Dating vintage slingerland drums

The badge was round with GRETSCH written across the top and DRUM MAKERS SINCE 1883 along the bottom.

The older version of the Round Badge used a carpenter’s tack to attach the badge to the shells while later version used the standard brass grommet to affix the badge. The bottom section of the badge reads “THAT GREAT GRETSCH SOUND”.

Features Zoomatic strainer, original hoops and internal damper.

This snare has the depth of a Ludwig 402, but a bit more warmth due to the brass shell, and a bit more ‘bite’ to my ears.

This drum records exceptionally well, rarely seen in this size, because drummers hang onto them!

1970’s Slingerland Sound King 6.5″ Chrome over brass.

Cymbal size upgraded from 10″ to 14″ as of 9/17/12).

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Final production of Gretsch drums with the Round badge was in 1971 BADGE #2 1972 to 1979 The next badge design for Gretsch was an octagon shaped badge. Final production of Gretsch Drums with this badge was in mid 1979.

This brass badge had the GRETSCH logo written in block type with an elongated letter “T “in the middle of the Gretsch name. This is the only badge to carry the infamous “Great Gretsch Sound” tag line.

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