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The Sabian company has announced that Chad Smith is no longer the brand’s endorsee.

The statement on their Facebook profile reads::

The SABIAN Family would like to express our gratitude to Chad Smith for bringing our sound to the masses for the last 35 years. It is rare to find such a passionate person with raw talent that so many of you connect with. Though he has decided to pursue his sound with a new cymbal maker he will always be part of our family.”

A hand-written thank-you letter from Chad reads:

Ladies and Gents – Well… after 35 years of playing Sabian Cymbals I’ve decided to go in a new direction. All involved in the Sabian family have been nothing short of incredibly supportive in every step of my drumming career. I’ve enjoyed all of their friendship, service and cymbals along the way. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on a scruffy kid from Detroit all those years ago. I am forever grateful.”

Today, it was officially confirmed that Paiste is the new cymbal company Chad will collaborate with. He will be using 2002 and PST X series models. Further details as to Chad’s cymbal setup are to be announced later this month. The most recent photos taken at Red Hot Chili Peppers’ live shows depict instruments from the well-known brand.

Photo: Erika Goldring