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    True Masterpiece: A One-off Innovation/Renovation Drum Co. rebuilt Slingerland Spitfire

    Background: I bought this rebuilt Slingerland Spitfire snare drum from Steve Maxwell several years ago. It belonged to a completely overhauled, white sparkle lacquer, five piece Slingerland bop set, 18,12,13,14, 14 snare. While I didn't want the kit (not my sizes), Steve accepted my offer for...
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    While I got the camera out: My '79 5.5 X14" WMP Slingerland Spitfire.

    The lighting was off, and made the finish look blotchy yellow, but there is hardly any noticeable yellowing after 41 years. The lovely blue tinge is gone, even from under the lugs. She is 5-ply. She came with gut snares, but they were ragged, so I put new wire snares on, requiring a new...
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    What year is my Black Rogers Tower snare?

    And what is she worth, as I'm thinking of selling her? I got it on eBay many years back. The original owner said that the music store added the Ludwig bat-and-ball muffler for him, a common addition, since apparently Towers didn't offer tone control knobs. 0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr 0-1 by...
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    My new, black Chicago Drums 12-lug "Spit-faux-ire"!

    It feels like 1979 at my house! A couple years ago, I had custom ordered from Chicago Drums and Restoration, a brand new new copy of the classic twelve lug Spitfire/Belleson snare drum. (They don't call it by this name, but I do.) I can tick all the boxes: 5X14, TDR strainer, tone control knob...
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    * A Nuther Price Drop * Rare version of 1979-80 Slingerland Spitfire snare drum in Natural Maple finish, $295.

    The size is 14 X 5.5". Twelve lugs! While the finish is rare, so it is too, not for what it has, but for what it doesn't have - a tone control knob. It was never factory drilled for one. Back in 1979, nearly all snares had them. I bought this on eBay about six years ago, but I don't know the...
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    Another Post Modern Jukebox cover "Really Don't Care" with vintage Rogers Drums!

    Looks like a 20, 14, 12 kit. And yes, it stars the world famous "Tambourine Guy", as well as the incomparable Morgan James! As one of the commenters says: "If you're going to be Tambourine Guy, be the best Tambourine Guy ever." I love PMJ!
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    My Rosewood Slingerland Spitfires

    I have two of these 12-lug beauties wrapped in factory rosewood: A five ply 5.5 X 14 and a 3-ply 6.5 X14, both circa 1980. I have yet to fix the small nicks in the finish (easy), but the hardware is near perfect. The finish of the 5-ply is slightly darker. 0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr 0-1 by...
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    I love when new bands play old drums! 70's Rogers Big-R's, in this case.

    In New Mahogany finish too! Pomplamoose plays "Fight Back": Pomplamoose plays "An Old French Tune" (Je Mi Suis Fait Tout Petit) , with a vintage drum mash-up, including a silver sparkle Ludwig, and Light Blue Pearl Gretsch tom.
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    Are these 70's natural finish Slingerland drums salvageable?

    Atrocity Alert! 24" virgin bass drum, with 14" and 18" toms from the late 70's. They appear to be rosewood! But somebody long ago painted them aquamarine, then changed his mind, and stripped the paint off. But you can see the how its pickled blue in places. $500...
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    These vintage Yamaha 9000 series concert toms sound amazing!

    Stumbled across this video on Youtube:
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    One Pic Wonder: What happened to this extraordinary Slingerland kit?

    The promotional black and gold Louis Bellson Explosion kit, made for the 1979 Slingerland Drum Contest! The kit of dreams ... What might it looked like in color? Scanned from Modern Drummer. What happened to it? Did anybody see it person? Any other photographs exist? Do YOU have it? 0 by...
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    My restored 1980 rosewood Slingerland 80N Buddy Rich kit

    I'm finally done. My dream kit, an eBay wreck, purchased two years ago. She is a 5-ply lacquer kit, whose finish has lightened over her forty years. She is darker under the lugs, but not as dark as the catalog implies. Enjoy! 0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr 0-3 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr 0-1...
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    A rusted out 5.5" COW Slingerland Spifire (and Magnum set)!

    Oh, the Humanity!:sad2...
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    Vintage 3-piece silver Slingy in Postmodern Jukebox video

    "Gangsta's Paradise", redone as a 1920's Al Capone style jazz cover, with the incredible Robyn Adele Anderson:
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    Slingerland TDR strainer oddities question.

    I've noticed some slingerland snare drums equipped with TDR strainers do not have the small plastic "S" badge attached to the strainer and/or the butt plate, even though there is an indent to receive them on each. Are they knock-off strainers, or just a characteristic of last-ditch eighties...
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    Has anyone owned, or even seen, a Slingerland Louis Bellson "Explosion" Kit?

    The sizes were, if I remember correctly, two 24" kicks, one 13" tom, two 16" floors, with a set of four high pitched concert toms, 6", 8", 10", and 12". Aside from the catalog, I've never actually seen one, and man, I have looked. Back in 1979, Slingerland produced a black-beauty Bellson...
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    A Slingerland finish I didn't know existed.

    "Black Cordova!" The regular "Cordova" finish was a tannish brown, but I never saw a black leatherette version before. The long scratch on the floor tom indicates that she's probably not been dyed black. That's what makes collecting Slingerland drums so great - so many different product choices...
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    Are your stained/veneered Slingerlands color-code stamped?

    Here is a pair of undated, scratched but nice 3-ply mahogany Slingerland drums, a 22" and a 16", for sale on eBay: They are clearly...
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    Interesting vintage-looking, drum-less 'trap kit' in this video ...

    ... is it a wash-board? The percussionist sure knows how to play it. The Avalon Jazz Band, performing "Ah dis, Ah Bonjour!"