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Old 08-14-2014, 08:48 PM
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That was possibly the best looking finish I have ever seen on a drum kit... I'm a sucker for natural wood grain! Would have prefered the bass hoop in the same color, but damn... nice.
I like the Onyx (black) vintage finish the most myself, the grain of the birch shells is subtle but still visible under the stain. While the Amber and Azure were stunning in person, I was afraid they would be too polarizing visually for various jobs. .
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:33 AM
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Badasss Jeremy ! You got the best finish option for that model. The others are like florescent. lol

Hope you get some time to tweak them. Alot of the guys on Sonormuseum are not too fond of those stock heads.. My personal choice is Renaissance Ambassador weight.. but most won't investigate them for whatever reason. No marketing etc..
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:00 AM
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Hi Everyone,

After reading through every page of this Sonor porn, which never fails to amaze me with the beauty and quality of all the various kinds of Sonor drums--new & vintage--I'd like to share pictures of my two kits because I don't think I saw either of these finishes in all those pages of porn.

My first kit is a Force 3005 in Black Sparkle lacquer. I have no idea why Sonor discontinued this finish with the 3007's. To me, it's more dynamic and dazzling under lights compared to Piano Black. One thing I don't like about the 3005's is their puffy-sticker badges, though. IMO, it cheapens the look of the drums. I removed the stickers with a heat gun; now there's even more of that deep, glossy lacquer finish to admire! I added an 8" tom to the Fusion-sized kit. This finish is difficult to photograph well.





I wasn't expecting to buy a second kit, as the all-maple 3005's are pretty much at the top end of the intermediate spectrum, but one day while wasting some free time searching through MusicGoRound's site, I stumbled upon this ad; I thought it had to be a mistake! A 5-piece Sonor Delite kit including matching snare, Fusion sizes, for $1499.99?? I agonized that entire weekend about whether or not to buy them as I wasn't really in the market for a second kit, but needless to say, the credit card won that battle the following Monday morning.



The Delites arrived in mint condition except for a few tiny chips in the front bass hoop and some scuffing on the virgin bass drum. The scuffs fortunately weren't deep and I was able to buff them out of the clearcoat. The previous owner had installed Pinstripes, so my guess is he didn't like open-toned resonant drums...maybe that's why he got rid of them. I put Clear Amb's and Vintage A's on the toms and the snare already had a Coated Amb. I'm still using because it sounds that good.

A Delite kit with a matching snare is already quite rare, but this snare is even more rare due to the 14x6" size. It's easily the most amazing part of the kit...so subtle, dynamic, loud when needed, and when I did some cross-sticking, it was incredible...it made "that sound" that you only hear on mic'd, recorded drums...right out of the box, with nothing but a tune on the original heads. That really started my lust over Sonor! Although it took me a few years, I was able to track down matching 8x8" and 16x16" toms, so the final kit specs are 8/10/12/14/16" toms, 22" bass and 14x6" snare.

The finish is Metallic Marine lacquer, which was also discontinued when Sonor updated to the round-badge Delites. I've tried researching this but I can only make an educated guess that this was a very unpopular finish for the square-badge Delites. I wasn't able to get production numbers out of Sonor, but it appears only 2 finishes were discontinued with the square badge line, Green Fade & Metallic Marine...so I imagine those would be the rarest Delite finishes.




Metallic Marine might not have been very popular, but I love it. It looks either indigo or royal blue with glints of purple under lights. This pic of the bass drum is a pretty accurate shot of how they look under good lighting.




I don't really lust after much, now that I have the Delites...but those of you with 5-Star kits and the gold hardware/Ebony Makassar veneer, that's one of my dream kits. The other would probably be a set of Mapex Orions in Limited Edition Ocean Wave Burl finish. I realize I'll probably never own either--but I can live with that.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my Sonor kits!
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:44 AM
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I have pearl reference drums, but I think Sonor Designer Toms are the best sounding toms money can buy.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:27 PM
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Here's my old Scandi-Lites.

The last shot is of the inside of the bass drum. They're 28 years old.
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:32 PM
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my sonor designer kit
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:57 AM
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Really sweet looking kit there, both the sizes and the finish!
These Designers were Maple or were they Birch?
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:13 AM
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There the maple light shells.
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:19 AM
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Here is my Sonor Sonic Plus jungle kit, 10/13/16, in birch. The original...

