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Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack   

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Sonor's Martini SE Shell Pack is a diminutive kit that enables a player to acoustic jazz bossa grooves into the tightest of venues. Cross-laminated, ...Read More

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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 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. A retro Turquoise Galaxy Sparkle finish is tastefully offset with natural finish bass hoops. 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 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (7)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Huge tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (10)
  • Jazz clubs (6)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

fun

By 

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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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Beautiful but quiet

      By 

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      best lil kit for the money

      By 

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tight and Punchy

      By 

      from Hanover, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

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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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        5.0

        great set

        By 

        from lexington n.c.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

          great set of drums very well pleased great tone after you change factory heads to what you like but if you tune the factory heads you can get a great sound right out of the box

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Beautiful Kit with big sound

          By 

          from Vineland, NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Cheap Heads
          • Heads

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Clubs
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

          I was pleasantly surprised by this kit. I was looking for a smaller kit for playing in smaller venues. My main gig is with an 80's cover band and I wasn't sure if this kit would cut it. I changed all of the heads (the ones that come with the kit do not do the instrument justice) and miked the kick drum and got descent tone and punch out of it. It didn't quite sound like my 22 inch bass drum, but it did the job. The toms sing and project nicely. Even on heavy rock tunes! This set is also a great conversation starter. I always get people telling me what a beautiful kit it is and how surprised they are by the big sound I get out of them.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Cool, fun kit.

          By 

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Sound
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Experimental
            • Fusion
            • Hip hop
            • Jazz
            • Latin
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

            I've had this set for a couple weeks, so this is my initial impression of the set.
            Out of the box, this set has a beautiful finish that pictures can't do justice--simply stunning. It was quick to put together and get to playing.
            The small drums offer a very tonal experience. The tuning of the drums on this is important and are what make the set as fun as it is. The compact format not only make the drums easy to move around; I've found that this makes the set easy play around on with more speed as well and everything is always in reach. Rolls on any of the drums are so easy and sound great without much effort. The drums are responsive as well as dynamic. I haven't had a chance to try some upgraded heads yet, but the ones included are not bad.

            The size does not compromise the volume of the set too much. It is important to note that the smaller drums (especially with the 8" tom and the 14" kick) call for more tonal drumming and will not work as well for genres like classic rock and hard rock.

            I plan on doing another review after I've had a few months with it, but as of now this set has been a very rewarding purchase. It is simply a lot of fun to play and sounds so cool and unique.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing!

            By 

            from Bessemer, AL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

              Upon removal of this kit from the box, I've noticed its rich and colorful finish. I'm not a big fan of wrap around finishes but I was astounded and amazed by this one. If you're wanting a punchy and fat tone, stock head aren't recommended for this kit; however, I'd strongly advise Aquarian or Evans heads.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great kit!

              By 

              from Hampton NH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                Great set right out of the box. Remo (japan) heads are not that great. I changed all the heads to my fav. Aquarian and the sound is much better. Only gripe is I wish the 8" tom was a 10". The color sold me on this kit.

                Comment on this review

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Martini With a bit of a Kick

                By 

                from Bristol, TN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Compact
                • Great Sound
                • Keeps Tone
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Sturdy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Funk Applications
                  • Jazz Clubs
                  • Jazz Combos
                  • Small Venues
                  • Swing Applications

                  Comments about Sonor Martini 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                  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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