Sonor's 140th anniversary in 2015 brings back the iconic sound and look of the 1950's and early 1970's with the NAMM Best in Show winning Vintage drum series. If you are in to these kind of drums, there is no other option then to say that these are truly beautiful drums that you want to own, only if just for the looks. The Vintage Pearl on display at the winter NAMM in California was the talk of the show; Sonor did it once again, and the German drum manufacturer managed to produce another highlight in their catalog.
Vintage videos The two videos with this article feature the drums with the specs included in the first video, showing the Vintage Pearl and the Vintage Onyx finish.
The second video features drummer 'Drummie Zeb' playing Vintage drum series with Natural finish at the NAMM floor. Drummie Zeb is the drummer and one of the lead singers for the British reggae band Aswad. He has been a member of Aswad since the beginning in 1975, and has recorded over twenty albums with the band.
Below we embeded the first official Sonor Vintage video where Benny Greb, Tomas Haake and Steve Smith play the drums in the Sonor factory in Germany.
The Sonor Teardrop Special is the recreation of the Teardrop lugs, to have that look and feel of the 1950's. Added to these lugs is Sonor's Tunesafe system to give its necessary and modern application. Also, Sonor introduced the 45 degree bearing edge in 1975, but these drums have the original rounded bearing edges as used on the true vintage kits. The Superprofil triple flanged hoops are redesigned, and the Sonor badge and logo used in between 1952 and 1961 are giving the drums the final touch for the classic look.
Specifications and Features The Vintage drum series are carefully constructed to stay as close as possible to the old look, feel and sound of its predecessor: the Teardrop drums. This are the details and specialties of the Vintage drum series:
Hand-selected premium German Beech wood
9-ply / 6 mm cross laminated tension free (CLTF) on all drums
Chrome (Teardrop lugs featuring TuneSafe), traditional tom mounting prism clamp
Super 50 Snare strainer, redesigned throw off strainer system of the 50's
SW 1418 S Snare wires (18 wires stainless steel, Made in Germany)
Stain semi-gloss on stain semi-gloss bass drums hoops , wrap inlay on wrapped finish bass drums
Superprofil 2.3 mm steel hoops with classic shape on snare drum, tom toms and floor toms
The drum heads are made by Remo.
- 18" and 20" bass drums Powerstroke3 coated batter head / Powerstroke Fiberskyn3 resonant head
- 22" and 24" bass drums –Powerstroke3 Black Dot batter head / Powerstroke3 Fiberskyn resonant head
- Snare drum –Ambassador coated batter head / Ambassador snare resonant head
- Tom toms and floor toms – Ambassador coated batter heads and Ambassador clear resonant heads
Teardrop era styled badge / round vent hole badge
Choice of 2 preconfigured shell sets
Choice of 12 single components for all imaginable drum setups
Sonor presents: Benny Greb, Tomas Haake, Steve Smith - Vintage Series