Interesting Sonor instrument

thejohnlec

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Hi all,

I was organizing some drums at the university where I work and came across two of these Sonors. I’ve never seen them before. They are like roto toms, where you can turn the shell and change the pitch. Very high quality shell and hardware.

Just thought I’d share - cheers all!

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Aren't those supposed to be some kind of student level timpani? I've seen them before and they looked interesting. Never gotten a chance to play them.
 

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If you haven't seen them before they probably don't get much, if any, use.
Tell them that and then make an offer (maybe they can find something for you to do around campus to work it off instead of cash) if you like.
...just a word to the wise.
 

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belongs in over-complicated car talk thread doesn't it?.
think yamaha had a version 20% lighter 30% cheaper and just 5% more reliable
or is this the drum version of the Wankel engine in which no one but one (mazda) copied

Kidding.
looks only slightly less complex than Eiffel tower
Looks fun : )
Look the shell is even cut out to allow the mech to pull head down and up
 

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Yup, the ORFF Roto Timpani. They make great drums for practicing timpani strokes. Those and the old Purecussion "Headset" (basically a first-generation RIMs mount with a zero-shell tunable drum set frame inside) timpani sets were the only practice timpani that I've ever used that actually feel like hitting a real, unmuffled set of timpani.
 


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