Dating premier drum badges
Royalstars = Luan shells that were given an exterior ply of birch and then matte-lacquered, with stained interiors, vertical-grain Luan shells and (lighter-weight) Royalstar hardware and fittings. Don't forget the Tama/Camco drums that had the round lugs.
Imperialstars = Zola-coated (interior) and wrapped (exterior) Luan shells (Tama called them Phillippine Mahogany) with Superstar hardware and fittings. There were some royalstars that has some other sort of figured wood veneer on the outside for a while too.
Clues to be used in dating a Slingerland drum can be found all around the drum and can help you occasionally home in on an exact date of the drum.
The lack of accurate serial number recording and large overlaps and reissues of shell veneers and labels can make dating the drums slightly more difficult than other drum brands. The drum badge is one of the easiest ways to accurately date a Slingerland drum. From 1928-1948, Slingerland used metal badges with a more floral shape.
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