Slingerland – 1942 Radio King, 26″, 16″, 14″, 13″ Black Diamond Pearl – NEAR MINT, Except…$2,395.00

Slingerland – 1942 Radio King, 26″, 16″, 14″, 13″ Black Diamond Pearl – NEAR MINT, Except…$2,395.00

I don’t know whether to get super excited about the amazing, near new condition of this single owner, 1942 Slingerland Radio King drum set, or get super bummed that he “upgraded” the hardware in 1970 with all new Rogers Swiv-O-Matic tom mounts and bass spurs. It probably seemed like a great idea at the time but…YIKES!!.

On the bright side, apart from that “little” alteration this set is in glorious condition. The care required to keep this set so immaculate for EIGHTY YEARS of steady use is astounding. The finish, seams, edges and hardware remain in extraordinary condition. The photos don’t lie! Just look at the 1950s snapshot (included) of this set back in the day. With the exception of the the new Rogers hardware, they look exactly the same today. For what it’s worth, whoever installed the new Rogers hardware did a 100% professional job. One of the mounted toms has a extra tiny hole next to the muffler. I’ll assume this was a factory mistake but at this point who knows?

26″ bass drum, 16×16″ floor tom and 14×12″ and 13×9″ toms in Black Diamond Pearl finish. The 16″ floor tom is the only drum that remains original and unaltered.

1942-1947 WWII aluminum cloud badge. This was the last version of the cloud badge before Slingerland updated to their more modern looking oval badge in 1948. The bass drum still has the original hand painted Slingerland Radio King logo calf heads and bass drum case.

I guess it “is what it is” now.  The drums look and sound amazing. They’d enhance any studio, stage  or collection they find their next home in.

Shipping: $195.00

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