They were created as a second tier line. But, they were every bit of the same quality of the Slingerlands. However, the Leedys had more panache with those beautiful deco lugs. I look at the Slingerland vs SlingerLeedy comparison as a drum version of the Oldsmobile vs Pontiac comparison. There was much redundancy with two great product lines under the same corporate umbrella, and now both lines are history.
I had a 4-piece set of Sleedylands...In that GORGEOUS Red Sparkle. (22, 14,12, Leedy Chrome 3-Stripe Snare....) My cousin borrowed them just long enough to get them stolen. I have Natural Maple 3-Ply Slings now, but sure miss those Leedys. Hope to replace/find them some day. J-DWith all things being equal which should/would be worth more, a Slingerland kit or a Leedy by Slingerland?