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Forum: Vintage Drums Today, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King bearings

I bought a Speed King back in the seventies when I was learning to play because I thought that's what all great drummers had. I could never get on with it because at rest, the beater lays too far...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-11-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Cozy Powell

Wow! isn't this forum great! I can't believe that there's going to be a film about him. That's incredible. He was such a great talent and gone waaaay too soon. I know that bassist Neil Murray who...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-07-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Gerard Ball
Cozy Powell

Cozy was one of my favourite drummers growing up - a far better technician than he's ever given credit for. Most people remember him for his explosive stage shows and solos but he could also play...
Forum: Vintage Drums 10-07-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Gladstone snare drums list?

Not sure about the list but a Gladstone snare is currently for sale if you want to re-mortgage!...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Re-wrap Seams (Use glue or tape?)

I've only always ever used contact adhesive and it has held for years.
Forum: Vintage Drums 08-19-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: 1927- LEEDY 4 x 14 & 5 x 14 SPARKLING GOLD PROFESSIONAL MODELS

Beautiful snares. I personally preferred the 4-point strainer drums but lovely nonetheless.
Forum: Vintage Drums 08-19-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 49,828
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: This is the Display Your Slingerland Drums Thread

My orphan Singy kit dates from 1940-1970s.
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-26-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Hi Marty. I have the same issue with my new SK on my 1940s Slingerland bass drum. I have to back the pedal off a little to prevent the rubbing that you described. Donít have the same issue with...
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-26-2021, 04:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Thanks Marty. Thatís really interesting. I was intrigued by your comment about how far the tension screws were wound in. Iíve actually just stripped and cleaned the pedal completely and re-greased...
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-25-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Thanks, Mike, I'll see if I can find Vincent. I wouldn't mind some advice about greasing the bearings as well. Seems to be quite a bit of play in mine and not sure if that's normal?
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-25-2021, 10:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Kia Ora Marty and greetings from God's Own! Thanks for the advice and info. I've attached a few photos to assist if anyone can fill in the blanks.
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-24-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Mine doesn't have a WFL imprint on it so it must be from later on. Is there any way to date these pedals?
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-24-2021, 02:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Speed King query

Thanks. It doesnít so it isnít!
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-23-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gerard Ball
Speed King query

Hi. I've just bought a nice old Speed King to restore. The seller described it as a 'WFL pedal from the 1950s'. I'm curious whether this is correct or if it's even possible to date a SK from its...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 11-27-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,247
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Slingerland re-born

Thanks for the kind words and praise. This ‘new’ snare sounds incredible. I prefer a high tuning and it is so responsive it’s unbelievable. This is the first drum that I have had to cut a new bearing...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 11-10-2020, 02:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,247
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Slingerland re-born

Thanks for the kind feedback. Actually, these old classic marching snares are a great and often inexpensive source of material for anyone looking to either restore or create a really wonderful drum....
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 11-08-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,247
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Slingerland re-born

Hey thanks for the kind words Mark. The pleasure I derive from restoring and using something that others might throw away is way more than I get from buying new gear.
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 11-08-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,247
Posted By Gerard Ball
Slingerland re-born

Hi. I thought that I'd post a few photos of my recent Slingerland snare project. Over the past 6 or so years, I've been assembling a kit of different Slingerland orphan drums. Most of these came...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,076
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Tension rod query

Great thanks. I've ordered from Drum Factory so hopefully should be OK.

On a separate note, it's interesting how hard it is to get heads for a 15" drum. Mine had a Duco finish and I'm wrapping it...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,076
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Tension rod query

Thanks guys. Unfortunately NZ is completely metric and I’m guessing these tension rod threads are all imperial no wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope in getting an in store ID.
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,076
Posted By Gerard Ball
Tension rod query

Hi. As part of my ongoing Slingerland snare drum conversion, I need to replace the existing tension rods with shorter ones. Can someone tell me what thread/diameter I should be looking for to fit the...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 01:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Restoring Slingerland duco paint

Hi. The gold went on first and then the black. It’s much easier to manage the overspray on one edge rather than two at the same time. I struggled with the lacquer coat and may have another go with a...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Restoring Slingerland duco paint

I had the same issue with an old Leedy where the Duco paint was in a poor condition. I opted to strip it off and repaint. You can see the results below and make your own judgement. It's not a 100%...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 567
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Shell ply query

Thanks very much guys. I'll post photographs of the project and finished drum when complete. Still struggling to find a 3-point snare throw for the completed snare but will persevere!
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 567
Posted By Gerard Ball
Shell ply query

Hi. Iím in the process of making a new 7Ē Slingerland snare from an old 1940s Slingerland 15Ē marching snare. Having cut the shell down yesterday, I wonder if anyone can ID the timber in the shell...
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