zildjian III, head of the Zildjian cymbals. When Avedis Zildjian III passed away, he broke family tradition and passed on his manufacturing secrets to both his sons, Armand and Robert. This caused a family feud, and Robert Zildjian formed his own rival company, Sabian.
During the family feud there was a legal battle, the result of it being that Robert was entitled to 40% of the manufacturing power of the Zildjian company.
Famously the company name Sabian derives from the initial two letters of the names of his three children, Sally, Billy and Andy.