PRODUCT NEWS 2014: SQ² Stellar Spire Edition & Finish News


SONOR, proudly celebrating a tradition of over 135 years of excellence has announced the launch of the Limited Edition SQ² Stellar Spire kit and new finishes to be introduced at Winter NAMM 2014.

This limited SQ² drums will be offered in a Stage 3 configuration, 22" x 18" virgin bass drum, 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms, 16" x 16" floor tom and a 14" x 6" snare drum. The shells are handmade in Germany from 9-ply, hand-selected North American Maple, featuring the stunning air brushed Stellar Spire finish and black nickle plated fittings. The snare drum features Die Cast hoops Made in Germany and uses SONOR's Dual Glide snare strainer system.

On this project SONOR is working with the talents of MachArt, a two person air brush specialized lacquer company not too far away from the SONOR factory in Germany. The idea behind this kit was to replicate a high resolution picture, taken from the Hubble space telescope in outer space, as a complete theme on a drum kit. The drum kit shows the Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and is also known as the Star Queen Nebula) in the constellation Serpens (source: This piece of art is hand painted over a piano black lacquered ground coat at MachArt in Germany and has been high gloss lacquered to perfection in the SONOR factory in Germany once the air brush job was done. The theme finds itself from the bird's eye view on the bass drum and in spectators view from right to left on the rest of the shells.

These kits will be available in a very limited quantity and will be timeless and valuable collector pieces.

Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA).

SONOR proudly announces the addition of two exclusive veneers to the SQ² program in 2014:


Highly figured with tight swirls and burl eyes, Mountain Burl is the first of two veneers added to the existing range. Veneers are selected, set by hand and matched in-house by SONOR master craftsmen. Each veneer sheet is one of a kind and makes each drum unique like a personal fingerprint.


Often used for high end furniture or interior design, the veneer sheets are 'smoked' or fumed to modify the surface color. In addition to the design, the physical properties of the wood are improved, too: it becomes more elastic, less brittle and easier to work and process in the shell manufacturing. A beautiful vertical veneer with spectacular contrast.