Wow! 10th Anniversary Sonor SQ2 Cast Bronze...

Stroker

Platinum Member
What a beautiful snare drum! It sounds phenomenal in the DCP demo video and looks it too. Holy crap on the SQ2 drums you're ordering...that's some setup and should cover any configurations you'll need...unless you're gonna play it as a big fat double bass setup with loads of toms!

Yeah, we need an anticipation thread on those when you put the order in.
Many thanks, Inc!

More likely than not, the kit will remain in it's full spectrum, but having the option to be able to occasionally split it up and experiment with different configurations will be a joy.

Consider it done! Will post a date as soon as I fire the order off. It's right around the corner now.
 

Stroker

Platinum Member
That's a huge kit, and amazing finish too. You're not playing around!

What shell depths are you going with?
Many thanks, IBPH!

Nah, just never enjoyed a kit of any quality in my life, having always played second-hand, beat-up, miss-matched, low end of the scale, wrong colour kits, so this kit represents my lifelong dream of owning something I can truly be proud of, something that reflects me and my likes, and in light of planning my retirement as of next September (2020), I felt a high-end kit would make for a great retirement gift to myself.

Re: shell depths, I'm at a crossroads with that.

My original choice was - Bass Drums - 22x14 - 24x16
Rack Toms - 8x7 - 10x8 - 12x9 - 13x10 - 14x11 - 15x12
Floor Toms - 16x16 - 18x18

However, DCP, posted a video a Pearl Stadium kit with deeper toms, which I fell in love with, so option #2...
Bass Drums - 22x14 - 14x16
Rack Toms - 8x8 - 10x9 - 12x10 - 13x11 - 14x12 - 15x13
Floor Toms - 16x16 - 18x18

I considered reducing the depth of the floor toms by one inch - 16x15 - 18x17, but felt the original larger depth option was more in tune with a kit this size.
 
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Stroker

Platinum Member
Wowie Zowie - that's a little bit too much of everything for me.

It'll sure be a sight to see though.
Roaring with laughter!

Originally, I was thinking four rack toms, but adding two more seemed like the right thing to do.

As a kid I played a one-up, one-down configuration, adding an additional floor tom some years later, and finally moving up to a four rack tom configuration which I enjoyed immensely, so adding two additional rack toms this time around, I felt would not only allow me to expand on my playing, but would allow me to explore new horizons as far as drum covers and such goes.
 

Stroker

Platinum Member
In my opinion, that is one of the most beautiful veneers Sonor has ever offered, and even more so in high gloss. Yours will be a stunning set. Congratulations!
Many thanks, DH! Yes, my sentiment exactly!

Initially when I set out to put an SQ2 kit together for myself, I knew nothing about ALPI Veneers, however, thanks to a long-time member of this forum, I was educated on Sonor's ALPI offerings, and quickly altered my original ALPI Rosewood choice for a REAL veneer, with African Marble coming out on top.

The cast bronze Sonor snare drum should marry well with the African Marble, while still providing a distinct contrast.
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Re: shell depths, I'm at a crossroads with that.

My original choice was - Bass Drums - 22x14 - 24x16
Rack Toms - 8x7 - 10x8 - 12x9 - 13x10 - 14x11 - 15x12
Floor Toms - 16x16 - 18x18

However, DCP, posted a video a Pearl Stadium kit with deeper toms, which I feel in love with, so option #2...
Bass Drums - 22x14 - 14x16
Rack Toms - 8x8 - 10x9 - 12x10 - 13x11 - 14x12 - 15x13
Floor Toms - 16x16 - 18x18

I considered reducing the depth of the floor toms by one inch - 16x15 - 18x17, but felt the original larger depth option was more in tune with a kit this size.
Your original choice for depths is the best! You can easily get a deep sound from 1 in. shallower toms, and they'll be easier to transport and position over the bass drum.

The only thing I would do differently.....24x16" is a lot of depth for a 24" bass drum, you'd get better articulation from a 14" depth imo.

Some people may argue for a 18x16" instead of an 18x18". I think 16" is the standard for 18" toms because they have sooo much rumble already.

Regardless, your kit is gonna be killer!
 

Stroker

Platinum Member
Your original choice for depths is the best! You can easily get a deep sound from 1 in. shallower toms, and they'll be easier to transport and position over the bass drum.

The only thing I would do differently.....24x16" is a lot of depth for a 24" bass drum, you'd get better articulation from a 14" depth imo.

Some people may argue for a 18x16" instead of an 18x18". I think 16" is the standard for 18" toms because they have sooo much rumble already.

Regardless, your kit is gonna be killer!
Appreciate your input on depth options! Excellent food for thought. Many thanks!

Going to mull over your suggestions and take all into consideration.
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
Wow, what a snare drum !

As for the kit, it has been a long time coming.

The thouroughness of your decision process is nothing short of impressive.

I am certain you left no stune unturned and the final result is spectacular !

With all due respect considering what I just wrote, my sole suggestion would be to consider the addition of an 18x14 or 20x14 bd right away. You'll get a good price while ordering your whole kit whereas you'll get taken to the cleaner's if you ever decide to add one down the road.

Have a great summer !

Edit : or, if feasible, ordering the 18 ft with bd spur brackets and extra bd hoops, just in case. Again, just thinking out loud :)
 

Stroker

Platinum Member
Wow, what a snare drum !

As for the kit, it has been a long time coming.

The thouroughness of your decision process is nothing short of impressive.

I am certain you left no stune unturned and the final result is spectacular !

With all due respect considering what I just wrote, my sole suggestion would be to consider the addition of an 18x14 or 20x14 bd right away. You'll get a good price while ordering your whole kit whereas you'll get taken to the cleaner's if you ever decide to add one down the road.

Have a great summer !

Edit : or, if feasible, ordering the 18 ft with bd spur brackets and extra bd hoops, just in case. Again, just thinking out loud :)
My words exactly when I opened up the box! (y)

Thoroughness or ridiculousness, I haven't figured that one out yet. :p

Alex. Reflecting on the 18x14 or 20x14, are you thinking as a gong drum?
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
I was really thinking bd.

Single-headed gong drums do not do it for me as I doubt I would have use for one.

I never thought about an 18 bd before last year, and now I long for one.

Adding one to my existing kit would cost me as much as a brand new bop kit, and I don't need more shells sitting around.

I tweak my 22s with heads/tuning/beater combinations and the result is mostly there, but I wish I had thought of this possibility earlier and gone through with a complete set right from the start.

Just goes to say that we never know what we might need or want down the road.

As this is a forever kit, I would try and cover as many angles as possible.

Just a suggestion as talk is cheap, but add-ons are just out-of-this-world expensive in my experience.
 

Stroker

Platinum Member
I was really thinking bd.

Single-headed gong drums do not do it for me as I doubt I would have use for one.

I never thought about an 18 bd before last year, and now I long for one.

Adding one to my existing kit would cost me as much as a brand new bop kit, and I don't need more shells sitting around.

I tweak my 22s with heads/tuning/beater combinations and the result is mostly there, but I wish I had thought of this possibility earlier and gone through with a complete set right from the start.

Just goes to say that we never know what we might need or want down the road.

As this is a forever kit, I would try and cover as many angles as possible.

Just a suggestion as talk is cheap, but add-ons are just out-of-this-world expensive in my experience.
I've never warmed to the idea (or the sound) of gong drums either.

As for smaller bass drums, the only experience I have is tied to 22" and 24" versions.

Will be visiting YouTube to have a listen to other options.

Appreciate the input, Alex!
 
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