I remember a few months, or it may well have been years, ago there was a discussion on here about the value of brands and I raised Stone Custom Drums in that thread. A man with a passion for a drum company who bought the actual moulds and tools who has taken all of the detail that fans of the original recognise and updated the package for the 21st Century without throwing the baby out with the bath water versus a business arrangement where someone buys the name and attaches that to the display head. In fairness to DW I doubt they’ll do just that and I’m sure they’ll make a financial success of it, the point I made all that time ago is that there are once great names from the past being attached to mass produced kits with no link or commonalities to the original.
I get that. I'm more concerned that the overall esthetic will be lost also. I mean, I can put a Slingerland reso on a Pearl kit, and by lugs alone you can tell it's wrong. And visa-versa. I just hope the overall look remains correct. And I won't be buying one. My next Slingy kit will have a Niles badge. It may be a long time out, but that's what I had and fell in love with. Until then, I'm sticking with Pearl.It WILL BE another DW product. There hasn't been a real Slingerland around for a long time. It's only a name and a brand. Nothing more. You could buy the name and make Slingerland toaster ovens or Slingerland cars. They'd have as much relevance as modern Slingerland drums.
I'm sorry, maybe in the minority but I'm not a fan of DW for a variety of reasons. Now they own two of the three "classic" American brands? Yuck!
While I'm happy they will be making a comeback, it's painful to seen them with DW.