WWII era Slingerland 15x12" marching parade snare drum with military serial number: W669-QM-19239.
Single Tension Model No. 634 in Slingerland 1940's catalogs.
Nice 65+ year-old drum with most of it's original parts. Not a perfect museum piece, but priced to sell with a no reserve starting price for bidding.
Rare original aluminum cloud badge, white with maroon incised logo is in excellent condition and dates the drum 1942 to 1947- ()
I'm told by an Army veteran friend, about the serial number W669-QM-19239 branded into the wood shell: W669- designates World War II, QM- Quarter Master inventoried item, 19239 is an inventory item number. This is not a Slingerland factory number.
Very good condition overall. Good appearance and character for a used 1940's musical instrument. The shell is in round with no extra holes or structural issues. The finish is average with s ome fading on one side. There is a ghost image of a U.S. insignia which has been lost over the years. The solid maple hoops are intact with only slight bending. One of the tension rods has stripped threads but does hold the claw in place. A Slingerland Radio King replacement tension rod and claws set are included to make the drum playable with no repair needed (see last pic).
The aluminum 1940's badge is in excellent condition but is loose. It's securely attached to the shell with the original grommet.
All the tension rods and claws, strainer bracket and butt are nickel plated brass except for the steel shafts of the tension rods (see pics). The sling D-ring is lacquered brass. The strainer sliding face plate is chromed.
Drum was missing a few original parts, some of which I have replaced with newer Slingerland parts:
The strainer face plate has been replaced with a Slingerland Rapid Strainer part which works just like the original part. The original strainer tension knob is missing, replaced with a brass screw. If I can locate a replacement knob, I will include it and post a photo. The snare wires were gone and were replaced with a used set in fair condition but work fine.
A vintage Ludwig snare side head is broken and the Weather King batter on top is in good shape. Heads would need replacing for best sound.
This drum tunes up well and sounded very good before the bottom head finally gave out, which was over 40 years old. It can be replaced with a modern head for under $20. I reduced the Buy It Now price to reflect this.
Overall, a great vintage drum for use or display.
I played snare for four years in high school marching and concert band, a pro drummer for 40 years since. Check my feedback. I guarantee satisfaction by eBay rules. Returns accepted.
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