History of Drums Part 1. Ludwig and Slingerland Flange Hoops
HOOPS, MOUNTS, PEDALS, ETC.
In this section, various miscellaneous components of vintage drums (1923-1965) will be addressed. Due to the numerous photos and catalog images, this page may take a long time to load. Your patience is appreciated!
The hoops or rims of the early 1920’s were mostly metal bands, shaped into a circle with a single bend or flange added for stability. Hoop clips were used to attach to the top of the hoop so that it could be pulled downward or upward exerting tension on the drum head. The threaded tension rods were then inserted through the hole in the rim clip.
1923 LUDWIG & LUDWIG SINGLE FLANGE HOOP WITH CLIPS
Various hoop clips made by Slingerland, Ludwig & Ludwig and Leedy throughout the years (left) 1930’s Slingerland clip (right)
Leedy snare drums of the early 1920’s had an extra flange that protected the “flesh collar” of the drum head. Unlike the other drum companies, Leedy snare drum hoops did not use rim clips on their top of the line snare drums but instead, had holes at equal intervals around the flange through which the tension rods were inserted. By 1924, curved bends were added around these holes to protect the tension rods. The snare side (bottom) had n outward flange for the snare string to pass through. Until 1935, Leedy was the only company to offer the “modern” double flange hoops on their snare drums.
Like Leedy, Slingerland incorporated an extra flange which served to cover the collar of the drum head but hoop clips were used. The Slingerland snare side (bottom) hoops also had an outward flange for the snare string. These Slingerland double flange hoops were quite heavy.
Late 1920’s SLINGERLAND DRUMS WITH DOUBLE FLANGE HOOPS AND CLIPS
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