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Old 01-14-2015, 05:39 AM
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Size:  78.6 KBPicked this up at a local music shop that's going out of business. Is it a Slingerland Radio King tom or is it a bongo? In excellent condition. It's an 8" diameter, 5 lugs with claw clamps.

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Old 01-14-2015, 06:54 AM
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Default Re: Check this out. What is it ?

Not a bongo, if anything, it could be a concert tom, but concert toms weren't really a thing in that era. Maybe it was cut down?
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:17 AM
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Here's a Slingerland "bongo" on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Slin...item339be3fd45 Looks very similar to your drum.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:07 AM
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I agree with Harry. It's a bongo. Both Sllingerland and Ludwig made their versions of bongos that looked very much like the drum pictured. Heck, as late as 1980, Ludwig was still selling a marching conga/bongo combination for the marching bands - and I think in an effort to cut down on the weight of traditional congas and bongos, you get that design as pictured for the bongos and congas.
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:56 PM
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Half of a set of bongos but the lugs look more Gretsch than Slingerland to me.Slingerland sound king lugs are more rounded than those at the base.The rim and drum head aren't original to the drum either.If it were Slingerland,it would also be 3 ply,with rerings.

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Old 01-14-2015, 05:02 PM
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Yes Steve, they sure look like dead ringers for Gretsch lugs. With a Radio King calf head.

Steve, did Delmar supply the wraps for all the drum makers back then?
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:13 PM
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Yes Steve, they sure look like dead ringers for Gretsch lugs. With a Radio King calf head.

Steve, did Delmar supply the wraps for all the drum makers back then?
Mostly Delmar,and another plastic factory in Italy and one in Conneticut,who also made eye glass frames and supplied Rogers.That company had little QC and those wraps varied wildly in color and configuration.That's why some wraps of the same discription,don't match each other on Rogers drums.

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Old 01-17-2015, 12:34 AM
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Friend of mine owns a drum shop and specializes in Gretsch. He verified it's a Gretsch but says it's a tom not a bongo. At any rate I'm selling it along with a 1920s/30s 8" zildjian splash that came with it. Thanks folks for your help in identifying this little piece of history.
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