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Was wondering if I can get a little help with trying to pinpoint the year of production for one of my snare drums.
I've done some research and believe that it was made in the late 70's but am disappointed that I can't get any real serial number info.
What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making.
One day a box of drum badges could turn up or in many cases new serial number badges were put on top of older serial number badges making it difficult for us today to know exactly when the drum was made.
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Here are some pics of the features that I used to age this thing.
Unfortunatly the tension knob was missing when I got the drum but it is a 3 hole Rapid strainer. My Slingy snare with serial # 234706 Niles brass/black badge is a six lugger. the shell interior appears to be natural unpainted mahogany.
The red glass glitter wrap is the darker shade of red which usually means that it is the "reversable" wrap with the dark blue (almost purple) glass glitter on the reverse side. I would like to find a tension knob for it and would also like to know what it's ballpark value is. I've had it for 20 years and have mostly kept it in case except when playing it with my cheap-ass TKO kit.