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A cocktail kit for the modern era.

Sonor's Martini SE Shell Pack is a diminutive kit that enables a player to fit their acoustic jazz bossa grooves into the tightest of venues. Cross-laminated, 9-ply poplar shells output punchy tone with ample resonance. A steel snare drum provides those crisp, round tones with the ring you've come to love.

Triple-flange hoops will endure all the rimshots you can dish out, while Tune-Safe lugs ensure that the tuning stays in place. The Martini kit comes with an 14" x 12" kick (with mount and riser), 8" x 8" tom, 13" x 10" floor tom and a 12" x 5" steel snare.

Cymbals and hardware sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Configuration
  • Bass drum(s): 14" x 12"
  • Tom(s): 8" x 8"
  • Floor tom(s): 13" x 10"
  • Snare: 12" x 5"
  • Total pieces: 4
  • Hardware: Not Applicable
  • Cymbals: Not Applicable
  • Shells
  • Shell material: Poplar
  • Construction: 9-Ply
  • Thickness (mm): Info Not Available
  • Bearing edge: 45
  • Reinforcement ring: Not Applicable
  • Drum Hardware
  • Material: Steel
  • Mounts: Traditional
  • Hoops: Triple-flange
  • Lugs: Patented
  • Other
  • Heads: Branded
  • Finish type: Wrap
  • Country of origin: China

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SonorMartini 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Sensitive (7)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (15)
  • Jazz clubs (10)
  • Accompaniment (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Martini With a bit of a Kick

First off, the shipping time for this thing was incredible. So don't expect much waiting around. In fact, don't expect hardly any time at all to have to wait before getting to groove...Read complete review

First off, the shipping time for this thing was incredible. So don't expect much waiting around. In fact, don't expect hardly any time at all to have to wait before getting to groove on this kit. Right out of the box, the most striking feature was its appearance. The galaxy turquoise sparkle looks absolutely stunning. After easy unboxing, the drums were very easy to set up and tune. The tom tom, floor tom, and bass drum all have a great amount of lift to reach tall players. The bass drum riser, mount, and legs were all easy to install and give it an awesome, retro look while remaining super sturdy. It hasn't budged an inch! When tuning the drums, keep in mind that the smaller the drum, the more melodic it will be; it will create more of a note while larger drums create more of a thud. It was very easy to tune, and tune well for that matter. The overtones are not overbearing at all and it's quite simple to tune the drums in a specific key. They sound incredible, giving a warm, vibrant tone. And don't let the small size fool you. The sound the kit puts out is definitely a bigger bite than its bark. The snare pops like a firecracker, the bass drum thuds smoothly, but still gives more of a note in its tone, and the toms contrast each other perfectly. This set would be perfect for several different applications, primarily including jazz, funk, hip-hop, fusion, and swing. Or even if you're just looking for a small kit for an apartment, club, or street, this will surpass your expectations. Amazing little kit from Sonor. And such a great price, too! I have no complaints about the Martini kit at all. Just in love with it all around!

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Beautiful but quiet

I ended up returning this kit. From the reviews I read and the videos I watched, I thought this kit would have a much bigger sound. It just was not loud enough. I...Read complete review

I ended up returning this kit. From the reviews I read and the videos I watched, I thought this kit would have a much bigger sound. It just was not loud enough. I couldn't get a good sound out of the kick, even with replacing the head with a really thick Remo batter (used for marching band bass drums). There was just no punch to it. If you're a going to Buy this kit, be sure that you're only going to be using it for very small venues. It would probably also be great for semi acoustic gig. Even for an acoustic-type show, I think you'd still need to mic the kick.

Aside from being very quite, this kit is stunning. It really was well constructed and sturdy. The hardware had a good weight.

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4.0

Lovely little kit.

By BIG JIM

from Oakland CA

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Pros

  • Professional sparkle wrap
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Cheap heads

Best Uses

  • Brushes only
  • Rehearsals
  • Small Venues

Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

Given that most manufacturers have a bop/jungle/mini kit at affordable pricepoint, they still look relatively cheap. I bought the champagne-gold sparkle finish (def. more gold than pink), and I love the chunky look; it's not a glitter, and it's not 'sandy'-looking. Lugs are big and bold and bass drum hoops are well-finished wood, not plastic. Haven't gigged or changed heads with this yet, but will be shortly.

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5.0

Quality is amazing

By Dmuseing

from Binghamton, NY

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Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

Great little kit and I am really impressed with the quality of the tuners and shells. Even the stock heads are really nice.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect for the gigging drummer

By AHC

from Wilmington, NC

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    I play out with this set about 3-4 times a month. Set up is a breeze, tear down is fast enough that you have time to grab a drink and a girl before the bar closes.

