Sabian acquires Gon Bops percussion line
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-02-03)
Sabian, known for its line of outstanding cymbals, has branched out with the acquisition of the inventory, intellectual property, patents and manufacturing equipment of Gon Bops from Drum Workshop, Inc. The newly created Gon Bops, Inc. as will be its own entity with Andy Zildjian as CEO. Gon Bops, Inc. will be run separate from the cymbal business, with its own distribution network and artist program.
“Gon Bops instruments are a perfect blend of vintage craftsmanship and innovative thinking," Zildjian said. "Since its founding in 1954, the company has pioneered several features and improvements that have forever changed Latin instruments."
Top instrument designer Akbar Moghaddam continues with Gon Bops as Director of Production and R&D.
A traditional and innovative line, Gon Bops was founded in 1954 and is one of the original U.S. conga brands. The company’s mission was to take the original Cuban conga design and provide innovations and enhancements to the hardware. Today, Gon Bops manufactures an extensive line of percussion products and accessories, including Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Cajons and Bells. Artists in the Gon Bops family include Alex Acuna, Tommy Aros(Luis Miguel), Scott Crago (The Eagles), Brian “Brain” Mantia (Guns N’ Roses, Tom Waits), Daniel de los Reyes and Walfredo de los Reyes.