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Slingerland Drums Review And Their Glory Days

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Slingerland Drums

A Short History
Jazz drumming would have never been the same if it wasn’t for Slingerland drums. This historic company was founded in 1912 by H.H. Slingerland, who was lucky enough to win a correspondence school of music, while being on many gaming boats, cruising Lake Michigan at the time.

Slingerland drums were the last type of music instruments to be manufactured by the company, who first started importing ukuleles from Europe. Because the demand was so high at the time, they started making their own ukuleles and banjos. The first drum set was made in 1928 and it certainly changed the world of music.

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Slingerland drums left their mark on the industry with several products, considered to be top-of-the-line quality. Radio King is undeniably the most manufactured line, offering a unique design and unbeatable performance.

They were introduced to the public in 1935 and what distinguished them from other similar sets was the fact that they were built from a single piece of maple wood.

This technology allowed the production of better resonance, as well as brighter tones. Slingerland drums were also the main manufacturer of marching drums, preferred by many bands at the beginning of 1920s.

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Why Slingerland Drums Were So Desired.
What makes the old Slingerland drums so desired and unique is the fact that all of them were built with great attention to detail, due to the fact that standardized manufacturing was not yet so popular.

However, this also created a few flaws, for some of the parts used would have been older, thus bringing the quality of the performance down a little. Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa are some of the jazz drummer legends who enjoyed their Slingerland drums. The company even named a line of products after them, considered by many musicians to be one of the best sets, even today.

How to date your Slingerland Drum

Essentially Slingerland drums are difficult to date, because inventory control was not significant to drum makers, they did not maintain accurate serial number records.

Drum badges are not even reliable. For example, in order to not waste materials, the manufacturer would place on a late model drum a badge dated earlier than the actual drum.

In many instances new serial number badges were affixed on top of older badges. Thus, a drum could actually be a newer drum with an older badge.

For the above reasons, to date one of the Slingerland drums, a person needs to research finishes, shell paints, badges and timelines, snare drum layouts, and ads from magazines.


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Comment from dave
Time September 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

i use 1969 for 15 years .maple type redwine. play with the slydawgz rock band.i love the tone and the feel of warm sound.i will never sell this kit.thank to you for a great kit.

Comment from Sam
Time September 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

Yes Slingerland are fantastic kits, I recently watched a video of Carmine Appice performing a solo on them.


Comment from Fabian Santiago
Time December 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

I have a set that I bought new in 1973 . Probably have the receipt. WHY …. because my father was not and could not pay for it. Blue Agate color cost about $ 513.00 . Still nice shape … and still use it . I have played with some names in industry ,yes still and play percussion . Out of N.Y . FABIAN

Comment from Sam
Time December 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

It’s always great to hear from drummers playing Slingerlands Fabian!

Tell us, what do you think of the new modern kits coming out? Do you think the will ever compete with the classic 70’s kits?


Comment from Michael Hooper
Time April 12, 2012 at 3:19 am

I have the Buddy Rich set, I got new in 1968. I have played pro all over this nation in the 1970’s. I still them however I also have a set of Tamas that I use mostly now. The first set is in top shape, I’v taken very good care of them.

Comment from Sam
Time June 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Thanks for your comment! Glad to hear people are still rocking the Buddy Rich set!

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