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    3.0

    Good shells, snare not so functional

    By rinsecycle

    from ri

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

      I love this kit overall. Replaced the stock heads and can get a tight, satisfying sound (you're not gonna sound like Bonham or Russ with this rig, duh!). However, the snare proved to be the weak link. Mine just would not stay in tune for any length of time and the strainer constantly needed adjustment (throw-off is super-cheap). After 6 months I ditched it but I still love the rest of the shells an for the price I'm still very satisfied (my snare may have just been a dud, I dunno).

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Got the kit on a Tuesday and used it for a wedding Saturday!

      By BV

      from South Georgia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        First thing I did was told my fellow band mates "No laughing at my new drums!", but, to a man, these very seasoned musicians were nothing but complimentary of the huge, tight sound of the Sonor Martini kit! I did change out the top stock heads with G2 heads on the toms and a coated pinstripe on the snare! I put a kickport in the front kick head, and on the batter side, I used a black Kevlar marching snare head that had a great, low sound when thumped, as I held the unmounted head in my head to check for tone! As far as mic placement for the outside wedding, I used a cheap Cad Kick mic in the kickport and mounted a Cad condenser mic above the 13" floor tom to capture both it, and the 16" thicker crash that I use for the ride with this fantastic set! The finish is incredible (Champagne Sparkle) under the lights, and the only thing I'm wondering about, and I'll need to ask the folks in the crowd... "Does this kit make my knees look big?"!!!!! Thanks Sonor & Musician's Friend for delivering (Free, by the way!) BIG on this Little drum kit!!!!

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        5.0

        JoJo Johns Drummer of Whiskey Girls, Armed & Dangerous NCTV

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        By JoJo Johns

        from Port Charlotte Florida

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        Pros

        • Great for QUICKY gigs
        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Giddy Up, grab the SONORS
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

          This set is great for... HEY JOJO, we need you right now, our drummer is a no show ! Or Practice or small venues INSTEAD OF MY MONSTER KIT It comes in handy for grab and go! The funny part is as a 300 lb. heavy built drummer I DWARF the set. I use DEAD RINGERS and mics to be heard...My last purchase full kit will be a set of top of the line TD Rolands with 2 bass drums and a set of old NORTHS because I had a set years ago and loved it for my collection...Then I can die...That or Fortissimo's ! Then I can die as a DNR with my drumsets incinerated in my ashes....Pax JoJo Johns Drummer and TV producer Google me. I am a verified buyer and reviewer for Musicians Friend and Zildjian...Proudly !!

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          4.0

          fun

          By rinsecycle

          from ri

          About Me Novice

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

              This kit is super-fun to play. I can play in the basement without disrupting the entire house. Drums really sing and respond well to a light touch. I haven't changed the stock heads yet - they sound fine although they require a bit of fine tuning every few days. On the plus side they tune up very easily. Highly recommended.

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              (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Beautiful but quiet

              By Michele

              from Scranton, pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Sensitive

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Very Quiet

              Best Uses

              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

              I ended up returning this kit. From the reviews I read and the videos I watched, I thought this kit would have a much bigger sound. It just was not loud enough. I couldn't get a good sound out of the kick, even with replacing the head with a really thick Remo batter (used for marching band bass drums). There was just no punch to it. If you're a going to Buy this kit, be sure that you're only going to be using it for very small venues. It would probably also be great for semi acoustic gig. Even for an acoustic-type show, I think you'd still need to mic the kick.

              Aside from being very quite, this kit is stunning. It really was well constructed and sturdy. The hardware had a good weight.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              best lil kit for the money

              By koolaid

              from new orleans

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Kick Head Change

              Best Uses

              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

              I get a lot of compliments on the kit.especially the kick drum. But you have to change the head. I put a Remo dot snare head on it. Cut a 4in. Hole on the front. And mic it. Sounds like a 22in. Kick drum.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tight and Punchy

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              By TOP Down Band

              from Hanover, PA

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              Pros

              • Crisp
              • Great Sound
              • TIGHT

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Beach Rock
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                Tight and Crisp. Needed a small kit for my beach rock trio and this kit fit the bill. Fit and finish was nice. A little breaking in and the tone is really nice. You can switch out the heads and adjust to your style. I was actually surprised at how good and snappy the snare was. If you mic it you can certainly play larger gigs. Its a fun little kit. I threw in a couple of straight stands for a ride and crash but you could add a dogbone on the center mount and save some space. The blue kit looked better in person than I expected. For the money its a great set up.

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