Innovation is as much an art as the medium it’s applied to. It’s an active process, one that requires equal parts intellect and sweat to break new ground in a chosen field. Standing on the shoulders of giants isn’t enough: you have
to become a giant for the next guy. In the case of Sabian, generations of giants have grown on the broad shoulders of company founder and original cymbal smith Robert “Bob” Zildjian.
Nort Hargrove, with Sabian since 1968 when the factory was still Azco, is an evergreen fixture of the Sabian headquarters. He’s also the conduit for the original vision of Bob to today’s cymbals. “He taught me what he knew, which was quite
in-depth from the big band era to the symphonies around the world. So I took that to the next level, and then Mark Love who was my protégé, took it to the next level. Now he's got a protégé, Dave Williams, and he's taking it to
another level. We've got five or six generations of guys here that accentuate on what they've been taught before.”
This tandem process of absorbing the traditions that came before and staking new land lies at the core of Sabian’s identity
and storied history.
Nort goes on to put it best: “It's kind of like watching a skateboarder. In the '50s a skateboarder had two wheels on it and a handle, a T steering wheel and he just pushed it around. Every five or 10 years someone took it
to another level and now they can flip those sons of bitches over cars.” Read below for our timeline laying out just how Sabian’s been flipping the proverbial skateboard over a car for 35 years.