It occured to me while wandering around the last Chicago show (although I'm just now getting around to writing it up) that it would be very possible to recreate the classic Slingerland drums of yore if someone could just gather together all the various pieces. The lugs are readily available and Maxwell has recreated the tom holders and leg mounts. There is even a company producing shells using the original molds and equipment. The stick saver hoops are out there, well a bit different but probably close enough or else it shouldn't be too hard to get one of the overseas hardware manufacturers to recreate them more closely. Most of the critical metal parts are already out there and readily available. It would take much less capital investment to get things rolling than the recent resurrection of Rogers must have involved.
Really the main sticking point is the name and trademark which has been tied up by Gibson for the past quarter century with mixed results (early on some spectacularly made drums with poor distribution and hyper pricing coupled with some cheap, but not terrible, imports and for the past decade or so nothing much at all). Now perhaps Gibson's reported economic downturn might dislodge that fabled brand name (hope springs eternal) and maybe if it fell into the right hands (probably the guy who has the shell equipment would be the best candidate) maybe Slingerland could rise again.
Now, whether there would be a market for such drums is hard to determine but it does seem that the new Rogers stuff has garnered a fair amount of interest.
Just thinking out loud here...based on the fact that so much of what made for Slingerland's identity has become available again and it wouldn't be all that difficult to build up retro styled Slingy sets if all the pieces fell into place. I know you can pretty much do this already in all but the name on the badge...but wouldn't it be cool if that could be fixed as well.
Or has it been too long since Slingerland's demise? Attempts to resurrect Leedy haven't gained much traction (not sure how hard they've actually tried there). But then look at Rogers, and even Gretsch, which was pretty much on life support prior to the turn of the last century but then came roaring back to the forefront after they signed their distribution deal with Kaman.