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The other unique feature of Slingerland drums was the triple flanged Rim-Shot hoops which bend over and in towards the centre of the drums rather than out like on other American hoops.
The hoops on this set are also chrome over brass, adding to the quality and tone of the drums.
“I bought the kit from Anthony Defusco, a really helpful guy who owns The Village Drum and Music Shop, Scituate, Rhode Island,” says Simon. “Check out the site, the shop looks like a shack!
“The finish was available from 1970 to 1973. However, I think it first appeared in the 1969 catalogue. Pete Cater examined the kit at the NDF and he thought the tom holder might be a prototype as it has ‘Patent Applied For’ on it and has a matt silver finish, not the chrome plate of later models.”
The Set-O-Matic tom holder took over from the ubiquitous Walberg & Auge-made Consolette which Slingerland had first revealed as the Ray McKinley Mount from the ’40s onwards.
The Set-O-Matic appeared at the tail-end of the ’60s, and was obviously a reaction to the huge success of Rogers’ Swiv-O-Matic system.