Radio King floor Tom, maple interior? Any ideas?

SeanBonham

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Found a pretty good matching floor tom for my 30’s Radio King kit. Got some good photos. Looks to be in good condition, but I’ve never seen one with a maple interior. Always seen mahogany interiors on them. Does this look correct?
 

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With those wide re-rings, it looks legit to me. Back then, they may have just grabbed a maple sheet when throwing the ply's into the shell mold. May have been a late Friday or Monday morning, who knows.
Looks like a nice floor tom to me.
Steve
 

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I agree with you both. Weird! I have one some where that the mahogany is lighter than normal but I agree that looks like maple to me too.
 

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Single RK floor toms from the 30's and 40's don't last long. I've been on the lookout for one and if you delay just a bit....they're gone. A lot of kits out there are "missing" a floor tom or never came with one. Interesting cracked lug on that one.
 

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Single RK floor toms from the 30's and 40's don't last long. I've been on the lookout for one and if you delay just a bit....they're gone. A lot of kits out there are "missing" a floor tom or never came with one. Interesting cracked lug on that one.
Early RK lugs tended to do that under the right conditions. I have a 13" and a 16" floor tom with the pre beavertail lugs that I picked up at a garage sale for $12 in the 80's and all of the lugs on the 16" were cracked like that and a couple on the 13" had similar cracking. The pot metal that they used on those early was not very good and was very brittle. I think exposure to moisture would cause them to deteriorate and crack.
 


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