Slingerland Resto-Mod Finished!!

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Dec 1, 1964
Nov, 1965
August, 1966

So, these are stamp dates. The 15" x 12" floor tom (which used to be a snare), was stamped in '64. The 22" x 14" bass drum in '65, and the 13" x 9" tom was stamped in '66. The bass is was had satin yellow flame wrap (and for my own tastes, that is THE WORST wrap ever). I tossed that wrap immediately. The toms, wow. The 13" tom was wrapped in black pearl, and it was in basic perfect condition. I know. Remove impeccable wrap? The drum had ALL of it's hardware, and it didn't cost me much more than $150. I thought it was a really good deal. It had a mount and muffler which I don't plan on installing. I did NOT damage the shell, much. I did use a bit of Plastic Wood. The 15" was a complete different story. I seriously considered tossing it. I used a heat gun, on both toms in order to remove the wrap. TWO HOURS EACH. HOLY Begeebees. When I was finished pulling the wrap on the 15, I had lost a considerable amount of the outer ply. No. . .no pics. It was embarassing. As I said, a ton of heat. I used a METAL scraper. . . .bad bad bad bad. . . .It didn't matter how much heat I was using. The scraper was finding it's way into the outer ply. I used a Lot of Plastic Wood on the 15. I mean wow. Slingerland must have used 3 cups of glue on that drum. UNREAL. Then, it dried in the sun for decades. If I bear-hugged it, I would have crushed it prior to applying the plastic wood.

All original 13". The bass drum claws are the ONLY original piece on that drum besides the shell. The 15" is completely non-original. I did buy "replica" lugs at DrumFactoryDirect. 2.3mm TF hoops, and all maple lacquered hoops on the bass. DW hoop claws. I really dig them. iNDE Drum Labs 18" lightweight cymbal arm with a BR2XL in order to fit the existing holes that were already there for a cymbal arm. And the ugly misshapen felt strip! I have no idea how much a felt strip from a "music store" or drum co. costs---I simply decided to buy felt and cut strips myself. I'm sure I saved $25??

That's an authentic Slingerland snare stand from the 70s. VERY solid, I was happily surprised. I also heard or saw in a couple videos, that the old style snare stands, if sturdy enough, tend to let the tom resonate more?? I just don't want it to fall of, ya know?!~

Oh. . .G12 heads atop the toms, Evans Genera Resos beneath. That is a 10mil DFD coated single ply. The decal stuck nicely. I was worried. And an Aquarian Studio-X with dot.

ENJOY! I AM

Oh. . .please ignore my backgrounds. I tried to get all of the "junk" out of the pics.


That's Copper Sparkle from Jammin' Sam's



 

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WOW! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I hope you are very proud of that job because I know we are! Super job all around and now I hope you enjoy for many years to come!!

Love the claws, they look great on this build. Out of pure curiosity, Why did you go with the older Streamline repro lug for the kick as opposed to the keeping the uniform look of using the matching Sound King lugs?
 
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Those look great! In terms of using an old snare drum stand, they do indeed allow the tom to resonate more, but you may want to consider using a model that creates more of a "basket" for the tom to sit in so there is less change of it falling off, especially when tilted a little (the image below is just a random one from the internet as an example).
 

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WOW! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I hope you are very proud of that job because I know we are! Super job all around and now I hope you enjoy for many years to come!!

Love the claws, they look great on this build. Out of pure curiosity, Why did you go with the older Streamline repro lug for the kick as opposed to the keeping the uniform look of using the matching Sound King lugs?
Well, I will honestly say, I looked at both many many times. But more importantly, I ended buying the beavertail replicas way before I had purchased the 13. They caught my eye. Then I bought the 13 much later. So, it wasn't entirely planned to match? If that makes sense. I bought the bass shell during summer. Didn't buy anything else for months. If I had put 10 minutes of thought into a finished product, I honestly would have matched them all up. But, I really like those particular bass lugs. If I go OCD on it now that you've mentioned it :banghead: j/k lol, then I can replace them for about $40.



Those look great! In terms of using an old snare drum stand, they do indeed allow the tom to resonate more, but you may want to consider using a model that creates more of a "basket" for the tom to sit in so there is less change of it falling off, especially when tilted a little (the image below is just a random one from the internet as an example).
I will definitely keep that in mind! Some of those vintage stands are so darn pricey. I feel like I got a great deal on a 40+year old stand that feels Really solid. I was being relatively frugal I guess.
 

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Nice looking wrap. Looks like you used a 'repro' badge on the BD.
 

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Well, I will honestly say, I looked at both many many times. But more importantly, I ended buying the beavertail replicas way before I had purchased the 13. They caught my eye. Then I bought the 13 much later. So, it wasn't entirely planned to match? If that makes sense. I bought the bass shell during summer. Didn't buy anything else for months. If I had put 10 minutes of thought into a finished product, I honestly would have matched them all up. But, I really like those particular bass lugs. If I go OCD on it now that you've mentioned it :banghead: j/k lol, then I can replace them for about $40.
Well, that makes perfect sense and dont let me get in your head at all... I think they look great together and at least are both Slingerland lugs... everything just looks so classy... congrats again!
 

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Excellent! That copper sparkle is sublime...especially with the natural hoops! Well done!
 

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Well, that makes perfect sense and dont let me get in your head at all... I think they look great together and at least are both Slingerland lugs... everything just looks so classy... congrats again!
No no, that's mostly a joke. Thank you


Excellent! That copper sparkle is sublime...especially with the natural hoops! Well done!
Jammin' Sam's only had one pic available. And for some reason, I completely brain-farted using Google images until he told me too. I was having trouble making a final decision. I nearly spent the extra 80 bucks on Champagne sparkle. SO glad I didn't. It really does look spectacular. I never use that word. I was worried for a moment when I had the first hoop on. It looked too light, not enough contrast. But when it was complete, I had no doubt I made the right choice.

Thanks!
 


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