Slingerland Vent Holes?

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Was there reasoning behind Slingerland drilling vent holes on some drums and not on others? Was it on purpose? Was it an option?

Just wondering about my 12" Stage Band tom...
 

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They just didn't bother putting vents or badges on toms for a few years. Only on bass drums and snare drums. If I remember right they stopped putting badges on toms sometime in the 50's and then resumed doing so in the mid/late 60s.

Gretsch RB toms didn't have vent holes either although they did have (tacked on) badges.
 

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They just didn't bother putting vents or badges on toms for a few years. Only on bass drums and snare drums. If I remember right they stopped putting badges on toms sometime in the 50's and then resumed doing so in the mid/late 60s.

Gretsch RB toms didn't have vent holes either although they did have (tacked on) badges.
I don't think they ever put vent holes and badges on the toms until the mid '60s.
 

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And when they did they put it off to the side on the 12"
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Drove me crazy(not hard to do) so I had precision put a new one in and cover the old one.
Worth every penny (to me anyway)

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The positioning of the badges varied ... seems like, with what they had for lunch. I've had quite a few Slingerland kits flow through here and I measured the badge locations when asked about it about ten years ago. I think at the time I had quite a few kits from the 60s through the late 70s - all three ply. The badge locations were all over the place. Some high. Some low. Some on this panel. Some on that. It was wild. So, if you get a tom with a badge in a location you don't like ... trust me, there's another matching tom with the badge in the "correct to you" spot. One of those odd quirky vintage drum things, I guess.
 

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There seems to have been a short time period in the early '70s where they mounted the badge high up like that,
+1 with Rich K. "Late '71-early '72, mostly '72" per Slingerland historian Dr. Wenk. Also, "No badges on toms till June '66". While it may seem that badges were positioned randomly, I believe there are rules, we just don't fully understand them.
 
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Oddly I have a 1969 stamped 14x14 Stage Band shell that was never drilled for a badge. Always wondered if that was a Friday afternoon drum.
 

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Oddly I have a 1969 stamped 14x14 Stage Band shell that was never drilled for a badge. Always wondered if that was a Friday afternoon drum.
“Screw that, it’s Friday. I’m going to happy hour. It’s one tom. No badge, no biggie.” But 50 years later on the internet...
 

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My 40s Slingerland's don't have badges or vents on the toms, it's just the kick with a big aluminium cloud badge.
 

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My Slingerland '65 Kit has no badges and no vents on the toms. Bass drums hasa badge and vent. I also have a '76 Slingerland which has badges all around
 

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There seems to have been a short time period in the early '70s where they mounted the badge high up like that,
Definitely! The first time I saw a kit on eBay with these high-mounted badges, I thought they were fake. Little did I know that there was a very short time in the 70's when Slingerland put them up high. Who knows why?!!! Just to be different I guess!

-Mark
 

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Oddly I have a 1969 stamped 14x14 Stage Band shell that was never drilled for a badge. Always wondered if that was a Friday afternoon drum.
Would like to see a picture of that if possible. I don't think I've ever seen a Slingerland with a date stamp that late.
 

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Yes, please post a picture of that date stamp and shell.
 

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Has anybody ever added vent holes to a 12"? Does it change the sound or feel all that much? I have an extra badge laying around that I could grommet on there...
 

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I recently acquired this 1965 Slingerland Modern Solo 2R set. No badges/air vents on the 12" rack toms and 16" floor tom. Would the addition of an air vent change the sound? Possibly, but I'd really need to do an A/B miked comparison to know for sure. I'm just going to leave the toms as-is, though.

-Mark
 

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Would like to see a picture of that if possible. I don't think I've ever seen a Slingerland with a date stamp that late.
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Was badly rewrapped when I got it. Had the remnants of Satin Flame under the bad wrap.
 


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