Sonor has been dedicated to the development of drums and other percussion instruments on a scientific research level for centuries. The cooperation of international research institutes, well known musicologists and leading musicians from all genres create the foundations for this work. With this know how it’s possible to e.g. optimise the resonance of drums. In the wide field of percussion and marching percussion, such as Glockenspiel, xylophones and metallophones Sonor has always been an innovation leader. Sonor drums and percussion are always found in top positions of magazine tests.
In the year 1875 Johannes Link, a trained wood turner and tanner, started a small workshop for simple military drums and drum heads in Weißenfels an der Saale in East Germany. From these modest beginnings developed a flourishing business, which at the turn of the century already offered a comprehensive range of percussion instruments.
In 1907 the Sonor trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent Office. Around 1925 Sonor had 145 employees and was one of the largest businesses of its kind.
After the end of World War II the East German Government expropriated the Link Family and Sonor became a state owned enterprise. But already in 1946 a new company was established by the son of the founder, Otto Link, and his son Horst. This time the location was Aue in Westphalia/West Germany
The very wide product range includes : drums (Sonor SQ2 Drum System, Sonor Designer, Sonor Delite und Sonor Snare Drums), concert & marching (Sonor B-Line, Sonor Professional Line and Sonor Concert Line), percussion (Sonor African Drums, Sonor Congas & Bongos and Sonor Frame Drums & Tambourines) and Orff-instruments (Sonor Glockenspiels, Sonor Xylophone, Sonor Bass Drums)
Today Sonor has evolved into a modern enterprise with its focus on the international markets though latest technology has found its entry into Sonor production methods, the secret of the Sonor sound remains. It lies in the meticulous attention to even the smallest detail and the commitment of its founder to always maintain the highest possible level of quality. As the first music instrument maker Sonor was awarded Germanys highest design prize the „Bundespreis Design“in 1994. Today, thanks to the consequent know how transfer and a global mentality, Sonor quality is manufactured in Germany, Italy and China. The demanding standards are met by quality monitoring by German Sonor experts. Das internationale Vertriebsnetz von Sonor kann dadurch Instrumente mit exzellentem Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis in nahezu alle Länder der Welt liefern.