Sonor’s SQ1 series of drums offers the German-made quality of their SQ2 drums at an affordable price-point. These drums feature thin, 100% Birch shells and are available in three pre-configured setups and four classic-car inspired finishes. 

Sonor SQ1 drums offer the custom looks and sounds of the SQ2 series of drums in straightforward configurations and add-on drums, thus streamlining the custom drum ordering process The thin Birch shells on these drums offer a strong, focused attack with clear highs and mids and punchy lows. This tonal quality is further enhanced by Sonor’s low-contact 45-degree bearing edges and tune-safe lugs; in so many words, these drums are a breeze to tune and require very little dampening, if any, to give you the focused response you want. 

These drums don’t just sound good, they look good, too. Inspired by classic hot rods, SQ1 drums come in four matte lacquer finishes that look as clean and focused as these drums sound. 


Sonor introduces the SQ1 series, a new dimension in sound. Birch shells in combination with new innovative Sound Sustainer technology form the basis of a drum series with extraordinary sound characteristics. Together with exclusive matte lacquer finishes, a professional drum concept for live performance and studio recording was developed. Made in Germany.

Birch - the secret behind acoustic versatility

SQ1 drum shells are made of 100% European Birch. Because of its sound characteristics - balanced in low, mid and high - the Birch drum sound is very popular for studio recordings as well as live performances. When developing SQ1, Sonor tested several combinations of Birch-based shell materials. Sonor's conclusion was that pure Birch provided the most versatile sounding drum. Sonor's unique CLTF "Cross Lamination Tension Free" and OSM "Optimum Shell Measurement" process (slightly narrowed outside shell measurement) provide excellent sustain and easy tuning.

Sound Sustainer - the intelligent drum mount

For decades Sonor has cooperated with scientific institutes to optimize the acoustic performance of their drums. Numerous pioneering concepts for the improvement of drum mounting systems have been developed. The new Sound Sustainer technology is based on concepts applied in the automotive industry. A 2-component connection (rubber to metal) enables complete isolation of the metal mount and the wooden shell. This guarantees a particularly long lasting and clean decaying sustain, not just for tom toms but also all floor toms in the SQ1 series.

SQ1 Look & Feel - inspired by classic cars

The colors and styles of legendary car classics were the inspiration for the color selection of the SQ1 series. Four matte lacquer surfaces are handcrafted with Sonor's precision sanding, polishing and lacquer procedures. A special lacquer is used to seal all inside shells

  • 17x22 BD, 8x12 TT, 15x16 FT
  • 100% European Birch Shells
  • 45-Degree Bearing Edges
  • Chrome-Plated Hardware
  • Virgin Bass Drum
  • Tune-Safe Lugs
  • Remo USA Heads
  • Made in Germany
  • Cymbals, Hardware, and Snare Drum Not Included

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