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where creativity of Our artists and our craftsmanship meet

We're thankful and honored that some of the most creative minds in drumming are part of our SONOR artist family. Their ideas are the spark that sets our product development team and our craftsmen on fire in order to design those characteristic instruments. Our artists are not just designing those drums – they're playing them, live and in the studio. Always.

Spare parts

SQ¹ bass drums
SQ¹ tom toms
SQ¹ floor toms
SQ¹ snare drums

Birch - the secret behind acoustic versatility

SQ1 drum shells are made of 100% European Birch. Because of its sound characteristics - balanced in low, mid and high - the Birch drum sound is very popular for studio recordings as well as live performances. When developing SQ1, Sonor tested several combinations of Birch-based shell materials. Sonor's conclusion was that pure Birch provided the most versatile sounding drum.

Sonor's unique CLTF "Cross Lamination Tension Free" and OSM "Optimum Shell Measurement" process (slightly narrowed outside shell measurement) provide excellent sustain and easy tuning.

CLTF

Drum shells need to act as solid acoustic unities as the foundation for a great drum sound. We use cross-laminated plies of birch to form a perfectly round shell with great stability. Each ply is laminated at a 90° angle to allow for a shell that is tension-free. Sonor's tension-free shells would keep their round shape even if they were cut in half from the batter to resonant side.

osm

Our OSM shell construction (Optimum Shell Measurement) utilizes slightly undersized shell diameters to give the drum head the space to float freely, allowing unrestricted contact between the bearing edge and the drum head.

Hear the difference

As a next step we wanted to find a drum mounting solution that would affect the resonance and sustain of a drum as little as possible while having a small footprint and great stability. Inspiration came from the automotive industry where vibration-control technology is used for engine mounting systems among others. What we developed was a unique concept of mounting toms and floor toms that ­integrates rubber insulation within the mount to avoid any shell-to-mount contact. Scientific re­search shows the considerable ­improvement in extended sustain compared to traditional mounting methods.