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Slingerland SD14 Spirit Series Snare Drum

Description:
- Steel Shell
- 6 1/2 x 14
- Steel Hoops
 
Comments:

Between 1990-1994, Slingerland was distributed by HSS (Hohner).

There were 3 different series, the Spirit series,the Artist series, and the Lite series. The Artist and the Spirit series were made offshore, while the Lite series were all maple drums made by Jasper Wood Products in Indiana.


This snare drum is from the Spirit Series. This drum is new old stock. It's never been tuned, much less played.

 

Slingerland Radio King

Description:
- Solid Brass Shell
- 5 1/2 x 14
- Early 60's
 
Comments:

The Radio King snare drum has been a staple of the Slingerland company for years. This particular model has a solid brass shell with brass hoops to boot. The model was advertised as “the drum with the solid brass hoop with no sound distorting center bead.”

This was a not so subtle dig at the competition, which was the Ludwig Super 400 which did have a center bead through the shell. Unfortunately for Slingerland, the Ludwig 400 reached a higher level of popularity and this model has languished on the vintage market.

$575.00 (free shipping in the USA)
International customers, please contact for shipping rates.

 

Slingerland Two-To-One "Spitfire" Snare Drum

Description:
- Chrome wrap over a wood shell
- 5 1/2 x 14
- Late 70's
 
Comments:

This particular model was offered, as far as I can tell, for only one year - 1979. It's unique feature of having 12 lugs for the top head and 6 for the bottom was not a success.

There was a Buddy Rich model, but only in the 4 x 14 size. It also had the TDR strainer rather than the more common zoomatic strainer.

$500.00 (free shipping in the USA)
International customers, please contact for shipping rates.

 

Slingerland Super Sound King

Description:
- Solid Brass Shell
- 5 x 14
- Brass Stick Saver Hoops
 
Comments:

The Super Sound King was Slingerland's attempt to make "the most responsive snare drum in the world."

The drum made it's first appearance in 1967 and stayed in their catalog until 1976. It was the only Slingerland Snare drum to use the Dual Super Snare Strainer.

This two strainer lay out allowed the drummer to adjust either side of the snare wires separately. One knob was used to adjust the tension of the snare wires.

This drum was Slingerland's answer to the Ludwig Super Sensitive, the Camco Super 99, and the Rogers Dynasonic Snare Drum.

 
$550.00 (free shipping in the USA)
International customers, please contact for shipping rates.

 

Gene Krupa Sound King

Description:
- Brass Shell
- Brass Hoops
- 5 1/2 x 14
 
Comments:

This was the last Slingerland Snare Drum to bear the Gene Krupa name. The model was made between 1963 and 1977 and in 1976 the Gene Krupa nameplate was dropped.


This is a unique drum because it's new old stock. It has never been tuned, much less played. It has been sitting in a music shop in southern Illinois for some 40 years until I came across it.

 

Slingerland Super Radio King

Description:
- Gene Krupa Model
- 5 1/2 x 14 Silver Sparkle wrap
- Early 60's
 
Comments:

The solid steam bent maple shell of this drum was the state of the art in drum manufacturing at the time. Unfortunately, the lever on the famous "Clamshell Strainer" was not very sturdy and cracked under stress.


Nevertheless, this is a marvelous sounding drum and an excellent example of the golden age of the American Drum Company.

 

Slingerland Artist Model

Description:
- Solid Maple Shell
- 5 1/2 x 14
 
Comments:

This model was the flagship wood snare for the Slingerland Drum Company during the 1960's and 70's. It has a solid maple shell and comes with a zoomatic strainer, which replaced the old clam shell strainer from earlier times. The drum also has brass stick saver hoops as standard.

When Buddy Rich became a Slingerland endorser in the 60's, this drum was referred to as the Buddy Rich Artist model. The drum is wrapped in the very beautiful Blue Agate Pearl finish. This finish was quite popular and a number of kits and snare drums were sold in this wrap.

 

Slingerland Super Gene Krupa Radio King

Description:
- White Marine Pearl
- 5 1/2 x 14 White Marine Pearl
- Early 60's
 
Comments:

This drum has a solid maple shell and comes with the famous super strainer, also known as the "Clamshell strainer". The extension levers on these snare strainers tended to crack very easily.

 

 

Slingerland Hollywood Ace Radio King

Description:
- Swing Model
- 7 x 14 White Marine Pearl
- Late 30's
 
Comments:

This drum has the brass oval badge that was on all Slingerland drums from 1928 until the early 1940's. It also has the famous Radio King strainer.

This drum was available with a choice of chrome or nickel plating and it came in two sizes, 7 x 14 or 8 x 14. The one piece steam bent shell was the gold standard for the wood shell of the time.

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