Slingerland is a drum manufacturer originally based out of Chicago, Ill. The drum brand was famously played by Buddy Rich, who's still considered one of the greatest drummers of all time. Clues to be used in dating a Slingerland drum can be found all around the drum and can help you occasionally home in on an exact date of the drum.
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The lack of accurate serial recording and large overlaps and reissues of shell veneers and labels can make dating the drums slightly more difficult than other drum brands. Take a look at the badge on the drum. The drum badge is one of the easiest ways to accurately date a Slingerland drum.
The shape of the badge is a great identifier. FromSlingerland used metal badges with a more floral shape.
In they switched to round badges in solid metal colors. From on the company began using the oval badge with a black background that you still see on Slingerlands today. Date your Slingerland drum by identifying the veneer of the drum. The veneer is the exterior covering used to protect and color the drum.
Slingerland experimented with veneers more than any other company. They have a much larger range of coverings for their drums than almost any other company and many veneers from different years are extremely similar. The veneers were also reissued occasionally and can make dating a Slingerland drum difficult. The best way to date a drum by veneer is to find a veneer guide online, such as the Slingerland finish guide on www.
These photos, together with the shape of a badge, can help you narrow your date down considerably. Look at the bottom of your badge and note where the drum was manufactured. Slingerland drum company manufactured drums at many different locations throughout the years.
For example, from their drums were manufactured in Chicago.
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From they were manufactured in Slingerland, Ill. Check drums that show Slingerland drums. Copies of original Slingerland that show the drums in their original condition and note the dates they were sold can easily be found and purchased online.
This is an accurate way to compare and date Slingerland drums. Joshua Kinser began writing professionally in Share It. Warnings: Be cautious when buying vintage drums. Many drums that are not manufactured by the Slingerland Company are refurbished to dating like vintage Slingerlands and sold at unjustifiably inflated prices.