Dating rogers snare drums
Slingerland ceased making electric instruments in 1940 in order to exclusively focus on producing percussion instruments.
The company remained in the Slingerland family until 1970.
The popularity of the old Slingerland Radio King snare drum is evidenced by myriad professional drummers that still use the snare in 2017, despite endorsing other brands.
A departure from the standard Slingerland product line occurred during World War II, when wood was used to manufacture drum parts that had traditionally been made of brass, chrome, nickel, and steel.
Older Radio Kings are obsessively collected by vintage drum enthusiasts.
Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were both Radio King endorsers.
These drums were introduced in 1936-'37, and remained Slingerland's flagship snare drums and drum sets until 1957, when the Radio King model briefly disappeared from the product line.
Between 19, Radio Kings were reintroduced and remain the premier product for the Slingerland Drum Company.
Another late-'70s innovation was the Slingerland cutaway multi-tenors that were carried in trios, quad, or quint arrangements.
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.