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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / 40's Slingerland Radio King snare??

BbendFender
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Aug 21st, 2013 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a battered 14" x 7" Radio King snare from a friend who needed some cash. He said the snare is from 1942-47 but I know little about drums. It has the aluminum "cloud badge" and what he called rare aluminum hoop hardware and antique or duco finish of blue/green - silver sort of like a sunburst finish. I don't have any pics but I will get some as soon as the battery in my camera charges. I checked eBay and saw several similar and from this era.
Can anybody tell me anything about this drum, without seeing pics?

BbendFender
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Aug 21st, 2013 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is one pic of the snare.

Slingerland Radio King snare.

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Aug 22nd, 2013 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not sure of the age of your snare but these drums sound awesome. Depending on finish nice ones seem to sell fo $400-$1000. The vintage wood snares from the quality makers of the 40s-late 60s have really skyrocketed in value. I'm a Rogers guy and keep looking for a Wood Rogers snare I can actually afford.

Your drum, in need of a complete restoration might be worth $150-200. FDP rules won't let me link another forum but a google search should bring up a Sling forum or two.

BbendFender
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Aug 22nd, 2013 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I called a local drummer friend and he came over and bought it a few min. ago. He was happy and so was I.

Hammond101
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Aug 23rd, 2013 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That didn't take long! Cool!

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Sep 30th, 2013 10:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Believe it or not, I took drum lessons in the early 1960's from a guy who taught at Mel Bay Music Store in Kirkwood Mo. He had that same color Slingerland kit for us students to use when we came in for lessons. Of course, i was a snot nosed 10 year old kid at the time, and thought those drums were just crap. The kick drum must have been at least 28" or so? Man, now I wish I would have had the money to make him an offer. That old kit was in very good condition. Glad to hear that you made out ok with the snare!

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