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Old 11-25-2019, 04:57 PM
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Default DW Buys Slingerland Name

It was announced today that DW has purchased the Slingerland name from Gibson. The guys over at the Slingerland Facebook page are split, but most are already bemoaning this new deal, with the usual stupid responses: "They're gonna be too expensive," "DW sucks," "DW drums sound like sh**," etc. I for one, play and love my DW drums, I know the people at DW, and I'm sure they'll do the name proud.

I intend to contact my AR guy at DW to ask him what the plans are for the new Slingerland drums. I'll report back.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:43 PM
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Default Re: DW Buys Slingerland Name

I can't see this being a bad thing.

Gibson went Chapter 11, and as it emerges, it will want to get back to their guitar business and nearly everything else will be shed. They simply don't have the money to keep Slingerland going, and besides, how many people even knew Slingerland still existed under Gibson? Not many is my guess, unless your a real Slingerland guy.

DW is healthy from what I can see, they have a good reputation and I think they will do a better marketing job for Slingerland than Gibson ever could.

I'd be optimistic, Slingerland survives!
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:57 PM
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It's a good thing he's dead !
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:41 PM
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:55 PM
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I don't see the point, let's say the new Slingerlands are 2 grand, if you have an extra 2 grand to blow on a kit, are you going to by the DW/Slingerlands or a 1950's Radio King? Or even a clean 60's Slingerland kit. I mean, Slingerland isn't just a name, it's sorta like going to see a tribute band over the real thing, makes no sense.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:04 PM
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I don't see the point, let's say the new Slingerlands are 2 grand, if you have an extra 2 grand to blow on a kit, are you going to by the DW/Slingerlands or a 1950's Radio King? Or even a clean 60's Slingerland kit. I mean, Slingerland isn't just a name, it's sorta like going to see a tribute band over the real thing, makes no sense.
I'll give you three guesses as to who wants to put their brand on a Rich/Krupa kits....the first two don't count.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:58 PM
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I don't see the point, let's say the new Slingerlands are 2 grand, if you have an extra 2 grand to blow on a kit, are you going to by the DW/Slingerlands or a 1950's Radio King? Or even a clean 60's Slingerland kit. I mean, Slingerland isn't just a name, it's sorta like going to see a tribute band over the real thing, makes no sense.
Of course when you buy a new drum you get a new drum. There’s no reason someone cant make a modern drum with high quality control thats as good as the vintage drums.
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:24 AM
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Looking forward to seeing what they have to offer
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:09 PM
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I don't see the point, let's say the new Slingerlands are 2 grand, if you have an extra 2 grand to blow on a kit, are you going to by the DW/Slingerlands or a 1950's Radio King? Or even a clean 60's Slingerland kit. I mean, Slingerland isn't just a name, it's sorta like going to see a tribute band over the real thing, makes no sense.
Yes, it makes sense. Would you rather see Yamaha buy Slingerland and have them made in China? DW is an American drum company with their own tradition of high quality.

The marketing guys at DW are near genius level. Believe me, I know them. I endorse DW drums and have had a relationship with the company for over fifteen years. They will return Slingerland to prominence using the tradition angle, along with quality.

As far as people buying them, there will be plenty of interest in new Slingerland drums, and they will sell, if DW does it right, and I'm confident they will. Gibson, a guitar company, had no idea how to market Slingerland.

Lots of Slingerland collectors already have their old sets, Radio King snares, etc. Many drummers who know and play Slingerland will want the new ones too. I certainly will want a new set.
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'64 Slingerland, 13/16/20/22 (to be restored)
'65 Leedy, Blue Sparkle, 12/14/20
'67 Ludwig, Burgundy Sparkle, 12/13/16/22
'73 Slingerland, Sky Blue Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Slingerland, Red Tiger Pearl, 12/13/16/16/22
'74 Slingerland Gold Sparkle, 13/14/18/24
'72 Rogers, Black Strata, 13/16/22
'60's Stewart, Gold Glass Glitter, 12/13/16/22
'00's Tama Swingstar, White Satin Flame, 12/13/16/22

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Old 11-26-2019, 07:20 AM
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I don't want to see anyone use the Slingerland name on any modern drums. I can't believe what I'm hearing from guys who love vintage drums. It's the history of the name, the decades they were made, the way they were made that make them special. DW just slapping the Slingerland name on a kit, doesn't make it a Slingerland, even if they copy the exact shell.
Well, WE love the vintage gear, but I have to think it's a pretty small part of the overall drum market and sales. When a father buys his son a drum kit, it's likely a new one, and maybe the Slingerland will be attractive to him because he remembers the name and it's built in America.

Building in America is important, and if they can price them right, they should have a winner.
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