We attended the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim yet again and came away refreshed and excited with the new gear we'd seen.
Sonor outdid themselves this year, I believe, with the revamped Force line and the addition of the upper-midline ASCENT and BEECH INFINITE series.
BEECH! BEECH! BEECH! The Ascent series has thick 7 and 9 ply BEECH shells
The Force 3007 moniker has been discontinued in favor of "Select Force" 100% Canadain Maple shells, shallow shell depths,
attractive new finishes and redesigned lugs.
German Made beech kit in traditional tom sizes and an interesting "soft touch" paint. It looks good and I think will be quite durable for gigging.
The kit sounded like a million Euros when Chris Coleman played it...
The Force 2007 series has been supplanted by the "ESSENTIAL FORCE" with 100% Birch shells, the new hardware and gloss finishes.
Continuing with the revamp of product lines is the "SMART FORCE" which replaces the Force 1007 and "SMART FORCE XTEND" edges out the 507.
The Smart Force Xtend is pictured below.
This year's display included a cute little walnut roots Delite Bop Kit.
THe big news on the snare front were the Steve Smith and Benny Greb Signature Snare Drums.
Force and Ascent Llines
Delite and S-Classix
Karl-Heinz and the lovely Tami Logsdon
Karl, David Schulz and Emanuelle Caplette sharing a joke
Sonor International Artist Relations Manager, Thomas Barth and Tami
Shane, Adam (Thomas Magnum) and I spying on the Mapex people...
The Hohner Booth for 2011