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Old 03-14-2007, 05:08 PM
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Default The 1970's Slingerland kit I was playing



Yes I know... cymbals are a mess... I just rigged something up for my little practice space. =P You'll notice the RIMS mounting and a few other modifications to the drums. The owner of the set before me updated it a bit from it's original form but was nice enough to include a box full of nuts and bolts to put it back to original should anyone decide to tackle the project. It really could use a new wrap job as he did this one himself and it's a little less than perfect as you can see.

The set has been dismantled and I've taken pictures on the off chance that I put it up for sale. I apologize for the dustyness.... ;)

Sizes: (width x height)
Bass - 22x14
Toms - 13x9, 14x10, 16x16
Concert Toms - 6,8,10,12 (See the link below for pictures of 2 of them)

http://www.wrxhackers.com/OldDrums/SlingerlandKit/ <-- Gallery of the dismantled set along with pictures of the original serial badges, etc.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:38 PM
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Oh my god.. that lacquered natural wood looks AMAZING. Very droolworthy kit, and I'm glad you took the innitiative to put RIMS mounts on the toms, probably makes them that much more desireable.

Are the Slingy badges still on the drums?
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:44 PM
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The modifications were made by the previous owner... Unfortunately that's a wrap but I'm pretty sure underneath it's still in good enough condition to be truly laquered. Check out the link at the bottom with the gallery of the kit after I took it down. The badges aren't on the drums but the guy I bought them from did give them to me.

With the RIMS mounts, etc it's really an awesome playable vintage kit rather than something to look at. :)
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:47 PM
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nice stuff. Yeah, and that is BEGGING for a sparkle wrap :)

i dig it though.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:56 PM
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Despite the fact that it's a wrap, I REALLY like it (even if it's fake natural :P). A sparkle wrap looks nice, but honestly the way it is now would be amazing.

Might need the badges and a re-virginized bass.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:17 PM
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I'd be scared to touch the bass... it sounds soooo nice. As much as I love the Tayes I just got the bass is one of the things I'm adjusting to. It's funny though... I read the thread about all the issues people have with the 13" toms... I never did have a problem tuning this one.

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Old 03-14-2007, 07:28 PM
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I was pilfering my Evans Hydraulic head to put on the Taye just a minute ago and noticed the bearing edges on the Slingerland bassdrum.. check it out:


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Old 03-14-2007, 07:39 PM
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If my eyes don't deceive me, the edges are like /\ that, correct?

Wow, you really don't see double-edges done too often nowadays. You're a lucky guy.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:13 PM
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You'd be correct sir. Funny thing is that I never noticed it. Given when I got the kit my only motivation was to match my snare drum pictured elsewhere. At the time I didn't even reallize the snare was a 60's model. Guess I'm going to have to pull the heads off the rest of the drums and see if they got the same treatment.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:17 PM
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Looks like double 45 or maybe double 60. Pretty nice for a bass drum. and a nice looking wrap.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:28 PM
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That is quite the kit, me likey. I think the double edge was standard on Slingerland's in the 70's. I have a '75 Slingerland snare and it has the exact same edges and shell construction.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:44 AM
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That is a beauty. If you do decide to sell it, do let me know. I'm looking for something like that.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:36 PM
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Thanks for the compliments all. I'm kicking the idea around of unloading them and beefing up the Taye kit a bit. Fact of the matter is that I don't have room for two sets right now and I'd hate for them to get stored and collect dust. Still hard to part with your babies though... lol

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Old 03-16-2007, 01:09 PM
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Ok... the set is officially available if anyone is interested.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:05 PM
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Nice kit, I like the little yellow "furry thingy" trying to climb out the bass drum.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:47 PM
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lol yea I don't even remember where he came from but my lil afro dude followed me to quite a few gigs. Given... at the time he was climbing out of a drumset that wasn't nearly as cool but I ported him over to the Slingerland kit. I don't have a hole in the front of the Tayes so I don't know where to put him now!
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:28 PM
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So now I'm debating whether or not to use these as a refinishing project. I've got the materials coming for a snare build I'm doing but if that goes well I could refinish these and have them looking pretty darn sharp.

The question is whether or not to strip the veneer off, sand them down, and finish them with tung oil, wrap them, or do some cool paint scheme. I've got access to a guy that will custom paint them with automotive grade stuff but I'd have to pick a color out. Decisions decisions...
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: The 1970's Slingerland kit I was playing

That is actually a really nice kit.

When I first looked at it I didnt like it, but now I do.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:50 PM
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Most people get caught up in the fact that it's not set up quite like they'd like it and the cymbal placement is goofy in the pictures. :) The set itself is quite nice.

At this point I've decided to sell some of my car goodies and if no one buys this (it's for sale on ebay and several other places) I'm going to strip off the veneer and refinish it. I'm not a huge fan of wraps so I'm going to either stain it and clear it or go crazy and pick out something at House of Kolor and paint it. The downside to painting it is that I'll turn off the vintage guys that want a kit in original form. =/
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I wish I had good pictures of mine to post here soon, I have a black slingerland built in Niles, Illinois early 70's, 5-ply 2 thick and 3 very thin(2)outside finish (1)in the middle but i think they called it the 2 big ply or something made for heavy sound with perfect resonance and wide deep tone.It was custom made on order by my dad when he was a music student back in the 70's. I can say that i would never exange that drum its the best drum sound to me that and good old ludwigs, they have personnaily you can recognize there sound and they are warm, controlled, but also precise and bright, very versatile and sensitive but very loud and heavy. Its now 5 pieces, 13"-14"toms, 16"-18" floor toms, 24" kick, I use only the 14" with the rest for heavy music and when i play more acoustic or jazzy stuff i drop the 18"-14" tom and floor to play just the lil 13" with the 16".I'll try to get pictures of it. Nice natural finish on yours by the way.


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Looks fine, as is. Nice players kit. I'm workin' on some "Big R" shells right now.
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What's so bad about the bearing edges (if it is bad)?

Sorry, I'm just trying to understand the anatomy of drums a little better.
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