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    Havenít posted or even kept up here much the past year or since the iPhone app has gone down so Iím not too keen on with whatís happening with you all here. Anyway, my question is on Slingerland drums. Iím not much of a gear head as I was in the late 70ís and eighties but maybe Matt, (if heís still around here) can answer... what ever became of slingerland drum co? Iíve read that the name alone was sold to Peavy? Roland? Iím not sure. The reason Iím asking is I just watched a few videos of Matt Abts (Govt Mule) and, along with his Pearl reference and acrylic kit, he was playing on a green sparkle and then again on a white marine finished slingerland kits. It got me to wandering what ever happened to Slingerland because back in the day, those were some awfully fine drums and Matt Abts had his sounding just phenomenal. Maybe some of you can answer this and I appreciate you in advance.

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    I think it was Gibson that owns/owned the Slingerland name. There's 2 companies doing Slingerland style drums now. Stone Custom Drum Company apparently has the old Slingerland molds and tools. Another company that I recently discovered called Chicago Drum are doing drums similar to those old Slingerlands.

    I have (2) 22x14 very late 70's/very early 80's bass drums from Slingerland. The 5 ply shell. The first 2 pictures are from the day that I got them in my possession. The last 2 pictures are when I got the finally upgrades to them. New skins, new hoops and new tension rods.

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    Nice pillows. Bet those kicks really sang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JY Kelly View Post
    Nice pillows. Bet those kicks really sang.
    The pillows are a feel thing more than a sound thing.

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    Slingerland always rocked back in the day. I think K. Aranoff recorded some early Johnny Cougar records with Slingerlands', I loved that sound. ( after further research maybe it was Tom Knowles)
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    Picked these up at a garage sale for $100 a few years ago:

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    Restored as best I could - debated on having new edges on the resos cut for the floor (18") and the tom (14") but decided to leave it....kit's been used by a friend in the studio a couple times.

    The snare was a 70's era TDR - sold it for almost 3x what I paid for the entire kit, once I cleaned it up, removed the laminate "wrap", and replaced some broken bits....the cymbals on the pre-restoration pic I got about $125 for all told, so made a bit on the deal....still have the drums, planning on a revamp when I get some downtime. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerkick View Post
    Slingerland always rocked back in the day. I think K. Aranoff recorded some early Johnny Cougar records with Slingerlands', I loved that sound. ( after further research maybe it was Tom Knowles)
    Kenny was playing Slingerlands when I saw John Couger opening for the Kinks in 1980. I could see that long script Slingerland logo clear across the Spectrum.

    As said above, Gibson currently owns Slingerland and they have been out of production for some time now. For a time under Gibson, they made some great drums. They were Keller shells finished by Pat Foley. However, they were not the 3 play Slingerlands of old. My buddy has a 70s Slingerland kit and it's a really nice kit. Back when I started drumming, Ludwig was the big name and had a massive roster of Rock drummers, but most drummers over 30 seemed to prefer Slingerland or Rogers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bri6366 View Post
    Kenny was playing Slingerlands when I saw John Couger opening for the Kinks in 1980. I could see that long script Slingerland logo clear across the Spectrum.
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    Thank you for that confirmation. He was playing his Tama's of course in 86' when I seen them. Slingerland's did have a great sound, only 3 ply back in the day? Cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killerkick View Post
    Thank you for that confirmation. He was playing his Tama's of course in 86' when I seen them. Slingerland's did have a great sound, only 3 ply back in the day? Cool.
    In the mid 70s Slingerland offered a 5 ply shell. Great rock drums similar to the 6 ply Ludwigs at the time. Up until the early 80s you could order either a 3 ply maple/poplar with re rings or the 5 ply straight shell.

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