Vintage Slingerland Restoration? Or Fuggetaboutit?

Philly James

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Backstory: This drum kit has a special meaning to me. They were Dad’s drums, and he stopped playing them before he went in the Navy. They were in Grandma’s attic for a long time. We would visit her, or else I’d get dropped off there, and one day I wandered up to the attic and found these drums. I got permission to play them, so that’s what I did every time we visited her.
I was about 7 years old, and this was my first experience with a
musical instrument. I have great memories of going up there and pounding away on those drums.

When my Grandma moved to an apartment in the early 1980s, Dad asked me if I wanted the drums. I didn’t even hesitate. They have stayed with me somehow, through all of the attics or closets of places I have lived.
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Why did I wait this long? I don’t know if I have an answer for that. I had good intentions about ten years ago, and I made some inquiries, but that kind of faded out.
 
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The *snare at least.....
let's get a look at that.
let's go what are you waiting for ; )
brush off the **cymbals. Any Zildjian in there..
let's go get a move on (lol kidding...

what the_ is that snare..
don't tell me/ show pictures/
is it wood or metal or both..
 

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It’s a Leedy, and it’s stamped 3611 which someone told me stands for November 1936. The kit is in the attic and the lighting isn’t that great, but I can get better pics if needed.

I couldn’t find any name on any cymbals.....yet.
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I’ll take care of that when I get home.
(The measurements of the snare).
 
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At the very MINIMUM, they deserve to be cleaned up! The sentimental value alone would have me wanting to do a rehab/restoration/refurbish on them!

-Mark
I agree with you there, but I’m pretty much clueless on how to go about it. That’s why I joined this forum to get help from the experts.

I guess I’ll start with the cymbals. What is the best cleaner for them?
 

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You gotta do it, for Dad.....or sell them. Leedy looks like a 4x14?
Dad’s still around, and he’s 87. Yeah, I’m sure he would get a good kick out of seeing them restored. I must work fast though. I recently asked him where he purchased them, and he wasn’t exactly sure. He gave two possibilities. His dementia is starting to take hold.
 
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Another important question I have, and maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here: The snare is a Leedy. Do I seek out a period correct Slingerland snare, or restore the Leedy?

Important question #2: is the tom definitely a Slingy? It has no badge, but the hardware matches the bass drum.

Important question #3: I feel like something is missing. Possibly a bass drum mounted tom, and perhaps a large ride cymbal? I have a truckload of questions.

Important question #4: I’m missing a kick pedal for the bass drum. How hard will it be to find a period correct one?

Important question #5: I hate the color. It’s this battleship gray that looks like someone painted it on with a brush. That’s definitely got to go, so I will need to find out if period-correct wraps are available, and if there will be prep work involved, etc.
 
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As for cymbals, use soap and warm water and a t-shirt for now. Some of us like old cymbals with patina if you choose to sell them.

For the drums, take them apart, and use a barely damp t-shirt dipped in warm water. Make sure you have a towel nearby to dry them off ASAP.....don't leave them wet. And do not remove any date stamps or labels (or get them wet!). If you can't get items off (ie: bottom of tom head is tacked on), just forget it.......

The bass/tom look to be Slingerland Radio Kings.......forget about the parts for now. And don't mess up that bass drum head/painting - that could be mounted on a wall!

Basically, just a basic simple clean up for now - and some before and after pics will be very cool.......
and long live Dad!
 

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for who..
keep the snare sell the rest to the music store down the street Philly Joe played a Leedy


The snare is the Keeper $
unless you want to restore that bass
Hmmm! Interesting response! I know I’m going to get confused here with all your different ideas and suggestions. I think that’s why I gave up on this project 10 years ago, because I got too many conflicting ideas.
 

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