By Andy Doerschuk Published July 14, 2010
Following the high-profile launch of Danny Carey and Phil Rudd snares, Sonor keeps the artist tie-ins rolling with the introduction of two new 135th Anniversary Summer Special snare drums designed for the specific tastes of Porcupine Tree’s Gavin Harrison and Nelly Furtado’s Dave Langguth. (It’s a good thing both drummers like White Sparkle finishes. Weird coincidence, huh?) Harrison’s little jewel is constructed of a 9-ply, 12" x 5" North American maple shell finished in a blinding White Sparkle finish (see, I told you). This poppin’ drum is outfitted with Designer-based Series chrome hardware, 18-strand stainless steel snare wires, tension lugs with external TuneSafe, and 2.3 mm Power Hoops. Suggested retail price: $1,499. While Sonor stuck with the North American maple/White Sparkle motif for Langguth’s snare, the company beefed up this baby with a 14" x 5" shell fitted with SQ2-based black chrome hardware, 24-strand stainless steel snares, tension lugs with internal TuneSafe, and die-cast hoops. Suggested retail price: $2,999. Word — better get ’em while the gettin’s good. These limited-edition drums are available only this summer.