Dating slingerland drums by serial number
As to dating, looking inside the shells is certainly the first place I'd look.
The serial numbers and badges can give you a vague idea of the date, but not much more.
Dr CJW Dr CJW: Thanks very much for your in depth post. So actually misteranderson - the black & brass badges on your kit along with the Set-O-Matic by themselves would only indicate 1968 - 1970; more features of your drums would have to be considered to pin things down further. There are a couple differences between my kit and Agop's, other than the color.
Pics The sizes of the Drums are: 14x14 floor tom, 12x9 rack tom, 14x8 snare. I certainly do not know enough to narrow it down any further than that.
I dug around quite a bit on ebay regarding the various pieces.
The floor tom will be the most valuable piece, probably go in the 0-300 range.
And BTW - it is a common belief, stemming from some sincere but nonetheless erroneous publications, that the aluminum version of the Set-O-Matic was used by Slingerland only in 1968. Agopsalott: Yes, very nice, the 18 is far more rare. The snare matches nicely but actually has a clear lacquered mahogany outer ply, as opposed to the outer ply of your kit drums, which are maple stained to a walnut color.
That is false, the aluminum Set-O-Matic was Slingerland's flagship tom holder throughout 19. You can see the classic and distinct grain pattern and texture differences between the maple and the mahogany. Dr CJWAnd BTW - it is a common belief, stemming from some sincere but nonetheless erroneous publications, that the aluminum version of the Set-O-Matic was used by Slingerland only in 1968.