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                   Vintage Pearl                                Vintage Black Slate                           Vintage Red Oyster












SONOR, the worldwide well-known manufacturer for producing the most excellent quality and innovative drum & percussion instruments, celebrating its 140th anniversary  in 2015, brings back a iconic sound and  look of the time in between the 1950's and the early 1970's and proudly reveals the VINTAGE drum series, being introduced at the annual Winter NAMM Show 2015.

> The new SONOR Vintage Series, made in Germany

Already in the 60's SONOR Teardrop kits were build to the highest quality standards and were highly rated by international stars like Connie Kay, Sonny Payne or Kenny 'Klook' Clark.      

SONOR Teardrop kits are one of the most sought after vintage drums. Utilizing rounded bearing edges, the new VINTAGE series drums represent the return of the 'old SONOR sound' into its product line. SONOR introduced the 45 degree bearing edge in 1975, which we still use today on all SQ2, Prolite, and Force series drums. With the addition of the Vintage Series, drummers will have access to a complete palette of sounds that is uniquely SONOR.

The SONOR team, in cooperation with artists and collectors, worked tirelessly to bring the new Vintage drum line as close as possible to the look, feel and sound of its predecessor the Teardrop drums. SONOR then combined its knowledge of modern drum building, with the look and sound of vintage drums, to create an instrument that will hold up to today’s modern playing.

Like in the original Teardrop drums, the VINTAGE drum series feature hand selected premium German Beech shells with rounded bearing edges. We have carefully recreated the look and feel of the 1950’s teardrop lug and updated it with SONOR’s exclusive Tunesafe™ system. Being sure not to overlook any details, SONOR has redesigned the Superprofil triple flanged hoops and brought back the timeless SONOR badge and logo used in between 1952 and 1961.

VINTAGE snare drums feature a new throw off. The 'Super 50', a completely redesigned strainer, was inspired by the throw off which was used on the SONOR D-411 and D-412 snares in the 1950's.

The stylish aged Vintage Pearl, Vintage Red Oyster & Vintage Black Slate wrap finishes relate perfectly to the Teardrop era.

Preconfigured shell sets and a variety of single components complete the new Vintage series concept, also matching to the historical predecessor.

Specifications and Features:

Shell material > hand?selected premium German Beech wood

Shell construction > 9-ply / 6 mm cross laminated tension free (CLTF) on all drums

Bearing edge > rounded bearing edges

Finishes >  Vintage Pearl, Vintage Red Oyster, Vintage Black Slate
Shell hardware > chrome (Teardrop lugs featuring TuneSafe), traditional tom mounting prism clamp

Snare strainer > Super 50, redesigned throw off strainer system of the 50's

Snare wires > SW 1418 S (18 wires stainless steel, Made in Germany)

Drum hoops > stain sem-gloss on stain semi-gloss bass drums, wrap inlay on wrapped finish bass drums

> Superprofil 2.3 mm steel hoops with classic shape on snare drum, tom toms and floor toms

Drum heads made by REMO USA > 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

Badges > Teardrop era styled badge / round vent hole badge

> Choice of 2 preconfigured shell sets
> Choice of 12 single components for all imaginable drum setups


Vintage Series Pricing as of 2017

3 Piece Shell Pack 20" Bass Drum (20"x14"bd, 12"x8"tt, 14"x12"ft)

Vintage wrap (Vintage Black Slate, Vintage Red Oyster, Vintage Pearl)   $2739


3 Piece Shell Pack 22" Bass Drum (22"x14"bd, 13"x8"tt, 16"x14"ft)

Vintage wrap (Vintage Black Slate, Vintage Red Oyster, Vintage Pearl) $2799


Individual Drum Prices (MAP)

Bass Drums

(Virgin or with Vintage Series Bass Drum Bracket)

18"x14" $1399

20"x14" $1449

22"x14" $1499

24"x14" $1549


Floor Toms

14"x12" $849

16"x14" $879

18"x16" $929



10"x8" $629

12"x8" $649

13"x8" $669



14"x5.75" $769

14"x6.5" $799


Sam I Am Studios will be stocking all Shell Packs and finishes along with Snares and add-on drums.


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Manny Parial's review of the NAMM 2015 display Vintage Onyx 20x14BD, 12x8TT, 14x12FT.

Quoted from Manny on

"Bass drum - warm and punchy. Very focused sound and powerful.
12x8 - One of m favorites. So far I like it tuned higher or lower the best. Medium still works.
14x12 - This little guy gets lower than some 16x16's I have played. Getting it tuned low makes it rumble. Tuned high it gives you that "Gretschy" sound.

The set overall is simple, classy, sounds great and has great tuning range. For the drummer on the go the sizes are perfect. I had more trouble getting in and out of gigs with my 22x18. This 20x14 is the ticket. I also think with this series that you could get away more with un-miced gigs than some other series. The 9 ply shells really project."