Drum Set Reviews
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The Sonor Force 2007 is one of the popular sets in Sonor's budget Force Series. The series includes the cheaper 507 and 1007 Basswood sets, as well as the more expensive 3007 Maple set.
But, the Force 2007 is 100% Birch and is aimed at beginner to intermediate players who want a punchy, bright sounding kit.
The set is sold as a shell pack or with some Sonor 200 series hardware thrown in with it. Anyway, the kit i'm reviewing has a 22"x17.5" bass drum, 12"x9", 10"x8", and 14"x14" toms, with a 14"x5.5" snare. Right, let's get to it...
Sonor have put the shells together with 9 plies of decent Birch. It's maybe not the absolute best quality Birch available, but this is a budget set afterall. Anyhow, the shells are pretty smooth and the 45-degree bearing edges look good to me so i'm not complaining.
In-keeping with the trend at the moment, the shells have been built with slightly shallow depths to get that super-fast response and punchy sound. If you're a rock or fusion player, this is definate plus; if you're not, i'd look for a set with deeper shells.
Moving on, the hardware on the shells is fairly standard, but there are some nice touches. For example, you get TuneSafe lugs that stop the tension rods coming loose, and the bass drum legs have a rubber or metal ends to rest on the floor.
And, just like most manufacturers these days, Sonor have their own tom mounting suspension system called the T.A.R. It's about as good as any others i've used and does seem to help get max resonance out of those sweet Birch shells.
Does she have the look? That depends on what you like. The 2007 comes with a quite nice looking high-gloss laquer finish, and you can get it in a few different colours like Piano Black, Blue Fade, and Dark Green Burst. It's not bad 'ya know, and getting it on a budget set like this is pretty cool.
In the 200 series hardware pack that comes with the Sonor Force I found two boom cymbal stands, a hi-hat stand, snare stand, and a bass drum pedal. They're nothing to get too excited about and are good enough to do the job.
The bass drum pedal is actually a little better than I was expecting and gives smooth action. But, the hi-hat stand can be a little unstable if you're going at it hard. Then, the two boom cymbal stands don't extend quite as high as i'd like either, but they're still useable. All in all, the hardware is reasonable for a budget set.
After taking this drum kit out for a test drive, I'm totally convinced of something. Budget Birch drums can actually sound damn good!
I was looking for punchiness, projection, resonance and a bit of darkness. I wasn't disapointed.
The 12"x9" and 10"x8" toms are great to play. Because the shells are quite shallow they're really lively and bright with a good punch. The response is made even quicker and harder due to the shells being made from Birch. They do resonate well too though, and adding some dampening helps fatten them up.
Talking of fat drums, the 14"x14" floor tom is one chunky mutha! Even though it's a shallow shell, you can get a good low note from it tuned low, as well as a good range of higher sounds.
But in my view, hands down the best part of this kit is the 22"x17.5" bass drum. It's got a good old helping of low-end beefy power! But, unlike some deeper 20" bass drums, the 17.5" depth here helps focus the sound in. Sure, I needed a bit more padding in there (a very small pillow) to get the exact sound I wanted, but not much else. It's a super drum, and gives some nice resonance if you leave the padding out.
Moving on, the snare drum sings out well but does have alot of overtones if you tune it higher. Some Moon Gel (gel dampening) soon got it under control though, and I was cranking! It's got a decent attack and rims shots cut right through easily.
Actually the whole set cuts through well, and it gives a wide range of options when it comes to tuning. I got the best sound out of the snare at a medium tuning where it had a tasty fat note. The toms on the other hand were good at a range of tunings especially slightly higher. As for the bass drum, it's gotta be low all the way down baby! When I tuned it higher it started to lose it's chunky power. So don't!
If you're looking for a decent Birch set, the Sonor Force 2007 fits the bill pretty well. This is a budget set so I wasn't expecting the sound to be great. But, you know what? It actually is! It's punchy, attacking, and resonant, and the shallow shells give the whole set a quick and focused quality.
The features are good on the whole, and the hardware is gonna last you a while too. I think one of the best things about this set, apart from the sound, is the laquered finish. It's good to see Sonor putting one on a budget set.
Any downsides? Yep, i'm sorry to say there are a couple. First, the hi-hat stand is a little awkward and could be steadier, and the lugs and bass drum claws are mounted directly to the shells without any rubber padding. Last of all, the supplied Remo drum heads aren't too great, so i'd replace 'em. But this is a budget set so I guess I can overlook that.
What about the price? The Force 2007 is a budget set. But, there's no denying you get a great Birch sound for your money. That alone makes the asking price look very reasonable. Where's the cheapest place to buy? Here's the cheapest site i've found. They usually have the lowest price and sometimes free delivery too, so I recommend checking them out for the best deal!
The final word: do you want a good sounding, attacking Birch drum set? Do you want it to be affordable? Do you want standard features and hardware that's not too fancy? If you answered yes to these questions, this kit might well be your ideal set.
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