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- Apr 5, 2020
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Well here's what I can tell you about that. Firstly Sabian is located in the very small New Brunswick town ofHow ironic this all would be if this comes down to Sabian buying Zildjian.
Meductic .. population 173 people. Manufacturing costs are low and of course all costs including wages are in Canadian dollars which currently sit at 30% below the U.S. dollar and the Euro is higher by .30 cents in average. That gives Sabian a huge advantage when shipping to the U.S. and Europe. So as I have been in international export business for years and we love it when our dollar is @ 30% discount because the U.S. and other cou
I certainly hope he lands back in the Cymbal business as true craftsmen are becoming a rarity as machines take over every facet of industry.I know from a very good source that Paul was asked to leave the company. I probably shouldn't get into the details to be safe from a legal standpoint.
In short, it seems that Zildjian/Vic Firth is more concerned with being a business focused on monetary gain than the historical significance of the company and product innovation. It's a sad trend, but a new reality we're seeing more and more of today.
It's interesting to note that in the past few years Sabian has really put emphasis on their Vault and custom series
while still manufacturing big numbers for the general public. Andy Zildjian seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to reading the market. Sabian's move to refurbish or in some cases change top line demo units and sell them at 1/2 the price of the original is pure genius and even if the program never makes a
lot of money, shows that the company is proactive when times are tight due to Covid restricting/reducing work hours and incomes of the working people. And Portsmouth Drum Center shows on a video that they drive 6 hours to the Sabian factory, test out the refurbs and bring back up to 300 of them at a time. So for Sabian cymbals that would most likely ended being remelted have now become a value added item.