Slingerland Radio King 14 x 7″
This Stunning 14 x 7″ Solid shell Radio King just landed at the shop…
What can I say? Highly sought after 7″ Solid maple shell in a cool Red/Yellow Duco with original Nickel hardware and hoops. Black / brass Chicago badge dates this drum late 1950’s (’56-59). Some wear to the paintwork, but this drum looks and sounds way cool.
Fitted with a new Remo Hazy Ambassador and a set of Puresound wires as the originals were a bit worn out; I left the batter head as it has cool song notes and lyrics written by a previous owner. This drum takes regular heads, tunes up easily and sounds #Stunning! More information on the website…
Slingerland HSS Radio King
This drum represents the last of the Solid Shell Radio Kings and came to us in near immaculate condition…
This snare drum dates to the HSS era of Slingerland (1989-1994) and represents the last range of Radio King. This snare drum is a one piece maple shell in Marine Pearl wrap, vintage hoops and original Slingerland hardware.
It tunes up nicely and has all the characteristics you’d expect from a solid maple shell; Volume, stick sensitivity right across the head, warm full bodied tone. It is in absolutely lovely condition and would suit a player or collector.
More info on the website, a short video of it in action on our instagram.
Slingerland Radio King ‘student’
This stunning Slingerland ‘student’ Radio King arrived at the shop in great condition…
This snare drum dates to around 1950 and is in great original condition. Rather than being a solid shell drum, this student model is a 3 ply shell. It still features those lovely, fat, maple re-rings that help give it that vintage tone. All hardware is original including the brass hoops and three point strainer. Note that these student models don’t have the Radio King snare brackets.
These drums are by no means rare, but it’s the first I’ve seen in a glitter finish, and on this drum the blue glitter is very well preserved. It tunes up nicely, with no flat spots, and sounds great. More information on the website and a short video of the drum in action on my Instagram.
Leedy ‘Shelly Manne’
This lovely Slingerland era Leedy snare arrived at the shop recently and is now on the website….
This drum was available 1958 – 1965 and was among the last Leedy drums manufactured. These Slingerland era drums feature 3 ply shells with chrome hardware; this model is fitted with a 3 point strainer and Slingerland’s stick saver hoops.
Finished in White Pearl, this 14 x 5.5″ snare drum is in lovely original condition – with the exception of new heads and snare wires. It tunes up nicely and has a nice, bright response. Although a long way from the original solid shell Ulysses Leedy drums of the early 30’s, this drum is fairly sought after by players and collectors alike.
More information on the website.
Slingerland Gene Krupa Sound King
Apologies if I’ve skipped a couple days. If I did ‘a day in the life’ post you wouldn’t believe how insanely busy I am running this shop! So today’s feature is a 1960’s Gene Krupa Sound King snare drum by Slingerland.
We’ve just had one arrive at the shop, in very good condition, with just some scratches to the stick saver hoops. With all original hardware, this chrome over brass 14 x 5″ drum sounds amazing – a real favorite of mine. Three lines in the centre of the shell and fitted with a black/brass Slingerland badge. Fitted with Slingerland’s Zoomatic strainer which works well; personally I am a fan of these although others aren’t. I think they look classy and are easy to use, and much smoother than standard strainers made by competitive brands of the same era.
You can find more information on this drum on our website. We also have a couple 1970’s drums available, when the Krupa name had been taken away and it was now the Sound King. These have the later Black / Silver Slingerland Niles badge.
Slingerland Student Radio King 13″
Our featured snare drum today has to be the drum that arrived yesterday, as I personally have never seen one before! It’s a late 1950’s 13″ Slingerland Student Radio King .
This is an original 6 lug, 13″ Student Radio King in sparkling silver. All hardware on this drum is original – stick saver hoops, clamshell snare strainer, even the snare wires. The shell interior is dated twice – April and June 1958!
It has some splits in the shell that have been re-glued, but is still in round and tunes up great. Despite its age the bearing edges are in pretty good shape.
Rare to see one of these drums, particularly in the UK. More information on this at Nick Hopkin Drums.
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.