Are these 70's natural finish Slingerland drums salvageable?

Fullerton 9/72

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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.



What do y'all think?
 

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If I recall correctly, those special veneers from 79/80 are known to be super thin, so be careful in a refinish if you get them. They will be beautiful for sure!
 

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Except for the finish, no permanent monkey business like extra holes etc .

" Stout "( heh heh ) plies stay round

500 minus shipping may be a good negotiation .
 

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No claws or tension rods, no spurs or legs, 3 extra holes, a missing sticksaver, and a painted then poorly stripped finish...I would definitely agree that it is priced high.
A similar kit with an extra tom and everything but the original double tom holder has been sitting on CL and FB Marketplace in my area at $425 for a long while. I know ebay is a different animal, but still...
 

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She looks too far gone. I'm gonna pass, even if it was offered at a lower price. I'm only interested in that 18" shell anyway, if it actually is rosewood, and I'm thinking it may not be. But they would need a thorough sanding to get all that aqua tint out, and those veneers are just too thin. Pity, she must have been just lovely new.
 

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For sure salvageable. However, the bearing edges don't look great. No problem refinishing the outside (and I am an amateur hack weekend "refinisher"). I don't have the tools to redo bearing edges, though. And I agree that $500 is a silly high price. Maybe $200 or up to $300 if they are much better in person, and you **REALLY** want these exact drums (????).....for $600, you can find a better Slingy kit that's complete & likely in better shape.
 

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That doesn't look like an original finish. That is not a finish ply. They look like they had once been wrapped then were stripped. If one looks closely at the badges they seem loose. Slingerland "mahogany" finish drums actually had a maple veneer that was stained brown. This is mahogany, but it's the outer ply that was used on wrapped drums because mahogany is very porous and therefore holds glue well.

Agree with the others that this is WAY overpriced - especially for five-ply drums that are missing upwards of $200 in parts.
 

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The seller has since parted them out, and somebody bought the 18" for $250. That FT looked like it had the rare, albeit abused, rosewood veneer. The grain looks suspiciously like my rosewood kit's. I hope the buyer is one of us, and can share any discoveries with us.
 


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