It is missing the snare adjustment. Slingerland lost their lead although they remained a strong second. The best way to date a drum by veneer is to find a veneer guide online, such as the Slingerland finish guide on www. Some of the beautiful new Leedy Drums! Beside long time endorser Buddy Rich, Slingerland in the 1970s garnered drummers Danny Seraphine with Chicago and Nigel Olsson still playing with Elton John. The concept can be attributed to George Way, although Way was not responsible for the final engineering which proved to be lacking, and the line was a spectacular and expensive failure. Slingerland doesn't factor into things one way or the other. He had them dialed fairly tight for a jazzy sound.
You get what you see here. Slingerland tried to introduce Leedy as a second line. . These drums were introduced in 1936-'37, and remained Slingerland's flagship snare drums and drum sets until 1957, when the Radio King model briefly disappeared from the product line. The first Slingerland came out in 1928. In 1949 they switched to round badges in solid metal colors.
I worked in a music store selling drums and guitars in 1966-67, and mainly remember Slingerland as cheap imitations of Gretsch. If the new Rogers drums are top-quality and can generate a profit, then maybe we'll see something akin to Nashville Slingerlands make a reappearance. For drum collectors, scoring a vintage set of acrylic Slingerland drums is a rare find. Issues that are commonly complained about are the wrap finishes lifting and bearing edges. The Ludwig family got the Ludwig name back, and Slingerland purchased rights to the Leedy name. While I wouldn't go that far, I finally went to his garage and played the kit and it was pretty sweet. Radio King bass drums and tom-toms were made from mahogany, with maple reinforcement hoops.
The guitar's pickup includes individual string magnets as well as a large horseshoe magnet. I was just thinking of how cool it would be if someone bought it and brought it back to life. The final nail in Slingerland's coffin, was demand by Gibson, that in order to become a Slingerland dealer, music stores also had to carry Gibson guitars. Knob Tension drums were discontinued within a year. Between my drumming and drum hardware experience in restoring drum kits from the past, as well as my family's printing experience, we have produced our first run of replica badges, as close as possible to the original Kent blue and gold badge of the 60's. By the 1970s, the Slingerland line of marching equipment had become very popular in marching bands, colleges, and drum corps. By the late 1980s, Slingerland had fallen behind technologically, and , and especially , began to pick up its market share.
We do not know much about these drums except that this shell is still in really great shape. These drums today remain quite collectible. This is an accurate way to compare and date Slingerland drums. Each time, the purchase agreement included the Leedy name, patents, trademarks, and parts. Exceptions to nearly every strict product existed. They stopped production quickly after their introduction due to a patent infringement suit and a cease and desist warrant from Ludwig regarding Slingerland's foray into acrylic drums. Slingerland had won a correspondence school of music in a card game aboard one of the gaming boats that once cruised Lake Michigan.
After introducing the Magnum series in the late 1970s, Slingerland lost its footing, and the company folded. If you have a Kent drum the sound can be greatly improved upon by having the edges recut. Being able to mention that your drums harken back to the top selling drums of the 30's. Slingerland experimented with veneers more than any other company. Slingerland ceased making electric instruments in 1940 in order to exclusively focus on producing percussion instruments. Once Slingerland manufacturing moved to Conway a piano factory and was no longer led by the masters who made the Nashville drums, the quality went south.
Naturally, I thought Ludwig was the best and was surprised when my drum teacher said Slingerland was better. These vintage Kent Drums were manufactured by the E. We have a lot of Slingerland History available for people to learn about Slingerland Drums, Slingerland Badges, Slingerland Hardware and Slingerland Shells. Another late-70s innovation was the Slingerland cutaway multi-tenors that were carried in trio, quad, or quint arrangements. Date your Slingerland drum by identifying the veneer of the drum.
I know a few guys here who have Conway kits that they love, but I don't believe I've ever seen one in person that didn't have issues. Take a look at the badge on the drum. That is basically what Jim Moritz is doing at Chicago Drum. Short lived in the 1970s were Slingerland's version of Ludwig Vistalite clear drums. He retained ownership of Leedy and began to consider how he could bring this once great American drum name back into the marketplace! From 1961-86 they were manufactured in Niles, Ill.
Savor the sounds of a well made drum kit when you hone your musical skills on Slingerland drums. We have our share of industry insiders on this forum. Ludwig and Slingerland spent weeks going through the plant to debate the division of tools, equipment, and inventory. It's been several months now and Gibson has not sold the Slingerland name. Modern Slingerland drums from Nashville under Foley and Bacco's leadership are some of the best maple Keller drums out there, and I've always loved them.
This was due to high demand for metals needed for the. Except for a new lug design and badge, the Leedy drums that were produced by Slingerland from 1956 to 1965 were basically Slingerland drums. These are very hard to find. If you are interested in more history, please visit. In 1998, Slingerland released a model based on its signature drum kit. Slingerland drum company manufactured drums at many different locations throughout the years.