Gretsch snare drum dating
Unfortunately drum companies never really prescribed to any code of documenting a drum based on that serial number.In fact I once heard that they started using serial numbers not for their own use per say but so schools and institutions could keep track of instruments in inventory.I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items.In the 60's Insurance companies made it mandatory that serial numbers be put on items so they can be documented.Joshua Kinser began writing professionally in 1999.He has worked as a staff writer for the "Pensacola News Journal" and is the author of Moon Handbook's "Guide to the Florida Gulf Coast." Kinser earned an Associate of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in biology from Pensacola State College.Slingerland is a drum manufacturer originally based out of Chicago, Ill., that has produced quality drum sets and snare drums since 1928.
In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics.
Unfortunately still there is no exact science or way to pinpoint an exact date of a drums manufacture.
As collectors and historians we have to settle for a date range or a specific year at best.
Slingerland drum company manufactured drums at many different locations throughout the years.
For example, from 1928-61 their drums were manufactured in Chicago.