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Sonor Gavin Harrison14" x 5.25" Birch Snare

Sonor Gavin Harrison14" x 5.25" Birch Snare

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Sonor Gavin Harrison14" x 5.25" Birch Snare


In late 2011, SONOR and Gavin began working on the “Protean” project with the goal to create a snare drum that is as musically versatile as Gavin himself. The name Protean comes from Greek mythology meaning versatile and  diverse. Gavin wanted this snare drum to be a daily workhorse instrument that can be quickly altered to suit the musical situation.

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Sonor Gavin Harrison14" x 5.25" Birch Snare

In late 2011, SONOR and Gavin began working on the “Protean” project with the goal to create a snare drum that is as musically versatile as Gavin himself. The name “Protean” comes from Greek mythology meaning “versatile” and “diverse”. Gavin wanted this snare drum to be a daily workhorse instrument that can be quickly altered to suit the musical situation.

“When I had the chance to design this Snare Drum together with SONOR I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve because it is based on my experience of the last 30 years playing professionally. I chose the shell material, the hybrid bearing edges, the dampening rings, the S-Hoop and the 8-strand snare wires because I know they work in all sorts of different situations. We called the drum ‘Protean’ because it’s versatile and you can change the features very quickly to get a sound that will be musically right. I wanted the look of the drum to be able to fit in with any drum set. It has a sleek Art Deco look about it with a classic black satin finish.

It‘s the best of vintage meets modern innovation and to play it is my dream come true.” Gavin Harrison

Construction and Finish

The Signature Snare is handcrafted in Germany and will be offered in two sizes: 14" x 5.25"  and 12" x 5". They are made from 6-ply, premium hand-selected Birch wood to make a thin 6mm shell.
The timeless Silky Black finish is offset by white underlays between the chrome fittings and the shell.

Hybrid Bearing Edges

The Snare reintroduces the vintage round bearing edge on top which SONOR last produced in 1975. On the bottom a modern 45 degree bearing edge is featured.

Vintage Lugs

Gavin‘s choice of lugs are the vintage Phonic lugs to add “mass” to the shell while eliminating stress from high tension.

Hybrid Hoops

The Snares feature S-Hoops on the top side, and a special open, triple-flanged steel hoop on the bottom.

Dual Glide System

Gavin loved the benefits of the new Dual Glide Snare System, but took the idea a little further. The open bottom hoop makes the Dual Glide strainer even more versatile, as multiple snare wires can be used and exchanged quickly. Tuning the bottom head with the snares off is much easier.

Exclusive Snare Wires

Gavin designed three special 8 strand snare wire configurations. The standard assembled snare wire is the “Straight 8”, which features 8 Stainless Steel strands in the center position.
Available in the Premium Edition are: “EQ” - features 8 Bronze strands off center. “Spacer” - features 8 Brass strands in different diameter and unique spacing in between the strands. Both Premium Edition wires come in a exclusive and unique wooden box.

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