The "Slingerland Drum Company" was founded by Henry Heanon "H. Slingerland had won a correspondence school of music in a card game aboard one of the gaming boats that once cruised Lake Michigan.
He then opened a music school in Chicago, and soon turned to manufacturing instruments as well.
Older Radio Kings are obsessively collected by vintage drum enthusiasts.
Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were both Radio King endorsers.
The veneers were also reissued occasionally and can make dating a Slingerland drum difficult.
The best way to date a drum by veneer is to find a veneer guide online, such as the Slingerland finish guide on and compare pictures of your Slingerland drum with pictures of dated veneers.
In 1998, Slingerland released a model based on its Gene Krupa signature drum kit.
He has worked as a staff writer for the "Pensacola News Journal" and is the author of Moon Handbook's "Guide to the Florida Gulf Coast." Kinser earned an Associate of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in biology from Pensacola State College.
Production of drums was started in 1927 in answer to the entry of the Ludwig & Ludwig drum company into the banjo market. The Songster electric guitar, featured in a 1939 company catalog, pre-dates Les Paul's "log" guitar and is probably the earliest Spanish-style solid-body electric guitar model.
The guitar's pickup includes individual string magnets as well as a large horseshoe magnet.
From 1961-86 they were manufactured in Niles, Ill., and for one year from 1965-66 they manufactured their drums in a plant in Shelby, Tenn. Copies of original Slingerland ads that show the drums in their original condition and note the dates they were sold can easily be found and purchased online.
This is an accurate way to compare and date Slingerland drums.