Bubinga Sonor Signature / Ocheltree TreeBronze

Posted: October 02, 2011 11:34 PM

Cfenning

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New to this forum but a longtime member of the Sonor Museum Forum and Pearl Drummers Forum.

I am a whore for Sonor and especially Bubinga Signatures. I have been playing my square toms over my 24” kick for years (limited me to only using 8” & 10” rack toms because of the height.) I think the thick Beech shells are the best sounding drums to my ear…so.

Last year I sold my Blue Designer kit in an effort to pursue a dream of mine… building the perfect Signature kit.

I did not want to touch my orignal signature toms as they are PERFECT and left the factory together. I found a sig bop kit (12 heavy ,14 lite ,18 lite kick) in Seattle and bought it. Traded the 14x14 virgin LITE tom for a 10x10 rack and bought a 14x16 floor tom.

Finally…..

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6201520927_aafeb448a8_b.jpg
IMG_0020 by Ham Unicorn (Charlie Fenning), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6201521697_06100b19a3_b.jpg
IMG_0023 by Ham Unicorn (Charlie Fenning), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6153/6201522481_78f6f304e5_b.jpg
IMG_0025 by Ham Unicorn (Charlie Fenning), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6201523079_737443bee9_b.jpg
IMG_0027 by Ham Unicorn (Charlie Fenning), on Flickr

Pictured:
8x8 (Rims & DW Tom Mount)
10x8 (Cut down from 10x10) (Rims & DW Tom Mount)
12x8 (Cut down from 12x12) ((Rims & DW Tom Mount)
14x16 Floor Tom
16x18 Floor Tom
18x15 Kick (Lite Shell)
14x8 Ocheltree Tree Bronze w/ Bronze Hoops
14x8 Sonor HLD 590

Missing:
LOTS. smile

More to come…

     
Posted: October 02, 2011 11:38 PM

David Pak

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Ha I have that same screwdriver…. come to think of it… is that my screwdriver???

screwdriver

raspberry

Posted: October 02, 2011 11:40 PM

Cfenning

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I wish we could embed pictures on this forum.

Posted: October 03, 2011 05:42 AM

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Hi Cfenning! It’s nice to hear from another Sonor fan! Before 2005 when I got my DW Collector’s Maples, my Sonor Designer Series 8 pc. kit was my trusty instrument! I have the Maple Light Shells in a beautiful Cherry Stain finish! I bought it in 2002 brand spankin’ new & still love & play it to this day! Matching 12 x 5 & 14 x 6.5 Snares, a 22 x 16 Kick, 8 x 8, 10 x 9, 12 x 10 rack toms, 14 x 16 & 16 x 18 floors make up the kit. I believe that Sonor is the only Co. to offer 14” & 16” Floor toms w/ those depths (I might be mistaken). All 600 Series hardware (the hardest piece to find was the XH644 X-Hat w/ MC 626 Multi-Clamp) & a Giant Step double pedal complete the setup. The band that I was in from 2001 to 2006 said that out of all of their previous drummers (& there were a few!!!), none had played Sonor. As a matter of fact, the guitarist (who, believe it or not, had actually been around some), never even HEARD of the German Drum Co. who, in 2001, celebrated it’s 125th year!!!
I DO envy the fact that you have the Signature Series! Hang onto them, for goodness sake! Steve Smith used them for most (if not all) of his tenure w/ ‘Journey’, Phil Rudd has recorded & toured w/ them, & the great Danny Carey recorded ‘TOOL’s “Opiate”, “Undertow”, & “/enima” w/ them, as well! Speaking of whom, I just purchased his 14 x 8 bronze shell Sonor Signature Snare Drum last year & am loving it!
Oh & BTW, how do you like the Ocheltree Tree Bronze drum? I havn’t yet given it a ‘test drive’, & would love to hear your opinion as an owner of said drum!
If you want to read a brief but detailed & accurate history of the Sonor Signature Series, dig through your back issues of “DRUM!” to Vol. 11, #8-Dec’02-Jan’03!
On pg. 128, in the “Classic” column, there’s a teriffic article by Robert Henrit!

Posted: October 03, 2011 08:40 AM

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Cfenning - 02 October 2011 11:40 PM

I wish we could embed pictures on this forum.

@Cfenning - You can add pictures as attachments if that helps.

1) click “choose file” [see attached image]

2) if you want to add more pics, click “preview post” and then repeat

3) you are allowed 3 attachments per post

Posted: October 03, 2011 11:16 AM

Cfenning

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drumbri24 - 03 October 2011 05:42 AM

Hi Cfenning! It’s nice to hear from another Sonor fan! Before 2005 when I got my DW Collector’s Maples, my Sonor Designer Series 8 pc. kit was my trusty instrument! I have the Maple Light Shells in a beautiful Cherry Stain finish! I bought it in 2002 brand spankin’ new & still love & play it to this day! Matching 12 x 5 & 14 x 6.5 Snares, a 22 x 16 Kick, 8 x 8, 10 x 9, 12 x 10 rack toms, 14 x 16 & 16 x 18 floors make up the kit. I believe that Sonor is the only Co. to offer 14” & 16” Floor toms w/ those depths (I might be mistaken). All 600 Series hardware (the hardest piece to find was the XH644 X-Hat w/ MC 626 Multi-Clamp) & a Giant Step double pedal complete the setup. The band that I was in from 2001 to 2006 said that out of all of their previous drummers (& there were a few!!!), none had played Sonor. As a matter of fact, the guitarist (who, believe it or not, had actually been around some), never even HEARD of the German Drum Co. who, in 2001, celebrated it’s 125th year!!!
I DO envy the fact that you have the Signature Series! Hang onto them, for goodness sake! Steve Smith used them for most (if not all) of his tenure w/ ‘Journey’, Phil Rudd has recorded & toured w/ them, & the great Danny Carey recorded ‘TOOL’s “Opiate”, “Undertow”, & “/enima” w/ them, as well! Speaking of whom, I just purchased his 14 x 8 bronze shell Sonor Signature Snare Drum last year & am loving it!
Oh & BTW, how do you like the Ocheltree Tree Bronze drum? I havn’t yet given it a ‘test drive’, & would love to hear your opinion as an owner of said drum!
If you want to read a brief but detailed & accurate history of the Sonor Signature Series, dig through your back issues of “DRUM!” to Vol. 11, #8-Dec’02-Jan’03!
On pg. 128, in the “Classic” column, there’s a teriffic article by Robert Henrit!

I actually sold my Designer Bop kit to add onto my Signature kit. I have owned a Bubinga Signature kit for the past 5 or 6 years now. 8,10,12,13,14,16,18,24. It was only until last January when I sold my Designers to buy my Signature bop kit. Now my plan/dream is complete!

It’s funny you mention Steve Smith and Danny Carey. I am good friends with Jeff Ocheltree and both Steve and Danny were very influential in my choice for the Sonor sound. I will never sell any of my Sonor Signatures. At this point, I have a 13pc kit. I never plan on setting the entire kit up at one time but it is a kick to know that I could!

The modern Sonor Danny Carey snare is nothing like the real deal. I own a HLD590 and a few Ocheltree Drums (2 Bronze and 2 Steel) and that thin-walled Bronze shell that Sonor is selling now sounds nothing like them. Not to say that it sounds bad, just nothing like a real cast shell.