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Old 01-24-2017, 02:43 PM
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Default Did Slingerland ever offer 14x14 with 16x16?

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My first post on this forum. Many years ago, I had a 70's Slingerland set in black diamond pearl. It was a 22 inch bass with one mounted tom (set-o-matic mount) and 2 different sized floor toms. I remember the floors being 14 and 16. of course, my memory might be hazy, but I do have an old photo of the kit and it does indeed look to me like a 14 and a 16.

I bought the kit from its original owner who gave it to me with cases, stands, pedals, the whole complete outfit. I sold it decades ago for stupid reasons, mainly being too young at the time to appreciate it. Lately, I've been looking through old Slingerland catalogs to find the exact year and name of my old kit, but for some reason cannot find it. It's almost like that kit never existed.

I cannot find a single catalog entry about a Slingerland kit with a 14 and a 16 floor tom. Did this configuration ever exist? Was it a special order thing? Anyone have any info that might shed light?

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Old 01-24-2017, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: Did Slingerland ever offer 14x14 with 16x16?

Hi bdp! And to the forum!

You are correct that there are no CATALOGED kits showing both size toms. However, that does not mean it did not exist! Cataloged kits were only a starting point. A buyer could order any offered shell sizes to customize their kit.

I have a 1967 Slingerland kit with 8x12 and 16x16 toms. I found a really nice, period correct, 14x14 floor tom to go with it. I can now either use both floor toms or pick and choose! Attached are pictures of the kit. The flash highlights the slight gingeraling of the 14x14 floor tom and bass drum. In regular light, the difference isn't that great!

-Mark
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Old 01-24-2017, 03:06 PM
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Default Re: Did Slingerland ever offer 14x14 with 16x16?

Ah, yes, perhaps the original owner simply ordered those sizes. I didn't know for sure if someone could do that without the configuration being in the catalog. I'm pretty sure the kit was purchased all at once since it also had matching cases and hardware, etc. It really seemed like the original owner had bought it all as a set. I guess he custom ordered the sizes he wanted, which means I'm even LESS likely to ever replace that kit! Wish I never let it go in the first place. Oh well.

Thanks so much for the info!
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Old 01-24-2017, 04:38 PM
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Default Re: Did Slingerland ever offer 14x14 with 16x16?

I have a gloss yellow double bass kit with a 14x14" and a 16x16" floor toms special ordered.
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:43 PM
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The hang up about drum "outfits" pictured and given names in a catalog has always amused me. Over the years, I have ordered drum sets from a music store with my preferred configuration at the time or I have bought new drum sets that were in a music store in a configuration not pictured in a catalog. I've even bought a new old stock set that was in unopened boxes in a music store's stock room for more than a decade, and ordered another tom to go with this set. None of these drum sets were pictured or named in catalogs. That didn't make any of these drum sets any less valuable than a set pictured and named in a catalog. I worked for a manufacturer who would put together monster drum sets for our catalog pictures with no thoughts of people wanting to order the obscene conglomeration as a player's set. But.........some music stores would say that they wanted to order the monster set on page so and so in the same color in the picture because some person just had to have it.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:47 PM
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Hi bdp! And to the forum!

You are correct that there are no CATALOGED kits showing both size toms. However, that does not mean it did not exist! Cataloged kits were only a starting point. A buyer could order any offered shell sizes to customize their kit.

I have a 1967 Slingerland kit with 8x12 and 16x16 toms. I found a really nice, period correct, 14x14 floor tom to go with it. I can now either use both floor toms or pick and choose! Attached are pictures of the kit. The flash highlights the slight gingeraling of the 14x14 floor tom and bass drum. In regular light, the difference isn't that great!

-Mark

Mark, I have that same kit from 64! Two 8x12's, 20" bass and 14" and 16"
floor toms, all stamped the same!
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Old 01-27-2017, 09:41 AM
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Default Re: Did Slingerland ever offer 14x14 with 16x16?

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. While I now understand that non-catalogue orders have long been possible, it is also true that they must be quite rare. Or at least the configuration I had was rare. In fact, in all the searches I've done on ebay and elsewhere, I have never once seen a black diamond Pearl Slingerland with a 14 and a 16 floor tom. I'll keep looking though. If I never see a set like that come up, I'll eventually create one by using an orphan 14 floor tom that matches as closely as possible.
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