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Old 10-15-2014, 08:22 PM
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It was, without a doubt, 1-ply mahogany. (I had 17 RK SD's at the time so there were plenty of specimens to compare.)
7x14, BDP, tin w/ red letter badge, 8 lug. Mine had the stick-eater hoops, prob'ly a retrofit.
Listed in the '41 catalog.
Very strange. If you have the ability to post detailed photos of the shell and bearing edges, that would be enlightening. It would be a Radio King "first", at least in my experience. I thought I found one at the Chicago show a few years ago and I was convinced it was solid mahogany. Upon close inspection, it proved to be a three ply.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:04 AM
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Very strange. If you have the ability to post detailed photos of the shell and bearing edges, that would be enlightening. It would be a Radio King "first", at least in my experience. I thought I found one at the Chicago show a few years ago and I was convinced it was solid mahogany. Upon close inspection, it proved to be a three ply.
I'd love to accommodate, however, that'll be a little tough because I sold it to Nicko McBrain back in '88. I wonder if he still even has it. If anybody has access to him, it might be cool to find that out and get the most current evidence from him if he still does.

I was as curious as you because I was also unaware that Slingerland had ever offered a 1-ply mahogany snare drum. Needless to say, this one underwent quite a bit of scrutiny and research, at least what was available back in the late '80's, which was old catalogs and folks like Charlie Donnelly.

I was fortunate enough to have some catalogs from that era that I'd found rootin' around in the basement of an old music store. (Found a bunch of Slingerland calf heads with both Buddy and Krupa on their red and white boxes, along with a few Amrawco's, as well. And an 11" knotty-pine RK tom shell.)

Anyway, I also spoke with Charlie Donnelly who said he'd had a few come through his place through the years. So then, I was at least aware of the possibility that this could be one. All this was done before the drum actually came to me.

When it arrived, off came the heads. It had the sharper bearing edges that were typical of that time period. The heads tuned on the outside edge, of course, which was mahogany. A magnifying glass revealed the only seams in the edges being the ones between the shell and the glue rings. No poplar center ply (which I figured would be there) or any inner seams of any kind except for at the joint where the two ends of the mahogany board met.

Funny thing was, I never could quite get it to sound like my maple ones. Bernie Stone and I figured out it was the snare beds and I was about to send it off to Fort Wayne when the opportunity to sell it to Nicko showed up. I told his tech (big ol' rugby-playin' Brit named Steve Gadd(!), fer crissake. ONE HELLUVA fine gent while I'm at it. He snuck me back to play on Nicko's kit after soundcheck with the 200,000 watt P.A. still up. Unforgettable, but that's another story.) Anyway, I mentioned the beds possibly need touched up and he said they'd worry about it if need be.

In fact Nicko was talking to me about his possibly buying Bob Henrit's drum shop in London. I don't believe he ever bought it, however.

Anyway, that's the poop as far as I can take ya.

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Old 10-17-2014, 11:41 AM
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This is my first post. I have an early 60s radio king (wood), what's confusing me is that in all the pictures an descriptions from that time they were 8 lugs, this has 10 cob, and it has the 967a 3point strainer BUT no snare bridges ( as seen in the new 63 version) this is shown in the Rob Cook book. I think it's early 60s as it has niles badge serial # 5603. It is wmp, gone a lovely yellowy green. Am loving the warm great sound of this drum, I also have a 40s RK-got both on eBay and am definitely a convert to and am fascinated with these drums. Unfortunately don't know how to post picks as yet but am working on it, also my computer skills are very lacking,-new to I pads, can anyone shed light on this drum question.
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