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Will a Sonor slotted key work on Premier Slotted lugs?

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Title says it all. I'm looking at some Premier drums and I don't have a Premier key. Looking online it appears that Sonor slotted keys are semi-reasonable to acquire vs. expensive vintage Premier keys....but will a Sonor work? I'm thinking yes it will, but thought I'd check for sure. Anyone have a spare of either they'd want to sell? Anyone know of a generic equivalent ? I have an older multi tool (bought from Cherie Willoughby) that does have a slotted key on it so I'm not dead in the water if I buy the drums (and, of course, a flat screwdriver will work in a pinch) but would like an actual key for use at gigs.

Back in the day we used Premier marching drums in the High School band. Lots of those keys floating around, should have snagged one of them funny furrin' keys then... but who knew? ;)
 

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(I'd say no) (the early Premier keys too small maybe the later keys) (Sonor key innards are larger) Just a guess
 

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Anyone know of a generic equivalent ?
there's that completely flat key which when used on Premier was more trouble than worth; I never warmed up to it (have one somewhere.
The original Premier keys didn't last (the innards busted) I have three - empty inside

This is the Flat


all the rest "covered" are ready to break inside unless it's a mirical- miracle

I mean you might get 7-10 years out of it
that's all I got out of them
 
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I have both Sonor and Premier kits. The blade of the Sonor key is a bit thicker than the Premier version and sorta works but not all that great. I located a reproduction Premier slotted key but often times I’ll just just a quarter ($.25 for our worldwide friends).
 

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I'd just pick and when time is right strike one of these and hope you get years of service from it or have Snap-On make a tool (or they may have one,,,0

 

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Title says it all. I'm looking at some Premier drums and I don't have a Premier key. Looking online it appears that Sonor slotted keys are semi-reasonable to acquire vs. expensive vintage Premier keys....but will a Sonor work? I'm thinking yes it will, but thought I'd check for sure. Anyone have a spare of either they'd want to sell? Anyone know of a generic equivalent ? I have an older multi tool (bought from Cherie Willoughby) that does have a slotted key on it so I'm not dead in the water if I buy the drums (and, of course, a flat screwdriver will work in a pinch) but would like an actual key for use at gigs.

Back in the day we used Premier marching drums in the High School band. Lots of those keys floating around, should have snagged one of them funny furrin' keys then... but who knew? ;)
I had the L shaped Sonor key and it worked on my vintage premier stuff.
 

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I had the same issue a few weeks ago. The early 90's Sonor key works.
 

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I've done whole kit heads change/tuning with a flat-blade screw driver and a quarter. Not fun...
Do yourself a favor and get the adequate tool. Or else you might become lazy about tuning and start to be more and more to tolerant of wonky tones, maybe even lose interest in what are( when properly tuned) perfectly good tubs.
 

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As stated above, this key is readily available and will fit your Prem while also giving you a regular key on the other end.

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Looking online it appears that Sonor slotted keys are semi-reasonable to acquire vs. expensive vintage Premier keys....but will a Sonor work? I'm thinking yes it will, but thought I'd check for sure. Anyone have a spare of either they'd want to sell?
Hey Kevin, I've got about a half-dozen of the L-shaped Sonor keys. PM me your mailing address and I'll send you one for free.
 


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