Yeah they are undersized..... but if you search around.. How many vids of the Vintage come close to this Smith practice vid?? ........ I have'nt seen/heard any .Yes, that was a lot better, as far as giving some indication of how the toms sound. I assume those shells are also undersized, like all of Sonor's German shells?
bpaluzzi, that is the very video that sold me on the Vintage Series 4+ years ago. The sound Smith got from them with those stock Ambassador heads, along with the set's aesthetics... Well, I bought in big time. No regrets. If I could cite ANY minor quibble with this particular video, it would be my temptation to reach in when Steve wasn't looking and tighten the snare wire tension knob a quarter turn. Personal choice. Otherwise, a perfect representation of what they can do.
What do you mean by "Rosewood replica"? Is it not a true Rosewood veneer?Interestingly, the Rosewood replica veneer option is currently among the least expensive of Sonor's veneer offerings on the SQ2 line (Nussbaum Hilite may be the lowest). It is less expensive than the plain-jane natural finish. Even a white pearl wrap costs more than the Rosewood replica finish on an SQ2 build. Possibly in plentiful supply just waiting for incoming orders.
It's real wood.. and a pain in theazzz process.. much of the Alpi stuff is usually very rich looking IMO.. and you can see the natural wood timber texture up close. .. I've seen some really bad imitations out there as well with other companies.. .. they usually look faded or worn.Wow, "simulated Rosewood" - I guess this is something like their tribal finishes, which are kind of simulated wood finishes?
Nope, it’s almost all of them. Now this is a good thing for environment and it makes for a very consistent product. So you can order a matching SQ2 tom in ALPI ten years later and it will match. It also resists fading.Wow, "simulated Rosewood" - I guess this is something like their tribal finishes, which are kind of simulated wood finishes?
DW is guilty of the rolled vs cast shell. I don't know if sonor did this too?Just Call it a vineer as it is. Its on the brink of tricking. Something they have done before (the rolled/cast ordeal).
From what I remember both the Excotic and the SQ2 are priced the same here. That makes it even worse
Wow; I had no idea! Thanks for the info - good to know. The ALPI finishes never appealed to me, though - I'm partial to lacquer finishes. I like Sonor's red sparkle and a few other lacquer sparkle finishes.Nope, it’s almost all of them. Now this is a good thing for environment and it makes for a very consistent product. So you can order a matching SQ2 tom in ALPI ten years later and it will match. It also resists fading.
The few genuine veneers are African Marble, Scandi Birch, American Walnut, Silky Oak, and a few more that I am forgetting. Sonor made the switch in the 90s without telling customers BTW. A real curfuffle at the time. Before that, all veneers used on Teardrops, Phonics, Signatures, Lites was the real deal till around 95ish.
The thing that gets me about ALPI is that it’s made from a poplar slurry. Those plys of poplar count toward the overall shell makeup. Unlike other companies that buy pre made shells and then glue the veneer to the shell, Sonor uses the ALPI in the shell making process.
So referring to the chart below, a Maple Thin SQ2 is 3 ply making for a 6mm shell. But if you choose an ALPI finish inside and out, now it’s 1 ply maple at 2mm and 2 plys of poplar ALPI at 4mm. Your SQ2 thin Maple shell is 66% poplar.
Is that still a maple thin shell or lots of poplar slurry and glue with dye and you payed how much?
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