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Vintage metal shell slingerland drum kit

costanzadrums

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Got this kit with some other drums yesterday. When I picked it up, I just assumed it was a nice rewrap, but when I took a head off the bass I saw it was actually aluminum. All three drums have the same design — probably 3m or 5m shells with welded in reinforcement rings and a welded seam on the inside. Does not look to be like a home job whatsoever. All drums are outfitted with late 50s style hardware including push button mounts.

I know I’ve seen Kent use metal shells, but has anyone else seen a shell design like this?
 

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After looking at it more, I’m pretty sure it’s a prototype. The braised rings and interior welds are the same used on the aluminum student drums of this era and the matte finish on the metal is also the same
 

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Back in the 70s my first drum set was a Ludwig stainless steel set. I kinda miss it, it did look good and tuned up easy without muffling.
And that's also when I switched from Zildjian to Paiste 2002s because the Zildjians cracked around the bells and I don't abuse or play hard, and I've never cracked a 2002. Even my 35+ years old 13 inch crash hasn't cracked yet.
 

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Not sure they are actually Slingerland shells, but those are awesome!!
I bet they sound fantastic. I'd put some clear Aquarian Reflector Gloss / Hi-Frequency clear heads on the toms & a Super Kick 3 / Regulator heads on the bass, but that is just my preference.
 

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I think they are a Slingerland protoype. The seam and 'fold over bearing edge' is identical to what Slingerland did for their aluminium shelled snares.
How do they sound? A vid clip would be awesome.
 

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I think they are a Slingerland protoype. The seam and 'fold over bearing edge' is identical to what Slingerland did for their aluminium shelled snares.
How do they sound? A vid clip would be awesome.
I was out yesterday but I’m gonna get them cleaned up and will eventually do a video
 


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