The story of this drum forces you to look backwards, to the 1980s to be exact. Sonor offered the cast bronze snare drums in the Signature series, and they were the most highly regarded snare drums of the era. They were offered in two sizes: 14x8 and 14x4. Nowadays, these drums in mint condition easily fetch $4000-$6000. To drum aficionados, these are considered holy grail snare drums.
All that glitters may as well be bronze....
Personally, I had 2 qualms with these drums:
The parallel throw-off mechanism, while it was an engineering marvel, was bulky and made it uncomfortable to position on my set. (It also required a custom case for transport.)
It wasn't available in a 6.5" depth.
In the early 2000s, Sonor began offering the Artist Bronze snare drum, though only in a 6" depth. It also featured Black Nickel hardware, and lacked the German 'hella hoop', which to me was always synonymous with quality and prestige. It's a great drum, but for a Sonor nut like me, it misses a few key points of what make Sonor snare drums truly special.
I worked with Karl-Heinz Menzel at Sonor Germany on this project. Logistically, projects like this need to start a year in advance, so I was planting the seeds for this concept at our ninth anniversary party. To be honest, when I pitched the idea, the last thing I expected to hear was "yes", but sure enough, Karl agreed to engage in the endeavor. I was stunned, and overjoyed. I committed to 10 pieces each (in 14x6.5 and 14x8) right away, without knowing - or even caring - what the cost would be!
This is a Truly Special Snare Drum.
This model features SQ2 lugs, badges, and the dual glide throw-off, plus an additional badge that Sonor will monogram personally for every customer who purchases one! Don't hesitate on this drum. These pieces of history will sell out QUICKLY.
These will be shipping in the summer of 2019. We will ship upon arrival.
Limited to TEN Pieces
Signature Badge that will be Personally Monogrammed
3mm Cast Bronze Shell With 2mm Dynamic Edge Reinforcement
Nothing sounds like a Sonor snare drum. For nearly 150 years, Sonor has been crafting some of the finest percussion instruments available. If you ask anyone at the shop what their go to sound is, many of us will say it's Sonor. Most of us own (at least) one Sonor.
What makes Sonor Snare Drums so unique? To start, they hand craft their high end lines the way they have been doing for decades. Unique shell construction using proprietary molds produce slightly undersized shells. This allows for the drum head to float on the bearing edge, yielding greater resonance and sensitivity. Sonor snare drums have an incredible dynamic range. At the slightest touch the drums open up and produce clear tone. The high quality components and gorgeous finish options make these drums as beautiful to look at as they are to play.
This handsome little guy features a heavy beech shell that projects crisp, clear tone. It has beautiful birdseye gloss veneer on the outside, and a matching veneer inside! 18-Strand steel wires and 2.3mm Power Hoops allow the beefy shell to breathe and articulate.
Our next SQ2 snare drum is quite stunning with its eye-catching gold hardware. The versatile 13x7 heavy maple shell packs a a ton of powerful pop with some serious mid range tone. With matching Scandinavian Birch veneers inside and out, this is one of the most beautiful examples of SQ2 craftsmanship you'll find.
This 9-ply, 7mm maple/beech blended shell is veneered inside and out with a ply of elegant vertical mango wood. Combine this deep, thin shell with triple flanged hoops, 45 degree bearing edges, precision snare beds, and Dual Glide Strainer, and you have a staggeringly dynamic, world-class instrument that sounds as good as it looks. Seriously, the level of detail on the badge alone will blow your mind. Just 99 of these were produced worldwide, and they come with a luxurious custom Hardcase and "Welcome Box". It takes a lot to stand out on the Drum Center of Portsmouth showroom floor, and these immaculate instruments might just be the crown jewel in our collection!
Sonor Phonic reissue snare drums are faithful recreations of the legendary Sonor beech shell snare drums of yesteryear. Boasting a 14x5.75, 12-ply beech shell with a rosewood gloss veneer, this snare drum is meant to stand out both sonically and visually! The beech shell provides a sound that is classic Sonor; balanced and versatile, with a warm low-mid body and controlled overtones. Ten Phonic lugs, German die cast hoops, slotted rods, classic Phonic strainer, and 20-strand steel wires round out the vintage experience this drum offers. Get your hands on one of these beautiful Sonor Phonic drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth today!
This 14x6 combines many of our favorite Sonor specs into one beefy drum. A heavy maple shell, ebony gloss veneer, and the fattest diecast hoops in the industry makes this drum visually and sonically stunning. With articulation and volume to spare, this may be the only snare drum you'll ever need.
This Medium Maple Sonor SQ2 Snare drum is a well-rounded workhorse. We ordered this Signal Grey lacquer finish from their RAL color options list. Man, were we pleased when we saw it in person. This drum features triple flanged hoops and 24-strand steel wires that give it extra sensitivity.
This Phonic Reissue has a 14x6.5, 9-ply beech shell with a mahogany veneer in matte finish. Like the 5.75 we tested earlier, the beech shell projects a sound with drier body and balanced overtones. Ten Phonic lugs, German die cast hoops, slotted rods, classic Phonic strainer, and 20-strand steel wires round out the vintage experience this drum offers. This may be our favorite recorded sound from the video.
We saved the biggest, and possibly best, for last. A few of us have owned some version of this 14x8 heavy beech shell. It simply has all the low end tone and beefy projection you could ask for, along with surprising sensitivity. This particular Sonor SQ2 has an immaculate Gloss Rosewood finish on the exterior along with a matching matte veneer inside! Diecast hoops and 24-strand steel wires round out this monstrous beauty.
Drum Center of Portsmouth has YOUR Sonor Waiting for You!
We know Sonor drums, and we carry a massive selection in stock at all times. If you are looking for a German engineered instrument that will do it all, look no further than Sonor. Get it from the pros at Drum Center of Portsmouth!