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  1. Germandrummer

    Progressive Jazz/Fusion. Where to head next.

    Thank you all for this audio stimulation! Damn! I should be sleeping!
  2. Germandrummer

    Do you really need a Supraphonic?

    I`m asking myself: do you really need another snare than a LM400 (and I`m a Sonor guy)? Considering all my snares today I would dare to say no. Current ranking: 1) LM 400 (1964 and 2019) - best snares I`ve played yet 2) Sonor D525 14x5,75 seamless ferromanganese steel - best Sonor snare I`ve...
  3. Germandrummer

    My new workshop

    As far I know, D453s came with lower-end Sonor kits (Swinger for example). They had 8 lugs and normally should n o t have a seamless ferromanganese shell. Mine has one but Sonor has always been good for a surprise. The D454s were part of higher-end kits (Champion, Super Champion) and usually had...
  4. Germandrummer

    My new workshop

    Finally, my wife has agreed to share the laundry room and drum restoration can make the next step here! Much easier work than abusing the kitchen table. Starting with a decent clean up of a 1970s Sonor D453. If you have disassembled more high-grade Sonor drums, you will be surprised by the...
  5. Germandrummer

    Whats the cheapest you've ever snagged an Acrolite?

    The probem might be: some wealthy german drummers bought the legendary Supra in past decades so you can find some used ones on the market here. But the Acrolite - to my knowledge - was a student drum and I guess few to none Ludwig kits were used as student kits over here. This market was...
  6. Germandrummer

    Whats the cheapest you've ever snagged an Acrolite?

    I am desperate to find a decent one here in Germany for less than 300€:crybaby:
  7. Germandrummer

    I pulled the Delite-trigger...

    Unscheduled...but couldn`t reject this bargain. I love my green S-Class Pro but somehow the 22" bassdrum did not feel right to me, so I sold it. I did not particularly look for a Delite but today I found this one. 20/10/12/14 square badge Delite Fusion 2 in marine blue with matching snare...
  8. Germandrummer

    1982 Sonor Champion 22/12/13/16

    Thanks! Yes, they do....
  9. Germandrummer

    1982 Sonor Champion 22/12/13/16

    Selling my nice January 1982 (shell stamp "201") made in Germany Sonor Champion. 6ply beechwood with round bearing edges. Warm teardrop sound combined with bulletproof hardware. Remo Ambassadors on all drums. Wrap and chrome are fine, minor pitting on some lugs. Bearing edges are fine...
  10. Germandrummer

    Unknown Sonor Bassdrum - who can help?

    Yes I am very lucky! But cleaning and restoring them is just as much fun as playing them. A proper bop kit (Super Champion or Phonic) might be the ultimate aim.
  11. Germandrummer

    Drum Memorabilia Dudes Will Still Pay For

    Exactly! A friend of mine works as an arts historian for an insurance company and once had to examine a fire loss of antiques (furniture of the 17th century, paintings etc.) worth nearly a seven-figure amount when bought from the 1970s-1990s. Prices dropped during the last years for these items...
  12. Germandrummer

    Drum Memorabilia Dudes Will Still Pay For

    I don`t care about pre-owners and would not pay above market prices for a famous pre-owner. Some years ago, I had a 1970s Mercedes estate wagon. When selling it I recognized by chance that first owner was a very famous German actor from the 1950s-1960s. I mentioned it in my advertisemement and...
  13. Germandrummer

    Why are Teardrop floortoms rare?

    Well this issue did not attract my attention so far, but some people react incredulously when they hear that I bought two Teardrop kits with matching floortoms. These floortoms seem to be rare, but why? According to my information, only entry-level configurations of Sonor kits in the 1960s...
  14. Germandrummer

    Unknown Sonor Bassdrum - who can help?

    The mysterious green bassdrum has arrived. I first guessed it might be some special order Champion or Super Champion. But the combination of 9ply beechwood, 8 lugs and 45 degree bearing edges (and a new Hayman batter head) does not fit. The green finish looks very nice and is also visible on the...
  15. Germandrummer

    Unknown sticks came with my Teardrop

    The "made in Germany"-sticks are identified! My wife recognized some vague mallet signs on them which led to further investigation. Impossible for me to get it properly photographed, but there is "Sonor" and "James Sargent" printed on them. Seems appropriate to me as Mr. Sargent was also...
  16. Germandrummer

    Roasted shells?

    My 14" Teardrop and Champion floortoms immediately recognized the "bakery" as I showed them your pictures:smile:
  17. Germandrummer

    Unknown Sonor Bassdrum - who can help?

    I will definitely check out the facebook page. Sonor is in fact quite common here but I think especially Teardrops are underrated, I don`t know why. I would like to play a classic 3ply-Ludwig but you will have to invest at least 1,5k€ for a mediocre 3-piece and they are rather scarce.
  18. Germandrummer

    Unknown Sonor Bassdrum - who can help?

    Frank, I knew you would agree to not let this gem stay alone.
  19. Germandrummer

    Unknown Sonor Bassdrum - who can help?

    I just bought this orphan NOS Sonor bassdrum. The vendor was not sure if Champion or Phonic. I guess it is a Champion regarding eight lugs on a 22'. Is this a mahogany veneer?
  20. Germandrummer

    Unknown sticks came with my Teardrop

    Two pairs of sticks came with my teardrops and the are quite good. I would like to know if there are modern equivalences for these. Pair 1 has nylon tips, a brand "Star C" and "Japan" printed on. 14mm diameter but a bit lighter than pair 2 "made in western Germany" (maybe Sonor), 13mm...
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