I like the idea because i can get something of Sonor German quality to gig and not be hauling around a small fortune! I'm not scared to take an SQ2 out, i do regularly, but some of those gigs which we've all been to where some guys up leaning on your floor tom, and decides that a 10x8 makes a good beer mat, my heart wouldn't be in my mouth as much! Also, to put up and leave in a theatre for 3 weeks!
The actual shells, aren't going to be a downgrade because Sonor German will be the same shell construction, but trading off finishes and features of hardware etc. I guess it sits perfectly where an S Class would have sat for example, but they are trying some new stuff here with shell layup and thickness.
It also would provide a way for many more people to play a German Sonor much more easily financially, because lets be honest SQ2 is big ££££.
I can see many reasons for their thinking.
We're on the same wavelength, Jack.
I suppose my comment was based on all the FB comments aswell as the ones on this thread.
When I say 'downgrade', I'm not saying they are cheapies. I'm trying to say that they have been specifically built to a price point (which I believe is fantastic, for many reasons, some of which you mentioned), making them more accessible. Which is what we ALL want, but we'll find a way to bag the *** out of it, and fuckin whinge about it anyway.
Why peeps go on and on about SQ1 being Sonor Quality to the blah blah is completely irrelevant. Its just a name for a series.
SQ1 has been made to sit in a more accessible price point, intentionally
Logically, some corners may need to be cut, or options need to be trimmed when compared to more expensive series (being every other series from Germany) for it to be justifiable at this price point.
Its not rocket science.