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Old 10-23-2014, 02:27 AM
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Really cool kit have always wanted to try one of those. Cool setup
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:07 AM
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Gorgeous woodgrain on that bass drum!
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:43 PM
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Hi Coelacanth, I'm not sure what the outer ply or veneer is but it has some crazy grain going on, it seems to go in every direction if anyone had any idea of what it is would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:38 AM
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Hi 1morecowbell,

the finish is called "Red Wine Dunes"

I think it looks awesome, my first thought as I was scrolling down was Sweet! Then I saw that was almost exactly what Jeremy said and started laughing.

Truly a Sweet Kit

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Old 10-28-2014, 02:57 AM
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I like the Onyx (black) vintage finish the most myself, the grain of the birch shells is subtle but still visible under the stain. While the Amber and Azure were stunning in person, I was afraid they would be too polarizing visually for various jobs. .

Drool.... If I were in the market for a high end kit, Sonor Birch Infinite would be right up at the top. I tapped on one of those kits at a store last month and it sang. And that's only with tapping. I would probably go with that crazy blue color though. Very pretty.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:21 AM
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Here is my Sonor Sonic Plus jungle kit, 10/13/16, in birch. The original...

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Sweet - I have the Sonor Sonic Plus, too, but in the 5 piece configuration. Mine is the first generation birch kits made in Germany in 1997, I believe.

Hugely underrated kits. Great sounding toms and bass drum, especially.
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:25 PM
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Thanks UE Nastasi, yes the finish is redwine dunnes but I'm not sure what the outer veneer is it has a very interesting grain I tried to find out some people think its a type of rosewood.
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:11 AM
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Sweet - I have the Sonor Sonic Plus, too, but in the 5 piece configuration. Mine is the first generation birch kits made in Germany in 1997, I believe.
...fwiw...sonor's factory in germany produced sonorlites in the 1980s, and force 3000s in the 1990s, both of which used 100 percent scandinavian birch wood plies for its tom/bass shells...
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:20 AM
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Thanks UE Nastasi, yes the finish is redwine dunnes but I'm not sure what the outer veneer is it has a very interesting grain I tried to find out some people think its a type of rosewood.
Red Wine Dunes is a manufactured veneer by an Italian company named Alpi.

The company designs artificial exotic looking veneers that resemble natural wood. They are mostly created from poplar.

Some look really nice.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:13 AM
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Wally Young you are a fountain of knowledge would this company also do the tribal veneers for sonor. On the redwine dunnes would the grain be a printed onto it or is it actual grain from a wood
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:53 AM
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It's actual grain from the wood, or better, it's manufactured grain, but it's not printed. It's the wood.

Yep, the tribal veneer is Alpi, and ebony and cocobolo and some others too.
It's cool stuff!
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:00 PM
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So Alpi would be the reason sonor have so many of these exotic finishes, I seen a prolite kit in a red tribal finish in a music store and I must say in the flesh they look amazing compare to seeing a picture of them does them no justice at all. Also that of all the brands I have owned and played german made sonor is in a different league to all of them.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:48 PM
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Cymbals vary a little since pics were taken at differente times.
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Are those black suede heads?

I'm thinking about getting those for my Sonors. I've always liked red and black color scheme (my two favorite colors) and I have red drums. But ebony heads always seemed to glossy...plus wasn't sure if they had Emperor weight ebonies either, which is my goto for tom heads. I just heard about black suede a week or two ago, although they've been around a couple of years, just never noticed them before.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:21 PM
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Are those black suede heads?

I'm thinking about getting those for my Sonors. I've always liked red and black color scheme (my two favorite colors) and I have red drums. But ebony heads always seemed to glossy...plus wasn't sure if they had Emperor weight ebonies either, which is my goto for tom heads. I just heard about black suede a week or two ago, although they've been around a couple of years, just never noticed them before.
What a coincidence! My favorite colors are red/wine and black too. Everything I own has this color scheme. And you are a Sonor user, I sense friendship haha.

Regarding your question, yes, they are black suede and I love them, they have a dark, punchy sound. To be honest I initially wanted to try them out beacuase they looked cool, but I made some reasearch and listening before actually purchasing them and I ended up loving them.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:46 PM
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Don't have them yet, but my buddy ordered the Select Force S-Drive kit for me in Autumn Fade.
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