Dating slingerland snare drums
The cutaway design was first used in 1977 by the Santa Clara Vanguard under drum caption head Fred Sanford and the Oakland Crusaders under Tom Float.Famous drum corps such as the 27th Lancers of Revere, Massachusetts under Charlie Poole, the Bridgemen of Bayonne N. under Dennis Delucia, the Chicago Cavaliers under Gus Barbaro and Brian Callahan, the Pittsburgh Royal Crusaders and the General Butler Vagabonds all used Slingerland equipment in the late 1970s and early 1980s.During the late 1970s, Slingerland introduced its TDR marching snare drum, with a novel strainer and synthetic-gut snare that produced a distinctive sound.
This was due to high demand for metals needed for the war effort.
These drums were named the "Rolling Bomber" series, and are highly collectible.
The original Radio King snare drum is distinguished by its construction: rather than several plies of mahogany, like most snare drums of the era, a Radio King drum is created from a single piece of steam-bent maple with solid maple reinforcement rings, which assist in keeping the drum round under the pressure of the metal hardware attached to it, along with the wear and tear drums are regularly exposed to.
Single-ply wood drums are known for their resonance and bright tone.
Older Radio Kings are obsessively collected by vintage drum enthusiasts.