Drum Set Reviews
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The Sonor Force 3007 is an upgrade from Sonor's previous 3005 model, and is part of the Force Series that includes the 507, 1007, 2007, and 3007 being reviewed here.
This set is available as a shell pack or with hardware included if you need it. Sonor also give you the option to create your own set-up if you want or choose from their 5 preconfigured sets.
For this review the set includes a 22"x17.5" bass drum, 12"x9", 13"x10" and 16"x16" toms, with a 14"x5.5" snare. Let's get going...
The 3007 has been made in China from a combination of Chinese and Canadian maple, where as the previous 3005 was all Chinese maple. The shells are constructed with 7-plies at just 5.8mm thick, except the bass drum that has 9-plies at a chunkier 7.2mm thick. The Chinese maple is used for the inner 3-plies while the Canadian is used on the outer plies where it can influence the sound most.
On the shells are some cool little (and I mean little!) lugs shaped like Sonor's trademark beater. They work well and i'm sure the low-mass design has been used to keep contact with the shells to a minimum.
Another nice feature with the lugs are Sonor's TuneSafe tension rods that have fine pitch threads making them more resistant to detuning.
The bass drum isn't lacking in nice touches either with swing-out bass drum spurs and neat little claws that have rubber gaskets to stop them scratching the wooden hoops. Then, there's the TAR tom mount.
The mount attaches to the bass drum and has two adjustable arms that connect to the shells via two of the lugs, letting them vibrate better. The TAR mounts are slightly different to other mounts because they also have a stabilising arm that connects directly to the shell. Hopefully, it won't decrease the toms' resonance.
So, what about the finishes? Well, the Force 3007 comes in 9 different laquered options including Blue Sparkle, Red Sparkle, White Sparkle, Midnight Fade, and more. The Blue Sparkle on this set is quite nice, looks good under the lights, and wouldn't look out of place on a more expensive set.
In the hardware pack with the 3007 is a snare stand, hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal, and two mini-boom cymbal stands. It's simple to use, solid, and doubled braced too. I don't really have too much to say about it. It doesn the job well enough, but isn't going to win any awards for being innovative. Overall it's just good. The bass drum pedal isn't too bad either.
Like all maple sets with thin shells, the Force 3007 has a warm, resonant sound and good sustain. It's definately a better sound than the 3005 had, so maybe that Canadian maple has had an effect.
The toms on the Force 3007 are quite snappy and respond quickly thanks to the shells being an inch shallow than the 3005.
And, it's quite a clean sound too with hardly any overtones spoiling the party. The 16"x16" floor tom is the best in my view, with it's soild, beefy note and warm decay.
Talking of solid, beefy notes - the bass drum is fairly loud with a slightly dry sound that projects well when needed. While it's capable of giving low, deep notes it isn't too boomy and seems controlled. The heads have dampening rings on them that probably help it sound this way.
On the other hand, the snare drum is really lively and needed a small bit of dampening to stop some of those overtones. With that done, it gives a reasonable crack and is very sensitive to delicate strokes. I couldn't get a really big sound out of it though, and it's not as adaptable as the rest of the set.
This kit does tune up well though. The bass drum can give some tighter, higher notes but worked best at a lower tension, while the snare was better at a mid to high tuning. But, the best range of notes comes from the toms that perform well wether you have them higher or lower.
This drum set is a decent upgrade from the previous 3005 set. The combination of Chinese and Canadian maple gives a better sound while still being chep enough for the kit to be good value.
The hardware is gonna last unless you really batter it, and the finishes are pretty nice too. With the cool lugs and other features that Sonor have put into this set, it's bound to do well.
Any downsides? The main problem I have with the set is the snare drum. It's ok, but doesn't match the rest of the set and can't give as big a sound as i'd like. Other than that, there's not much else to say. Maybe the sound isn't as amazing as other maple sets that cost more, but that's because this is a budget set, and it sounds pretty good for the money.
What about the price? The Force 3007 is at the lower end of Sonor's range, but does offer a lot of quality for the price. Getting a good maple sound for this money isn't easy. 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: the Sonor Force 3007 gives a good maple sound, some nice features, good finishes, and reliable hardware. It's not amazing, but it's really good value for money and is worth a look.
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