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  • Early 60's Slingerland Gene Krupa Deluxe

    I picked this up today from the original owner who purchased it in 1961. The kit is great condition with a set of Zildjians from the same year (15" hats, 12" crash/splash, 20" ride).

    I haven't had a chance to really clean and tune it, but it still sounds pretty killer. I love the look of the dark mahogany inner ply with maple re-rings.

    I'm thinking of putting vintage coated Ambassadors on the batters, perhaps clear ambassadors on the bottom. Any suggestions for a bass batter that would both look and sound vintage?



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  • #2
    The Vater vintage bomber bass drum beater should do the trick for the sound you're looking for.
    Doing the best with what i've got.

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    • #3
      What if you went with a Fiberskyn for the batter? That screams classic, IMHO.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MeaninglessPhoto View Post
        What if you went with a Fiberskyn for the batter? That screams classic, IMHO.
        +1. Fiberskyn all around, I'd say. Nice find!
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        • #5
          Yeah I was thinking fiberskyn too as an option. I really like the look of Aquarian's Vintage line of heads, but I don't have any experience with them.

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          I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by drummaman1 View Post
            +1. Fiberskyn all around, I'd say. Nice find!
            + 1 = 3

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            • #7
              nice kit for sure! enjoy
              got G.A.S. ?

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              • #8
                I love it when you can get the entire history as well.
                That kit looks very well kept.

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                • #9
                  gorgeous vintage kit man!
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                  • #10
                    +1 on Vintage Ambassadors, great drum heads. If you want to keep it looking vintage then why not just keep that Slingerland head on it ?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AutomaticWriting View Post
                      +1 on Vintage Ambassadors, great drum heads. If you want to keep it looking vintage then why not just keep that Slingerland head on it ?
                      I plan to keep the Slingerland resonant bass head, but I'm looking for a new batter since its really worn out and has 1/4 inch of moleskin where the beater kits.

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                      I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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                      • #12
                        My suggestion would be Coated Vintage Ambassador batters, and Coated Ambassador resos - that's what I have on my '64 Ludwigs.

                        As for the kick, I've got a coated Powerstroke 3 batter, and smooth white ambassador with Ludwig logo on reso.

                        The Vater Vintage Bomber is a great addition too.
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                        • #13
                          Not sure if it's a vintage sound or not but the suedes would sound really good on that kit. I have a friend with a 60's club date he had since new & we put black suede Emp over Amb & it sounds killer. Warm & resonant with perfect mellow overtones.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by OllieNeedham View Post
                            My suggestion would be Coated Vintage Ambassador batters, and Coated Ambassador resos - that's what I have on my '64 Ludwigs.

                            As for the kick, I've got a coated Powerstroke 3 batter, and smooth white ambassador with Ludwig logo on reso.

                            The Vater Vintage Bomber is a great addition too.
                            A PS3 might be nice since I would rather have something with a bit of overtone control instead of using a felt strip (which I suppose would be more authentic). Felt strips are ok, but I'm not a huge fan.

                            I've heard a lot of good things about the Vintage Bomber, may need to pick one up.

                            Sent from my Starclassic Snare.
                            I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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                            • #15
                              I have no dampening other than a felt strip - sounds very authentic.
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                              • Meinl Byzance Cymbals

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