Got my new Sonor SQ1's today....Meh..

fess

Senior Member
I never told you how you should operate, nor told you how you should be morally obligated to anyone or anything. I think you are misunderstanding my side of the debate. I'm trying to pose a different approach to the matter where time and wisdom can bring a more established overall experience to the forum vs giving people knee jerk reactions. Any drum review you read online tries to give people a full story/experience of having the drum/kit in their possession. They tell the good, the bad, initial impressions, long term feelings/thoughts, etc. They don't try to hide anything or put restrictions on what they tell their readers. They try to give people the whole picture so their audience can make the best informed decision.

What message were you trying to give the forum in your initial post:
I'm a bit disappointed in the quality. The bearing edges feel somewhat unfinished, like someone forgot the final sanding. Compared to the edges on my DW performance kit and especially my INDe, kit they feel pretty rough. Additionally, most of the 20 bass drum lug screws were quite tight screwing in. I found a number of them that had a noticeable bend in them making them bind inside the lug. Disappointing for a company with such a good reputation.
All that said, the kit sounds very good....but still.......

Having owned DW, Gretsch, Ludwig, INDe and now Sonor, my opinion is that INDe is the best deal out there.

To me it sounds like you are disappointed in your new kit. That the company let you down despite it's good reputation and in the end people should buy an INDe kit instead. Is that what you wanted people to know?

I believe a post like is not beneficial to the forum as it doesn't bring the full story to us. Like Darth mentioned long ago, you can take the time to come here to complain about the kit, but cant take the time to pick up the phone and ask Sonor to fix the issues? C'mon.
And I thought the idea of a forum like this is to share experiences and give opinions as you have them.
I didn’t know that I was supposed to wait a certain amount of time before I could post my impression about a product. Now I know, If I order a snare from Gretsch and it arrives broken in half, I’ll be sure to keep that a secret until I hear from the manufacturer.
I also didn’t know that my opinions carry so much weight. I hope Sonor survives this.
Be aware that I recently bought a Yamaha EAD10. Maybe in 6 months I can post my opinion about that too.
 

EricT43

Senior Member
I bought an SQ1 kit earlier this year, 22/12/16 with 10 and 14 tom add-ons as well as the snare. The bearing edges all seemed great to me, but I did experience some of the bass drum lugs being very tight and difficult to turn. A minor disappointment with an otherwise very nice set of drums.

I also bought a Benny Greb snare at around the same time and one of the snare wires was loose. I called my dealer and they sent me a replacement, but not until after I sent them photos to show them that it was a defect and not just me setting up the drum incorrectly.

So my opinion after buying 2 Sonor kits and the BG snare is that Sonor drums are fantastic, but they are not the best at preventing defects from going out the door. As long as they correct issues without much fuss, I'm relatively OK with that for off-the-shelf drums like the SQ1 and the Vintage Series drums that I own. If I paid big bucks for a custom SQ2 kit, waited 6 months, and then found a defect, I would be less accepting of the situation.

By the way, I'm glad you posted about this. I want to hear when people run into quality problems. You paid your money and you don't owe Sonor anything before sharing your experience. If you decide to let them correct it or not is a completely different issue, the fact is you purchased a relatively pricey drum set from a manufacturer that markets itself as a leader in quality, and you had problems with it. That's not acceptable, and I don't get why anyone has a problem with you discussing it.
 

Yamaha Rider

Well-known member
I bought an SQ1 kit earlier this year, 22/12/16 with 10 and 14 tom add-ons as well as the snare. The bearing edges all seemed great to me, but I did experience some of the bass drum lugs being very tight and difficult to turn. A minor disappointment with an otherwise very nice set of drums.

I also bought a Benny Greb snare at around the same time and one of the snare wires was loose. I called my dealer and they sent me a replacement, but not until after I sent them photos to show them that it was a defect and not just me setting up the drum incorrectly.

So my opinion after buying 2 Sonor kits and the BG snare is that Sonor drums are fantastic, but they are not the best at preventing defects from going out the door. As long as they correct issues without much fuss, I'm relatively OK with that for off-the-shelf drums like the SQ1 and the Vintage Series drums that I own. If I paid big bucks for a custom SQ2 kit, waited 6 months, and then found a defect, I would be less accepting of the situation.

By the way, I'm glad you posted about this. I want to hear when people run into quality problems. You paid your money and you don't owe Sonor anything before sharing your experience. If you decide to let them correct it or not is a completely different issue, the fact is you purchased a relatively pricey drum set from a manufacturer that markets itself as a leader in quality, and you had problems with it. That's not acceptable, and I don't get why anyone has a problem with you discussing it.
When's the interval?
I'm enjoying this immensely but need to nip out for some snacks. :p
 

fess

Senior Member
Just to update this thread. Sonor took 2 months to send me the replacement bass drum tension rods. But they sent the wrong size. So,I told them to forget it, and ordered some rods from Portsmouth.
Having said that: The drums really sound great, I love them. Maybe leaving some rods out of the kick drum is the way to go.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Just to update this thread. Sonor took 2 months to send me the replacement bass drum tension rods. But they sent the wrong size.
I waited six months for a replacement hex-rod high hat clutch. That was c.2005. I thought there supply chain had improved by now.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I feel bad that Fess the OP is not happy with the kit he received . What people tend to do when someone makes a post like Fess’ is to generalize and stereotype all of that particular model kit as bad . This should not be the case , there is not a drum company out there that doesn’t get the occasional lemon get out . It happens folks , it has happened for as long as people have been making drums . I know of three people personally that own SQ1 kits and they are thrilled with them and report they are absolutely flawless . This is not to denigrate or question Fess . I like Sonor and in fact I own a Sonor Vintage kit but that doesn’t mean I think all their drums are flawless or perfect .Sonor has a well deserved reputation for quality and consistency . Look at Ludwig during the sixties - some of the most revered and best sellling kits of all time but so many lemons got out the door it has become almost a running joke . The Companies that keep these lemons to a minimum and then correct any issues expediently are the ones we need to support with our purchasing dollars .
 
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