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Star 1961 Radio King Clone Last viewed: 1 minute ago

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls...after owning this snare drum for almost 8 years (purchased May, 2010) I've finally cleaned and detailed it! It NEVER takes me this long to detail a drum!

The finish is very faded over much of the drum, which was originally a beautiful red glass glitter, and there is some flaking and pimpling on some of the chrome. Still I recognized the drum for what is was...an attempt by the Japanese to cash in on the Slingerland Radio King snare drum! My guess is that Slingerland found out about the drum and insisted it needed to change. By the 1963 catalog, the drum did look different. I plan to post another topic on all this, including more pictures of my drum and catalog pictures showing how the drum, No. 2256, morphed from 1961 to 1966. In the meantime, I hope you like my RK clone!

-Mark

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Posted on 6 years ago
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Very cool Mark. Congratulations on the record for holding off on detailing a drum. Now, let's see........... Where was I eight years ago?

What do you think of the sound, and do you have an actual Radio King with which to compare this clone?

Posted on 6 years ago
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I dig it! I like the faded finish. Red sparkle MIJ's are plentiful, but yours is now a "custom" wrap.

Posted on 6 years ago
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Very cool. I love my Star snare - these snares have a really great crack that really pokes through. This is indeed a super cool instrument you have - cheers!

thejohnlec
Ohio Valley
Posted on 6 years ago
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Dan Boucher;429389

Very cool Mark. Congratulations on the record for holding off on detailing a drum. Now, let's see........... Where was I eight years ago?

What do you think of the sound, and do you have an actual Radio King with which to compare this clone?

Hi Dan!

Yep, it took me almost 8 years. I guess that is a record! LoLoLoLo

As to the sound. Well, I never intended to play it, but to have sitting pretty in my drum room. I tapped it a few times and I can't say it's the best sounding MIJ drum I have! And, no, I've don't have a real Radio King, but would like to!

-Mark

Posted on 6 years ago
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vyacheslav;429407

I dig it! I like the faded finish. Red sparkle MIJ's are plentiful, but yours is now a "custom" wrap.

Yes, I guess it is a "custom" wrap!

-Mark

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thejohnlec;429441

Very cool. I love my Star snare - these snares have a really great crack that really pokes through. This is indeed a super cool instrument you have - cheers!

I have about 6 Star snare drums. The best sounding one I have wears a "Revelle" badge, has the thicker shell with gray paint and has 10 lugs, which you rarely see with these MIJ drums. I should post a picture!

-Mark

Posted on 6 years ago
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"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness" Oscar Wilde

Numbers wise this clone may be more rare than a real Radio King! Like it, thanks.

Posted on 6 years ago
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Thumbs up, Mark!! I like the faded finish...Adds character!!

Cheers

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Posted on 6 years ago
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slingerfan;429780

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness" Oscar Wilde

Numbers wise this clone may be more rare than a real Radio King! Like it, thanks.

slingerfan! I've only seen about 2 of these over the years, both on eBay. I guess that does make it a bit rare!

-Mark

Posted on 6 years ago
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