Thought I landed myself a '60s Slingy 5 piece... but...

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It's all Slingerland. It is a mixed kit with some modifications and that's okay.

Bass drum is early '64. Rail mount is original and 70's set-o-matic was added later. Serial around 30xxx's would be expected.

12" tom is later 60's with badge, beige interior and large knob tone control. Set-o-matic may or may not be original to this drum. Serial at or over 150xxx would be expected.

13" tom is '61 or earlier with mahogany interior and two pad muffler. '56 is most likely with the bottle nose (fillister) lug screws and large washers. Set-o-matic mount is a later add on.

16" floor tom appears to be '64. No badge is correct as are the hex head push buttons on leg mounts.
 
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You Dont Stop: You bought a great set that any retro drummer would be proud to own!!

Gotta say, if it were mine, I'd reinstall the rail consolette (easy), remove the set-o-matic holder. put chrome bolts in the 4 holes, and use the 13 inch tom. But thats just me.

Enjoy it! Great looking set!
 

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You Dont Stop: You bought a great set that any retro drummer would be proud to own!!

Gotta say, if it were mine, I'd reinstall the rail consolette (easy), remove the set-o-matic holder. put chrome bolts in the 4 holes, and use the 13 inch tom. But thats just me.

Enjoy it! Great looking set!
The bass drum would be left with 4 small holes and one big one...
It would look neater to remove the rail.
 

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Those appear to be the real deal . At one time people would keep their drums longer and upgrade hardware as the manufacturer offered new fittings .

Good score !!
 

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I'd remove the remains of the rail and fill the two holes with some chrome carriage bolts. Then get a single set-o-matic arm and use just one of the small toms.
 

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& You Dont Stop

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This is getting kinda nuts! I bought the kit on Monday and on Thursday the original owner’s widow calls and said we found some more pieces we think go with the set: a stool and a mount. I was like “uhh... yep... I’ll come get them”
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THEN earlier today she called saying she found a 14” and 15” drum that appear to be Slingerland. I probably won’t see them until Monday to confirm but, I’m pissin my pants a little!
 

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This is getting kinda nuts! I bought the kit on Monday and on Thursday the original owner’s widow calls and said we found some more pieces we think go with the set: a stool and a mount. I was like “uhh... yep... I’ll come get them”
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THEN earlier today she called saying she found a 14” and 15” drum that appear to be Slingerland. I probably won’t see them until Monday to confirm but, I’m pissin my pants a little!
AND there is your single Set-O-Matic bass drum tom mount that we discussed earlier. Use that with one rack tom.
Stretch
 

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Yes but unlike drum companies of today Slingerland just made one type of shell that was used for everything (as did Ludwig, Gretsch, etc. at that time). It's just been in the last 20-30 years that drum makers diversified into making different lines with distinct builds for different price points.
 

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Yes but unlike drum companies of today Slingerland just made one type of shell that was used for everything (as did Ludwig, Gretsch, etc. at that time). It's just been in the last 20-30 years that drum makers diversified into making different lines with distinct builds for different price points.
I was just answering his question.
He has Sound Kings doesn’t he ?
 


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