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Old 08-17-2019, 12:15 AM
vyacheslav vyacheslav is offline
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Default Speed King Timeline?

Greetings,

My knowledge of Speed Kings is good, but not great. I'm wondering if I can have some help filling in the blanks.

When did they first appear in their "timeless, classic" design? I know the earlier ones had the WFL shield on the foot board. When did the WFL shield disappear from the foot board. I want to say around '66 or '67? Does that sound right?

I know production on them continued, unchanged for many years. When the change was finally made, I know they were in black instead of the familiar silver. Those were a fairly limited run (especially compared to dozens of years with the silver). So my questions are:

1. When did the "classic" Speed King start production (With the WFL shield on the foot board)?

2. When did they remove the WFL shield from the foot board (Again, my guess is '67 -ish)?

3. When did production change to the black painted model (My guess is mid to late 90's)? Was there a production gap between the familiar silver painted ones and the black painted ones? Were the black painted ones considered "re-issues" if there was a production gap?

4. When were the last of the black painted Speed Kings issued (and thus ending the run of Speed Kings for good)? My guess is mid 2000's.


Thanks so much for your help on this!

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Old 08-19-2019, 06:31 AM
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Hi,

I was asking Vincent Leef some of this the other day. He owns Vitalizer Drums and restores Speed Kings. You can find him on Facebook. He can fill all the gaps for you. Here's a little of what he said the other day.

Speed Kings started in 1937, stopped from '42 through '45 due to WWII and then were produced continuously from 1946–2014. Switched to light gray powder coated finish in mid/late 90’s then black a bit later. There are no re issues of the Speed King.

I have an image of my collection attached. All of the editions, not counting slight variations from year to year like different screws, are in this image! Hope this helps a little. SAZ
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:00 AM
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Hi,

I was asking Vincent Leef some of this the other day. He owns Vitalizer Drums and restores Speed Kings. You can find him on Facebook. He can fill all the gaps for you. Here's a little of what he said the other day.

Speed Kings started in 1937, stopped from '42 through '45 due to WWII and then were produced continuously from 19462014. Switched to light gray powder coated finish in mid/late 90s then black a bit later. There are no re issues of the Speed King.

I have an image of my collection attached. All of the editions, not counting slight variations from year to year like different screws, are in this image! Hope this helps a little. SAZ
Do you favor the felt beater or is that pretty much the way they came ? Mine has the same felt beater since I got it in the 70's.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:34 AM
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How does that old song go? Isn't like this? "It won't please a geek if it ain't got dat squeak".
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:49 PM
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Do you favor the felt beater or is that pretty much the way they came ? Mine has the same felt beater since I got it in the 70's.
I have the felt & wool ones on the ones they belong on. To tell you the truth, I've always used a Ghost.
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