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Sonor Jungle Set

When it came time to retire my revered old Sonor Phonic kit to the practice studio some years ago, I started custom-building my own drum sets. You can thump a bare drum shell and hear the tone and pitch that the finished drum will have, and when I first performed this test on a 16-inch floor tom shell for a kit I was constructing, I immediately recognized that this was the bass drum sound I’d been searching for.

That said, for the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of evaluating Sonor’s Jungle Set. Consisting of a 16-inch by 16-inch floor tom (as a bass drum), 10-inch by 9-inch and 13-inch by 11-inch toms (the latter used here as a floor tom), and a strange 10-inch by 2-inch wood shell Jungle Snare, these are the same Taiwanese-made drums Sonor uses in its second-tier-from-the-bottom Force 3001 line budget series, utilizing regular tension rods instead of the slotted key design of their upper-end models. But as is always the case with Sonor’s traditional attention to detail and quality workmanship, these are first-class drums.

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