The Slingerland ‘Super Strainer’ was introduced in 1940 on Radio King snare drums, but is commonly referred to as the ‘clamshell’. It replaced the three point strainer which had featured on all drums until then. It looked great, with its streamlined design and extended throw off lever, but today is disliked by many for its fragility. Its rare to find a Radio King from this era with a complete arm on! However, Slingerland continued to use this strainer on drums up until the late 1950’s, gradually phasing out the three point.
Here’s a late 1950’s Radio Kings with the Clamshell throw off:
Although the extended lever is often missing from earlier drums, most snare throws I’ve come across are still functional without it. Occasionally the bolt holding the arm itself in place has worn out from years of use; the alternative is to replace it with a modern lever, of which we have several in stock. We picked these up when we were in the USA in May and they work a treat. Although they look nothing like the original, they really do work allowing these great drums to be played again.
We have several in stock on our website with worldwide shipping, as well as a couple of fine Radio King Snare drums. One is late 1950’s in white pearl with Nickel hardware the other mid 1950’s with chrome hardware in Blue glitter.
Why not come and visit us to try these snares out and check out the Clamshell throw in more detail. We’re open weekdays and weekends.