Slingerland Bearing edges

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Are the bearing edges on a 60’s-70’s Slinglerland kit the same as the 60’s-70’s Ludwig kits? I have a 67 Ludwig and looking st getting the agar slinglerland kit. Not sure about Slingerland kits. Thanks in advance
 

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Actually, the bearing edge of the 60s Slingerlands are not the same as the 70s Slingerlands ... not even considering the Ludwigs.
Which edges are you speaking of?
60s Slingerlands are more rounded.
70s Slingerlands are more sharp.
 

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I believe the ones im looking at are an early 70’s kit. I should have been more clear in my post. I’m aware of the difference in 60’s and 70’s bearing edges just wanted to see if they were similar to the Ludwig’s in those years.
 

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Longer answer - Slingerland bearing edges are in most cases better than Ludwig in 60's (30 degree, rounded) or 70's (45 degree sharp)
 

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Does the Slingy kit you are looking at have reinforcement rings? If so, the edges are the classic fat "baseball bat" edges - a large rolled over edge from the R. Ring to the edge. Mid 70's Slingys were 5 plies, no R. rings, and more of a sharper edge.
 

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Well ... not entirely.
Slingerland 3 ply edges changed around the late 60s and early 70s. They changed again in the later 70s. These are all 3 ply buildouts.
You should be able to see clearly the increase in sharpness as the years tick on.


Three Slingerland 13 inch toms. 1968, 1971, 1979

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The 68 next to the 79 with the 71 behind


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Mc, thanks! I was thinking more 69/71 as early. I was surprised to see a '79 with R. rings, though........my mid 70's has no R. rings......just 5 plies and a sharp edge.
 

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Awesome. Thanks for the pics. The kit I was looking at got swiped up before i could arrange funds to get it.
 

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If you look closely, you can see the “thinning” of the edge as you progress through the years. The 79 is thinner than the 71 which is thinner than the 68. By this logic, a 1943 tom should be nothing more than a small chunk of a log?

Mid 70s or so, Slingerland shifted to 5ply standard and 3ply special order. They made quite a few 3ply kits during those years, but by 79, those numbers had dwindled to a trickle ... from what I’ve read. Considering most of the records were lost or destroyed, I may be talking out the side of my mouth. The books hold those facts and I just trust what they are saying ... I keep saying, “gotta trust the books”.
 

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