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Old 05-23-2020, 06:27 PM
ec_curtis ec_curtis is offline
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Default Slingerland Smoky Pearl

Hello friends! Itís been a long time since Iíve posted here. Some time ago I picked up a 60ís Slingerland kit that someone had painted green. 13Ē, 16Ē, and snare drum (14Ē) all painted green. ��. They also put a 80ís or 90ís Pearl double mount on the bass drum. They did not paint the bass drum green however. I wasnít sure if the bass drum was faded merlot or darkened champagne. After more research I realized it was smoky pearl. Good news was that even though the wrap on the bass drum was pulling away from the shell at the seam, the rest of the toms and snare were also smoky pearl. I was able to remove the green paint with a lot of success. Please see the pics below and I will continue with my story of this smoky pearl kit.


Edit: I forgot I canít upload photos from my iPhone so Please stand by while I arrange the pics.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Smoky Pearl

Nice project. The BD wrap is sure projecting copper highlights consistent with Champagne Sparkle. According to Slingerland historian Dr. Wenk the Smokey Pearl wrap was only officially available in the late 50's. Your shells with clear maple interior are 60's or later. Any badges/serials or date stamps? Looking forward to seeing that green paint removed.
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Old 05-24-2020, 03:48 PM
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Default Re: Slingerland Smoky Pearl

Looks like someone painted the existing kit.. just so to accommodate inclusion of the brand x? concert tom..

Cheers
John
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:48 PM
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I finally figured out how to resize the pics so I can post from my phone. So getting back to the project. I the wrapped Cleaned and polished Unfortunately it was a brittle in some spots and pulled the top layer of wrap off. This happend mainly around the lugs and seam. I also noticed that the wrap looked strange on the bass drum and floor tom where the holes should meet up. The werenít lined up well at all. It looked like the wrap on these two drums had been removed from another drum and put on another set of drums. This is all assumption based thoughts. The drums are all stamped Ď64 inside. So to slingerfan point about smoky pearl only being offered in the late 50ís makes some sense.
Even though the wrap doesnít line up well at the holes it is tight to the shell. The 13Ē had a pearl mount added also. The snare cleaned up well but it is missing the knob on strainer. Iíll post more pics below. I want to finish these up by patching all the plugged holes but Iím struggling to find smoky pearl wrap or something close to match. Iím open to ideas.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:55 PM
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Here are some more pics.
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Old 05-25-2020, 11:24 AM
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Looks to be a Gene Krupa 1N kit. With the additional pictures this does indeed appear to be Smokey Pearl. While not officially available in '64 it is possible that left over wrap could show up on a drum several years after it's official availability. If factory wrapped the BD should have two seams, with one edge tucked under and the other edge over. The seams on the snare and rack tom look correct. Where is the FT seam? BTW, does the snare drum have a '64 date stamp also?
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:12 PM
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Nice work as always Eric!

Mike
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Old 05-26-2020, 05:04 PM
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Nice work as always Eric!

Mike
Thanks Mike!

Disappointed that I didnít get to see you this year buddy. Next year!
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Old 05-26-2020, 06:00 PM
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Thanks Mike!

Disappointed that I didnít get to see you this year buddy. Next year!
Same here man. All we can do is look forward to next year!
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:00 AM
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Looks to be a Gene Krupa 1N kit. With the additional pictures this does indeed appear to be Smokey Pearl. While not officially available in '64 it is possible that left over wrap could show up on a drum several years after it's official availability. If factory wrapped the BD should have two seams, with one edge tucked under and the other edge over. The seams on the snare and rack tom look correct. Where is the FT seam? BTW, does the snare drum have a '64 date stamp also?
Looks like the snare is dated 64. Hereís the date stamps inside all 4 drums. Also a pic of the seem of the floor tom.
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