Dave’s second, Sparkling Gold, drum is from the same period. “Slingerland’s top-of-the-line snare, produced between 1934 and 1936, was the DuAll Radio model, or DuAll as it’s more commonly known today,” reveals Dave.
It’s a 14x5-inch model again and has a couple of remarkable features. The Slingerland company started out in 1923 making banjos, which were all the rage in the early part of the last century.
It was not until the 1928 catalogue that Slingerland turned its attention to drums. In doing so Slingerland adapted what it called the ‘Tone Flange’ from its banjo building know-how. This was a circular brass or aluminium collar, usually perforated with holes, which lay over the upper bearing edge.
As Dave explains, it “sat on a brass ring which in turn sat on levelling screws that were screwed directly into the bearing edge”.
Slingerland claimed: “The Tone Flange eliminates the ring and overtones which drummers have worried about for years. It rejuvenates and clarifies the tone and staccato notes ‘pop’ out like the crack of a machine gun.”