Sonor D 525 finally arrived

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I must admit I couldn`t fully understand the aura of some legendary Sonor snares so far. My D518 just wasn`t right for me, my D454 is far from being "Sonor`s LM400" in my opinion and the HLD tanks to me are a bit over-engineered (my project of building a player`s drum out of a HLD-shell failed due to bad parts availability even here in Germany).

Therefore I did not have high expectations when purchasing a bundle of an old 18" Avedis and a centennial badge D525.

Today the items arrived and I saw the D525 in very good shape equipped with both batter and reso heads being Remo Diplomats which I never had before.

What can I say....? It sounds amazing! I finally got to understand a fine working parallel strainer mechanism! The D525 has separate wire adjustments on throw-off and butt-end sites. By slightly turning them and the lever of the strainer mechanism itself, there are tons of varieties to be discovered. This snare can provide a big fat 80s rock sound, can be played very quiet with lots of "wires" but can bark like a machine gun as well if you like! Although it lacks in my opinion the melodic nuances of a LM400, a combination of both snares must be the ultimate drum.
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That's pretty cool. Brass shell?
I've never seen one of those.
What do you mean by a lack of "melodic nuances"?
 

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That's pretty cool. Brass shell?
I've never seen one of those.
What do you mean by a lack of "melodic nuances"?
No brass but a seamless ferromanganese steel.

I also have never seen one and I suppose in 1975 this was Sonor`s top range snare drum with no bell brass or signatures at this time. According to an old price list, the D525 was 630,-DM then which is around 1.000 € now considering the buying power these days.

Melodic nuances? To me, it is possible to get wood snare sounds out of a LM400 (by using specific head combinations like Remo Controlled Power and Encore for example). You won`t get these with a Sonor steel snare in my opinion.
 

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Congratulations! I have a D506 which was a made a couple of years after yours. Great drum. I posted about here about nine years ago. Sonor D506 1.jpg Sonor D5065.jpg
 


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