Q: Good evening. Very nice drum you have It dates to a narrow range from 1955 - early 1956. The stamped brass "dogtag" badge was in fact in use from 1953 through mid-1956, but the lugs on this drum (the "Sound King" design) were introduced in 1955, so that's the earliest it can be. The "three point" strainer with bridges is a desireable snare system, more so than the more common "Super" (aka "clamshell") strainer. It also has a one-ply, solid maple shell (as opposed to the 3 ply mahogany/poplar shells most makers including Sling used on their lower-line snares) which makes it more valuable. I imagine you know this, but mentioning it in the listing would attract more attention. Good luck with it. Mike Stevesand
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