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Old 07-11-2018, 08:53 AM
AlloyBoy AlloyBoy is offline
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Default Slingerland 5 ply

A quick question: when did Slingerland start first offering 5 ply shells? I thought it was 1978 or 1979? I noticed a set of concert toms on eBay with S/N's as low as 244xxx (black/silver Niles badge), which "seem" to put the manufacture like '77 (based on the "timeline")?? I own a Super Rock #51N (3 ply with reinforced rings, black/silver Niles badge) with S/N's from 217xxx to 225xxx. I always assumed that set was '75 or '76, based on the S/N and the years that particular outfit was made. Was the Super Rock Kit made in 1977?? I didn't think it was... I always wondered about the 5 ply, and thought I'd ask the experts!
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:17 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland 5 ply

The 5 ply shell was introduced in 1972. for the TDR marching line.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:32 AM
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The 5 ply shell was introduced in 1972. for the TDR marching line.
WOW! Thank you sir for that info. I was way off. Slingerland offered 5 ply for all drums, bass, toms, etc. in 1972??
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:39 AM
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WOW! Thank you sir for that info. I was way off. Slingerland offered 5 ply for all drums, bass, toms, etc. in 1972??
Slingerland was only offering their 5-ply shell for the TDR marching drums first, in 1972. It wasn't until around 1976, or maybe just a bit earlier, that they began offering these shells with kit outfits.

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Old 07-11-2018, 10:31 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland 5 ply

According to Dr CJ Wenk the 5-ply shell was introduced in '72. It was used on TDR marching snares and appeared on orchestra and kit snares. It was also available as an option for toms and bass drums from '72 through '78. In '79 it became the default shell and the 3-ply shell became an option.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland 5 ply

Someone on here also mentioned that the smaller concert Tom's were only available in 5ply.
I have the "pop" outfit from about 1972 with concert Tom's in 3 ply and the bass drum is 5 ply.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:02 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland 5 ply

Thanks all for the responses. It's good information to have! It just makes dating Slingerland drums all that much harder!!!LOL
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