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Old 01-12-2009, 01:23 PM
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Default Slingerland drum set value

Hi all,

I am sure this question has been asked 30000 times on here, but I am trying to help my friend determine the value of his Slingerland drum set. He's trying to sell it and I am not sure if it's worth anything, or a lot.

He has a snare and rack tom that are believed to be from the 1970's, and the rest of the kit is probably a mid 1980's kit. From what I've ready, the 80's sets aren't worth much, but I wonder about the snare. Is there any way to tell from serial numbers when the drums were made?

I've included a few pictures.

Thanks in advance, this is a great forum.

Mike
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:15 PM
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Default Re: Slingerland drum set value

Yes, what is confusing me is the hardware on the kit.

If that tom mounting system is ORIGINAL (also the spurs) then the 3-pc. kit is around an '80's and really not that valuable...as by then the Slingerland name had been sold around like 2-bit ho'. By then they were just asian-produced drums of no particular collectors value. They LOOKED like older ones, but their shells and hardware and edges were kinda crap. If this is the case, $250-300.

BUT... if that hardware is replacement hardware and you can find evidence of former holes for the old tom mount and spurs....then check the badge and go to the link below. It could be an older set which someone unfortunately switched the hardware on. If that is the case, the 3-pcs. is probably worth about $500.

Prior to the late '70's, Slingerland still existed as an American-mfr'g. company. But their best stuff comes from the '50's-around '76. After mid 70's...the quality of the maker just nosedives.....

BUT...the snare and other tom are both bona-fide vintage Slingys, 'fer sure.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/slingerland_badges.html

If the Silver/Black badge #'s on those are lower than 200,000...those are late '60's drums. If they are between about 200,000-350,000...those are early-mid '70's drums. Higher than 400,000...then those are late '70's drums and I would guess the shells ain't the greatest.

(I know the link above says the silver/black badge is from '70's or later...and that teh Niles black.brass badge existed up until '69...but that's not quite correct. The Black/Silver badge began in the late '60's....'67-'68 or so. I have never seen a Niles Black/Brass badge later than '67-'68.)

If the snare itself falls somewhere late '60's - early '70's, then it's worth a good $150 or so on eFlay if the hardware is in good shape. The tom, about $60 or so.

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:00 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland drum set value

Wow, tons of good information, thanks a bunch for taking the time to reply. I will pass this info on to my buddy. I suspect that the drums have not been modified, and that is the original hardware, unless it happened before he owned it.

Thanks again!

Mike
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:12 AM
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Another question I had was concerning the finish on the drums. The snare and tom that are older are more of a "dirty" white than the newer drums. Could this be that they've faded over the years, or is that the actual color?

Pardon my ignorance, I am not a drummer, I am a guitarist

Thanks again
Mike
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:32 PM
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Default Re: Slingerland drum set value

I sent some emails on this snare already.

Does it have more vent holes on the drum..

Can we get more photos?

David
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:53 PM
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Hi David,

I just learned last night that my friend was in touch with this site already, my bad.

We will definitely get some more pictures shortly.

Mike
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:12 PM
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The WMP wrap has faded over the years. Slingerland and Rogers WMP usually fades yellow. Ludwig's usually fades greenish.
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BUT...the snare and other tom are both bona-fide vintage Slingys, 'fer sure.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/slingerland_badges.html

If the Silver/Black badge #'s on those are lower than 200,000...those are late '60's drums. If they are between about 200,000-350,000...those are early-mid '70's drums. Higher than 400,000...then those are late '70's drums and I would guess the shells ain't the greatest.

(I know the link above says the silver/black badge is from '70's or later...and that teh Niles black.brass badge existed up until '69...but that's not quite correct. The Black/Silver badge began in the late '60's....'67-'68 or so. I have never seen a Niles Black/Brass badge later than '67-'68.)

If the snare itself falls somewhere late '60's - early '70's, then it's worth a good $150 or so on eFlay if the hardware is in good shape. The tom, about $60 or so.
Here is the Slingerland section with DrCJW's Badge Timeline.

Click Here


No problem on the photos, we just need to know if it has 3 vent holes...

David
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:26 PM
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Wow...another resource. Thanks for digging that up.

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Old 01-13-2009, 05:27 PM
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Hey Jaye!

I'm the webmaster on the forum. Carl Wenk has some great knowledge in the area of Slingerland.

Search him on the forum, sometimes he can pinpoint details which most of us wonder "how in the.... did he know that"

Also, I'm sitting on the largest collection of Slingerland photography and photo shoot material that I know of.

You can see some of that stuff here.

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I see you are knowledgeable about this stuff and thanks for contributing to the forum!

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