SONOR to launch Steve Smith Signature Snare Drum


SONOR to launch Steve Smith Signature Snare Drum

SONOR, proudly celebrating a 135+ year tradition of excellence, has announced the launch of a new product, to be introduced at the Winter NAMM Show 2011 in Anaheim, CA, USA.

Steve Smith, one of the world’s greatest drummers, has been endorsing SONOR Drums for more then 30 years – more than just a good reason to celebrate with the Steve Smith Signature Snare Drum Model that will be added to the growing Signature Snare Drum line. Steve and the SONOR engineers created a true masterpiece that is dedicated to Sound, features, design and most of all, Steve’s input.

Steve toured with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, was the drummer on the last Focus album Focus Con Proby as well as Ronnie Montrose before joining the rock band Journey in 1978. He occupied the drum chair from late 1978 through mid- 1985. Steve left the band in 1985, but he returned in 1995 for the band's 1996 comeback album, Trial by Fire. In the interim, he played with Journey offshoot The Storm.
He has also worked as a session musician for pop and jazz artists such as Mariah Carey, Zucchero, Bryan Adams, Mike Mainieri's Steps Ahead, Tom Coster, just to name a few.
Steve also leads his own jazz group, Vital Information.
2001 was the year Modern Drummer magazine named Steve as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time. The following year, he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

The 14” x 5.5” Signature Snare Drum is an outstanding instrument, made out of an exclusive, 2.5 mm cast Steel shell with 2.5 mm reinforcement rings and two air vents. Vintage Style Phonic lugs with integrated TuneSafe are in place for a Vintage look, and Die-Cast Hoops and a REMO Fiberskyn3 batter head in Diplomat thickness add to the overall effect of what Steve is looking for in a snare drum: a crisp, full-bodied instrument with an immediate and effortless playing response. Besides the Signature Badge, Steve’s Signature is engraved on a Re-Issue of the “Hilite Exclusive” Badge, adding another “Vintage SONOR” touch. Steve uses this instrument in studio sessions and live on tour.

Steve says: "SONOR drums have remained my first and only choice as a high quality instrument for the past 30 years. My sound is the "SONOR sound, I can't imagine playing any other drum kit."

14" x 5.5" Cast Steel Shell (2.5 mm shell thickness with 2.5 mm reinforcement rings)
Equipped with a signed Re-Issue of the 1988‘s Hilite Exclusive Badge
Phonic Series Re-Issue tuning lugs with TuneSafe and 20 slotted tension rods
REMO Fiberskyn 3 Diplomat batter head
Artist Series die-cast hoops
SONOR SoundWire with 24 Steel Wires

The Snare Drum is available via most music retail stores starting February / March 2011. For more information on Steve Smith go to: – also check out the SONOR homepage to see the latest gear coming in 2011!