Sonor presents: Steve Smith 40th Anniversary Snare Drum


Sonor, one of the world's leading drums and percussion manufacturers today celebrates its "lifetime relationship" with Steve Smith. Sonor is issuing 77 pieces of the Steve Smith 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Snare Drum, each with a stunning semi gloss Mountain Burl veneer on the inside and outside of the shell. Each drum is handmade in Sonor´s German factory.

Sonor, proudly celebrating a tradition of over 140 years of excellence, has been working with Steve Smith for the last 40 years. In 1977, a young Steve Smith -by that time touring with Jean-Luc Ponty- was on the search for his first high quality drum set. He happened to fall in love with a Sonor kit on display at a local shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, Sonor has remained Steve's one and only choice for professional drums with Journey, Steps Ahead, Vital Information, and other many other milestones that made him a true "Drumming Great". Modern Drummer magazine named Steve Smith as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time.

"Sonor drums have remained my first and only choice as a high quality instrument for the past 40 years. My sound is the "Sonor Sound". I can't imagine playing any other drum set", said Steve. "My Sonor 40th Anniversary snare drum is a Dream Drum! The sound is warm and rich with a beefy low-end plus pin-point precision in the high-end. The magical combination of the vintage beech shell, mountain burl veneer inside and out, 8 "bowtie" lugs and vintage hoops come together to create the perfect wood snare drum!"

"My relationship with Steve goes back a while", says Karl-Heinz Menzel, managing director of Sonor. "We both started in 1977 at Sonor. Besides numerous ideas during the last decades together with Steve, we developed this snare drum with the concept of "Modern meets Vintage" in mind".

The Steve Smith 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Snare Drum will be officially introduced at the Musikmesse Frankfurt on April 5th, 2017 and available in stores early April 2017.

Specifications: Steve Smith 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Snare Drum

• 14" x 5.75" Beech Shell, 9-ply 6 mm

• Rounded Bearing Edge (Vintage Style)

• Semi Gloss "Mountain Burl" veneer inside & outside

• 40th Anniversary Badge

• Chrome Hardware, 8 Phonic Style lugs

• Dual Glide Snare Strainer

• Vintage "Superprofil" Hoops

• 24-strand Steel Sound Wires

• Limited to only 77 pcs. worldwide

• Includes Hardcase Case, Vic Firth Anniversary Steve Smith Drumsticks and Certificate Box