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What's The Deal With Sonor Teardrop Lugs?

flatwins

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The teardrop lugs can be a bit frustrating for sure. As others have mentioned, I repack them with shipping peanuts.

On my 70s Sonor Acryls with the Phonic style box lugs I use my Cricut machine to cut new internal insulators out of black craft foam. By now the 50 year old foam inserts have largely turned to dust and since the drums are clear acrylic the lug internals are visible from the outside of the drum. Gotta make ‘em look decent.
 

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I just recently got my first teardrop kit and I was trying to change heads while wondering, “Why won’t these tension rods thread in to the lugs? It was just working a minute ago!” I took one of the lugs off and had an a-ha moment when the nut fell on the floor! I was definitely not looking forward to removing and packing all the lugs so I was VERY happy the earth magnet tip worked so well.
 

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Teardrop lugs came in three slightly different variations over the years all with different insides as noted in some posts above
 

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I just finished restoring a set of these over the summer and it was a pain in the butt. I also replaced the original foam with cotton balls.
 

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Never met anyone who didn’t love how a set of teardrops sound.

I still need to try out the modern series called vintage series.

I don’t like that name because once in a while I used to type in eBay “vintage sonor” and typically sellers who wrote that as the title didn’t really know what they had so it was a good way to find a deal.
 


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