Note: this part fits SLOTTED German-style tension rods, not square-headed standard rods like those used on Latos (and most manufacturers') drums.
Hand-machined, these are designed to speed head changes up significantly, and are made out of stainless steel, brass, copper for a lifetime of service.
These feature a 3/8" round shaft to reduce the risk of an unexpected jam of some sort damaging a lug, insert, or tension rod: in event of binding, the round shaft is more likely to spin in the drill's chuck than a hex shaft. Of course, always set your drill's clutch to its lowest setting for a little extra insurance.
These fit 1960s vintage through modern slotted rods, including: Teardrop, Champion / Super Champion, Phonic, Lite, Signature, Designer, etc
Left to right: stainless/stainless brass/stainless copper/stainless (limited run)
NOTE: these are a product of Latos Drums, in no way associated with SONOR, other than the fact that I appreciate their craftsmanship. "Sonor" and "Sonor Drums" are registered trademarks of Sonor GmbH & Co.
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I feel like the world has enough “perfect” drums. There's a lot of robots in Asia making amazing instruments with NASA-grade precision. But personally, for an musical instrument, I find beautiful more inspiring and important than perfect. And I’m not sure how those "perfect" drums are all going to hold up over time. Particularly metal drums. In a hundred years, are they going to wear out, strip out, have lacquer crack off, have pitted plating and rust? Almost categorically, yes, if they last that long. Are they going to be as beautiful and inspiring, be something that we'll want to pass down to our kids, our grandkids, our closest drummer friends or hardest-working students?
The most useful drums for me, as a full-time professional musician, have been instruments that have aged gracefully. Things that were intended to sound and feel good before all else, and crafted by human hands. And they’ve often been drums that have lasted nearly 100 years so far, with many more miles left to go.
So that’s what I set out to build. Drums that will inspire, sound amazing, look even better with age and use, and be just as musically useful for their 2nd and 3rd owners, a century or longer from now. Inspired by the great brass drums of the 1920s and 1930s, of course, but with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. And with fresh designs, for the music of today and the future.
Being individually hand-crafted with traditional methods, they are far from perfect, now or ever, but I think they're something much more important: these drums are beautiful, forever.