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Slingerland snare worth it?

ludwig402

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Hey guys,
I got this Slingerland snare as part of a project kit I'm currently working on.

It's a Chicago era, smooth shell COB, 8 lugs, missing the 3 point strainer but has the cage(?), drilled for a P83 (2 extra holes), no original wires, and is out of round primarily on the reso side.

Picked up a set of Remo Classic fit heads and the batter is fine. The reso is still tight but I was able to
get it on to show the roundness of the shell in the pictures below.

Demon Drums in NJ says they can fix the roundness issue and wants $100 to do the job (Precision doesn't do this work).

I don't plan on keeping the snare, but if I can break even, I'm good.

Is it worth it?
 

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atomicmorganic

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I would just put a bar clamp across the widest spot and SLOWLY tighten it until the shell was in round again. Put the clamp near the reso edge so as not to bend the whole shell. Probably what the $100 guy would do.
 

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100 is a bit steep for that repair , IMO
You could check around a few auto body shops or metal fab shops, maybe find a guy to straighten it in his off hours for a few bucks.
 

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Thanks guys. I thought $100 was a bit steep as well.

I'm good at detailing and wood filling, but something tells me I would make a mess of this if I were to fool with clamps and ratchets. Especially since I'm geometrically challenged:)

I've got nothing into the snare so far, and if I do nothing I've got a COB paperweight.

I'm okay with spending the money and keeping the snare as long as it sounds good;

Is the sound of this drum worth $100? I know that's subjective. All my snares are metal, and I can't help thinking that
this one might sound great once I'm able to get heads on it.

Any owners care to chime in?
 


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