Slingerland RK 7.5x14

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Woah woah woah put down the dang drill now and think this through. You've put in too much work to screw this up by modifying the shell. Original finish is one thing, but extra holes is a WHOLE other class of no-no's.
Relax relax, I’m not in a hurry to drill anything. But it does beg the question - would that really be screwing it up? Personally, I don’t think there’s any chance this shell has collector’s value. You could even argue that I’d be adding value (even with a hole) by making it playable and reliable.

Anyways, here’s a pic of how far it would need to be off of the shell @JDA

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New plan: no drill, everyone’s happy. I mounted the Inde flat against the shell using the bottom bolt through the shell, and ran a strap of brass flat stock from the top two bolts over the mounting arm of the strainer. Seems solid enough and took way less time than making a spacer to go underneath.

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Well, it looks great, but as soon as I attached the wires, I ran into an issue. I haven’t tried all that hard to resolve it, but the dip in the head at the beds is causing the end plates to pull down and bow the wires away from the head even at low tension. It goes from way too loose to no snare engagement at all. Currently have puresound 30 strand installed, but have some 42 strand in reserve in case that would help. This problem doesn’t manifest on my Gretsch snare with deep beds...maybe it’s the shape of the end plates? Any thoughts?
 

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I'm surprised you didn't use the Gibraltar 3 pt throw off ($23) as it's a fairly close fit to the top 2 original holes. You don't even need the lower 3rd hole for support.
I've since found a vintage 3 pt for mine so now the snare chord drops straight down to the bracket. You can find nice original dual felt muffler assemblies fully complete for around $25-$35.


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@Tama CW I haven’t found brackets for it yet, but the “Jamo special” modified versions I’ve seen of this drum apparently work just fine without them. The strainer choice was more about getting the Inde butt plate that would have the ability to line up with the original bracket holes on the other side. It’s not that much more expensive for the Inde kit, which is much nicer IMO.
 

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So sorry you’re not happy with the way it turned out, I’ll just have to take it off your hands!
 

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I'm surprised you didn't use the Gibraltar 3 pt throw off ($23) as it's a fairly close fit to the top 2 original holes. You don't even need the lower 3rd hole for support.
I've since found a vintage 3 pt for mine so now the snare chord drops straight down to the bracket. You can find nice original dual felt muffler assemblies fully complete for around $25-$35.


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Hey, CW. My '53 RK has a full extra quarter inch of depth, 5.75" rather than 5.5". The OP's RK is half an inch deeper than advertised. What is the depth on yours?
 

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Mine is 5.5". I don't recall if it might be a fraction bigger though. It's not 5.75" though. When I shift from my Supra to the RK I always have to lower my stand a bit.

If you go on the "Slingerland Sets and Snare Drums" FB site, you can probably find those brackets. I recall a guy with a hoard on NOS ones earlier this year. He had dozens of them I think.
They don't add all that much (if any) to the sound of the drum. According to posts I've read, Gene Krupa would sometimes remove them from his drums.
 


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