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Old 05-01-2011, 09:32 AM
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Default Slingerland Odyssey 1978

Their is a set of Slingerland Odyssey's for sale local to me I don't know much about them or what their worth as in what would be a good price to pay they are immaculate.

Also how hard is it to get heads for these? just curious.

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Old 05-01-2011, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Odyssey 1978

From what I've read about Odyssey drums, they didn't fare too well, same way as the Remo PTS. Don't know if drum heads are still made for those or not
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:15 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Odyssey 1978

According to DrCJW in this thread, the Odyssey drums were made for Slingerland by Remo circa 1983-84. (And there's arguably no better source for Slingerland info.) Seems right since the pictured drums look much more like a Remo product than Slingerland. The only hardware that says "Slingerland" to me are the bass t's and claws.

Regardless of who actually built the drums, the pictured set does use Remo PTS heads, which Remo will still make via special order. Your preferred Remo dealer can place the order. Head selection might be limited and you can bet they'll be quite a bit more expensive than standard heads. I had to deal with PTS heads once, and I personally hated those things. Instead of buying PTS heads, I'd cut the old head out of the PTS rim and use that rim as a hoop for a standard head.

And if they ARE made by Remo, there's a pretty good chance the shells are Remo's "Acousticon", which is basically a mix of wood fiber & resin. (You'll find detractors referring to them as cardboard drums.) Supposedly the material has been improved over time and you'll find a few people who like drums made from the stuff, but older Acousticon shells (in my experience) were prone to bearing edge collapse and there's really no effective way to fix them.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:56 AM
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Remo's "Acousticon", which is basically a mix of wood fiber & resin. (You'll find detractors referring to them as cardboard drums.) Supposedly the material has been improved over time and you'll find a few people who like drums made from the stuff, but older Acousticon shells (in my experience) were prone to bearing edge collapse and there's really no effective way to fix them.
No offense, but I believe you may be mixing these up with the actual cardboard drums made at the tail end of another builders business stretch.
REMO's Acousticon shells, young or old, were/are very strong. They have been built to actually exceed some wood hardness. The only individuals I've ever come across that would call them "cardboard" had never played them. Those of us who have played them through the years know how exceptionally hard and rigid they were built and the word "cardboard" does not come to mind.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:53 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Odyssey 1978

The tom mount looks very much like Pearl to me.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:14 PM
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No offense, but I believe you may be mixing these up with the actual cardboard drums made at the tail end of another builders business stretch.
No offense taken, but I'm absolutely certain I'm not getting anything mixed up. My experience is with Remo drums made from Acousticon in the mid/late 1980s. I know there are people who have had better luck than mine with Acousticon, but on the other hand, I'm not the only person I know who has come across bearing edge problems with Acousticon drums.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:54 PM
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You are correct. The early early very early iteration was a bit weak. But, by the mid to late 80s they were hunky dory. Most all of the detractors are individuals who have never owned an Acousticon kit. They flow like lemmings reciting a social mantra. But, I see you had a very very early one ... you may well have had an issue. That's why they changed and improved the shell makeup.
Because this is a Historical site, I wanted to ensure we didn't follow the typical path of those "other" sites ... blindly effusing that which was told to us or that which was read.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:46 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Odyssey 1978

I have a kit of Remo Acousticon drums from the late 80's. I bought them cheap and was amazed at how good they sound. Remo has never gotten much respect for building drums I believe because of the PTS and early "cardboard" issues. My Remo kit sounds as good as most drums from the era but I can't sell them for love or money. They have a cool blue Duco wrap on them that probably hurts them because they aren't red sparkle.

I'd say "pass" on the Slingerland PTS drums if you are looking for a playable kit. Now if you are collecting all things Slingerland then if you can buy them cheap they would expand your collection.

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Old 05-05-2011, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Slingerland Odyssey 1978

Thanks everyone I think I'll pass on the drum's for now I'm going to focus on finsihing off my Slingerland kit I have now before getting another kit.
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