Jeremy’s drums are all from the early or mid-’60s, when the oblong silver badge took over from the previous twin mallets logo.
“My bass drum is dated June 1963,” Jeremy reveals. “And the 13-inch tom is stamped 210 inside (indicating the 10th month of 1962) and has the metal twin mallets logo, so is slightly older than the rest of the kit. It also has a metal letter S pressed into it, which I haven’t seen anywhere else.”
While the toms and bass drum have vertical inner plies and reinforcing rings, the six ply snare drum has a horizontal inner ply with no reinforcing. The drums are finished in Wine Marble Stripe, a popular wrap in the UK.
Legendary Sonor quality is already in evidence with the triple chrome-plated cast steel hardware and fittings, and machine-threaded bolts. Hoops are also one-piece, die-moulded steel, with the top flange turned in, not out.
The snare has a sophisticated parallel action with 18 steel wire ‘spirals’. The pointed lugs are so elongated that they have to be overlapped on both the snare drum and also on the small tom.