I bought with the understanding that my questions were truthfully answered, which was #1 about the finish, and #2 about original hardware. I did not know the T-rods were not original until after the purchase, but before they were shipped to me. I was told he has seen them on Radio Kings before. But that point is moot. I would have still purchased the drums with those t-rods... but everything else on top of that just brings a sour taste, especially the refinish. I feel like I've been duped, and I have been.
I've NEVER seen such rods a Radio King drum since I've been tracking them. You could ask Maxwell's to show you a Slingerland RK bass drum they've sold in the past on Reverb with
T rods like that. Mark Cooper in his Slingerland articles never mentions such rods as options for Slingerlands. I'm curious about those rods and admit I haven't seen it all. So I posed the question to the guru's on the Slingerland FB site to see what they say. Brooks Tegler and Mark Cooper say they had never seen such T-rods on a Slingerland drum before. But Adam Kozie did mention they've seen those rods several times before and even offered a photo of a cloud badge, single tension, marching snare drum which had them. So far no one can explain where they were made and why they don't appear far more often on drum products of that era.....at least not in the USA.
To JDA's question on the 16 floor tom......it looks questionable to me. Would want to see better photos.....especially with some lugs off to get more info. The photos and description provided by Maxwell's
were lacking. For a kit "priced" at $2000......that was far too little information on the flaws.