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Old 07-26-2021, 07:53 AM
Premslinglud Premslinglud is offline
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Default Re: Uneven lug spacing on Slingerland snare

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Bad hoops can cause the same symptom, but yours does appear to be the shell.



I would take all of the lugs off and measure from each lug to see if they all wander or if just one or two are off using a flexible measuring tape. Measure from the left side of the hole on one to the left side of the hole on the next. Since you are using the same reference point on both, it is the same as measuring the center to center measurement and is very accurate.



If it is just two that are off, the solution will probably be to file the holes in the direction they need to go to be the same measurement from lug to lug. Assuming they are off by only an 1/8" or so this should be doable with no evidence from the outside. The lug mounting washers may cover this up on the inside as well.
When I first noticed this, I did take the lugs off and measure with a soft tape measure. The punched holes are off for sure. They do not looks egged out or anything. Perfect nice holes, just spaced wrong.

The rims are a little egged from having been pulled by the lugs but that not what is causing the trouble. I thought about filing the holes but then did not.

I will take a Horizontal picture of the badge. It looks normal to me, similar vintage and serial number to my Slingerland kit (obtained elsewhere).

It would make sense if this was somehow a later shell when things were going downhill-but the serial number is earlier-unless the badge and shell are not from the same time.
Erich
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Old 07-26-2021, 10:12 AM
idrum4fun idrum4fun is offline
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Erich...

This really sounds like a punch machine that, for whatever reason, didn't align properly with your shell. It could have punched perfectly spaced holes on the shell before and after yours, but your shell drew the short stick. What I find even more surprising is that this mishap wasn't caught in QC. After assembly, this spacing issue would have been easily caught and the shell rejected. Maybe they didn't care? Who can really say!

-Mark
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Old 07-26-2021, 10:43 AM
Premslinglud Premslinglud is offline
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Were "seconds" ever released?
Agreed-QC should have rejected that one.
It would have been difficult to put the rims on the first time.
The snare sounds great by the way...
Erich
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Old 07-26-2021, 12:18 PM
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Were "seconds" ever released?
Agreed-QC should have rejected that one.
It would have been difficult to put the rims on the first time.
The snare sounds great by the way...
Erich
Back in the day, I'm not sure if "seconds" were ever considered. The drums either passed, or they didn't. In this case, someone passed your drum, in spite of some lugs being off-centered! My educated guess is that Slingerland figured the drum would be sent out to a store. From there, it would be up to the buyer to make a claim against Slingerland. Had this happened, the drum would have had to be replaced! Obviously, this never happened! My other guess, as you've noted, is that the drum sounds great, so why bother with the hassle of sending it back?!! Let's face it, we were much more tolerant of "mistakes" back then! Today, our standards are higher. Even if a drum made it past QC, the end buyer would most certainly complain...and get the drum repaired or replaced relatively quickly!

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