What an elegant beauty this kit is. It belongs to Jeremy Peake from historic Ely in Cambridgeshire.
Although the kit looks unified it was actually assembled piecemeal. “Fellow drummer Chris Lee gave me the toms because I already had another Sonor kit,” Jeremy explains.
“I liked them so much I went out and found a matching bass and snare. My bass drum originally belonged to Brian Glascock of ’60s group The Gods.”
Sonor kits were imported to the UK and USA by Hohner, first arriving in the late ’50s, as did Trixon, the other great West German brand. To woo American custom the standard four-piece kit was called the Chicago Star, while smaller kits were termed New Orleans, Harlem and Memphis Stars.
Sonor’s tom sizes were somewhat unusual, with 13x8-inch and 16x14½-inch toms coupled with the more familiar 20x14-inch bass and 14x5-inch snare.