ROBERT ZILDJIAN, FOUNDER OF MUSICAL CYMBAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY SABIAN INC., DIES AGED 89

Vancouver Sun, BC, Canada
March 29 2013

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Robert "RZ" Zildjian, founder of the Sabian Inc. musical
cymbal manufacturing company, has died. He was 89.

Sabian announced Zildjian's death on its website Thursday. The firm
was closed until Monday and the company announcement had no details
about his death.

Zildjian founded Sabian in 1981 after a legal battle with his brother,
Armand, over their inheritance of the family business, Avedis Zildjian
Co., a major cymbal maker. The companies remain competitors.

The family's U.S. business was founded in the Boston area in 1928 by
their father, Armenian immigrant Avedis Zildjian, and a great-uncle.

The rock 'n' roll era brought an expanding demand for its percussion
products.

RZ Zildjian began working for his father as a teenager and set up a
subsidiary, AZCO, in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1968.

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