SOLD: 1965 Sonor Teardrop 13/16/20 drum set in Black Satin Flame

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Very cool "Made in Western Germany" badged Sonor Teardrop drums, in rare black satin flame (Onyx Multi-Brilliant was the catalog name).

All German beechwood 3-ply shells with re-rings: 8" (deep) x 13" (diameter) rack tom, 15" x 16" floor tom, and 14" x 20" bass drum. These drums have a super warm and rich vintage tone, not as loud as modern 6-ply maple kits and so they are sought-after for jazz and acoustic gigs. Yet, they can get thunderously swingy as well.

The drums are within 1/16" of perfect round, if not perfect. The bearing edges are nice and clean. The bass drum resonant-side bearing edge has a one tiny spot where the re-enforcement ring looks like it might have been re-glued a while back. Barely worth mentioning, it's very solid. The floor tom batter-side bearing edge has two tiny stick marks. Other than that the sweet vintage round-over edges are basically perfect.

The drums have some tiny extra holes from wood screws... 7 in the floor tom, 1 in the rack tom, 1 in one of the rack tom hoop, and 2 in one of the bass drum hoop. With the exception of the hoop, the holes have been filled and coloured dark blue, they don't stick out at all but they are there. See photos.

The wrap has some minor scratches, like most 60's satin flame drums, but it still looks dazzling. No cracks or tears. Some corners were re-glued at the seam, and the glue discoloured the wrap a bit. It's pretty discreet, under the lugs and the hoops. I've shown the worst in the photos. There's a very small amount of wrap lift at the seam corners (1.5") under the bass drum, but the edge is still glued on tight so it doesn't get in the way, and it's under the bass drum, so invisible.

The chrome is in great shape for the age. A few scuffs on the lugs, some very mild pitting on one of the rack tom hoop, but other than that it's pretty clean. Very shiny over all.

The drums come with all the original Sonor teardrop hoops and slotted tension rods. One of the tension rods is not 100% straight but still very functional. The tom arm and bass drum mounted cymbal arm are missing. The rack tom fits well in a snare stand, I have a few spare snare stands if you need one. The floor tom legs and bass drum spurs are nice accurate reproduction parts. The bass drum spur rubber feet and washer are original.

The drums come fitted with a brand new set of Aquarian Modern Vintage heads, with the exception of the bass drum resonant heads which is an Evans EQ3. These Aquarian heads sound awesome for a full vintage vibe, but if you're going to replace them with your heads of choice anyway then I will keep them and take $100 off the price.

Here's your chance to own this amazing vintage kit full of mojo.

$990usd
Pick up only, in Vancouver BC.

More photos on Reverb:
https://reverb.com/item/17796473-1965-sonor-teardrop-13-16-20-drum-set-in-black-satin-flame

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Great description. Someone will be very happy with those. Officially in the 69 catalog that finish is Onyx Mulit Briliant code MZ. Should look really great on stage under the lights
 

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Certainly a desireable kit, but the comments about small holes in the drums and re glued, etc tend to make Sonor nerds very leary. An excellent players kit so one would think a deal should be made based on the attention required in some areas...but its vintage Sonor and stand strong regardless.
 

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Yeah, I probably made it sound worse than it is. I'll pop the head off the bass drum tomorrow to see what my notes regarding the "re-glued areas" were about... it's not like it was damaged and repaired or anything like that, I think I had just spotted a few spots where there was glue residue. I'll investigate.

The small holes are what they are though. At least they're tiny. It's definitely a player's kit, but a nice one.
 

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Just popped the bass drum open on both sides to check... and all I can find is one tiny area where the re-ring was probably re-glued (probably, as in I'm assuming it's not from the factory), but no dings at all... I need to take better notes, or at least correct ones. This drum is in top shape.

I'll edit the description.
 

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I noticed your 3 ply bass drum is the rarer center post version. A transition 65 when moving to 6 ply and all center post from there out. Hard to put 2 racks on the older style side tom mount and some guys find the 3ply side mount puts the tom too far away from the floor cause we all grew up on modern center post kits and not rail style tom mounts like back in the day.
 

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Hmmm true. Interesting. It is date-stamped 507 (July '65) I had one other teardrop set from 65, the bass drum was a 3-ply and the tom mount was offset to the side. That one didn't have a date stamp.
 

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