How much should I sell my drums for?

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  1. StonsonWiggles

    StonsonWiggles Member

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    Hello!
    So I've never posted on here so this should be fun!

    Any who, I have a custom made OCDP kit from the pre- Guitar Center take over days that I may be interested in selling. I just need help knowing what to sell it for, as I've never sold drums before. So please help a young amateur out :)

    On to the kit. Like I said earlier, It's an OCDP Custom kit from BEFORE guitar center took over. it's a 6 piece kit with the following dimensions: 22x22 Bass drum, 14x6.5 20 ply vented snare w/ a trick throw off , 10x9, 12x12, 16x15, and 18x16 toms. all have DW mounting hardware, and RIMS mounting systems. All drums are all maple in a Gray/blue satin stain, with offset lugs, and custom badges. I was told it was about $7,500 to have it custom made. So I'm thinking maybe I could get $3,500 for it?
    I'm of course still playing, I just don't like the sizes, and I want something with a different type of wood.
    So any input is helpful. Thanks! :)
     
  2. RIDDIM

    RIDDIM DFO Master

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    What have comparable kits have been selling for on EBay, Reverb, Facebook and CL?

    Once you do the research, you'll have a better idea.

    I'm thinking you'd be very lucky to get $1500 for it.

    Try selling the snare separately. You may do better financially.
     
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    Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot of sales of Orange County stuff. But on eBay I'm seeing stuff that isn't custom go for anywhere between $1,000-$2,000. And selling the snare is a good Idea!
    Thanks you!
     
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    mfryed2112 DFO Master

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    Anything custom means you paid to much and you're going to lose your azz!!!
     
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  6. felis

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    I'd say someone might not have paid too much if going custom meant they got every little detail exactly the way they wanted it.

    If they go to sell it though, then yes, be prepared to take a beating.
     
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    Friend,
    Those size are going to kill you on resale.

    Look at ebay alone, new top notch "normal" sized kits are less than a thousand dollars shipped.

    I have to echo riddm, try the snare alone, and 1500 will be tough.
     
  8. StonsonWiggles

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    That's what I was afraid of. Thank you!
     
  9. MrDrums2112

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    The 22x22 kick is just a hard sell. Best bet is to search eBay for completed deals, and see what similar configurations have sold for.
     
  10. StonsonWiggles

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    For sure! Thanks!
     
  11. TDM

    TDM Yapping Internet Mutt

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    StonsonWiggles,

    I agree with the person who said those sizes are a tough sell, especially the 22x22 bass drum. I don't know anyone who wants that size of bass drum as it's a PITA to move. The 10x9 and 12x12 are also a tough sell as box size rack toms (or close to box size rack toms) are very much out of style. Plus, those rack tom sizes (especially the 12x12) are hard to position comfortably over a bass drum. The 16x15 is a fairly desirable size for a floor tom, but pairing this with an 18x16 is, again, somewhat less desirable. Nowadays, many drummers want a 14 and 16 paring for floor toms.

    My guess is you'll do well to get between $1,000 and $2,000 USD for the kit. But hey, you may get more if you approach this in a "think outside the box" way. Craigslist, eBay, and public sites of this sort can sometimes be a useful indicator of prices. However, you'll likely get your highest price in a more private sale. If you advertise the drums locally (between friends, music students, etc.) and find someone who falls in love with them, that's probably your best chance of realizing highest value. For a private approach, try pricing the kit at $3,000 USD and see what happens. Take some fantastic pictures and be prepared to do some leg work promoting the kit. Also, be willing to let people come over and demo the drums. You want to find someone who isn't doing the "find the cheapest deal on eBay" method so you'll need to give potential buyers personalized, first class service. Good luck!
     
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    bongomania DFO Master

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    Another option would be to have a professional cut the drums down to better sizes. Yes that service will cost money, but then the drums might be more to your liking, and would also be easier to trade or sell.
     
  13. StonsonWiggles

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    Awesome! thank you all for the advice!
     
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    In case you don't decide to sell....

    I would have the toms cut down to maybe a 10x8 and 12x9 and the base to a 18 or 16.

    Good luck!!!
     
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    Here's another "crazy" idea. If all else fails, why not list the drums separately? There are some drummers out there (like me) who play strictly mismatched kits and absolutely LOOOVE deep toms. There's a drummer out there who would KILL for a 12x12 tom; something nobody else has.

    If this were my kit, this is what I'd do:

    Cut down the bass to 16x22 or 18x22.
    Leave the 9x10 as is.
    Leave the 12x12 as is. (I'm tall and sit high anyhow)
    Leave the 15x16 as is.
    Sell the 18" tom.
     
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    In reality buyer/age group is what it is.

    When I was younger I wanted the biggest power tom set I could get my hands on. I thought I had to have what I saw on TV. I eventually got what I wanted then found out that stage size dictated drum set size. And there were some nights that I didn't use everything that was set up. Only one time in all these years did I use all of the drums at one show for one song.

    Now that I'm 71 years old; oh no not me! My bass is 16x22, I converted my 18 tom to 16x18 bass and love it. I only use two or three toms at any gig. If I was to purchase another set today the bass would not be any larger than 14 or 16 x 20. I like 8x10, 9x12 and 14x14 or maybe 16x16 but not both floor toms. If I can not fit a full set on an R12 Rock and Roller cart or pack it in my truck with ease I don't want it.

    So, what I'm trying to say is; if I were you try to target the younger generation if you are selling the full set as is.

    Big toms create the big full sound from Big Band to Rock and today's Country.

    Good luck,
    sherm
     
  17. RogersLudwig

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    Cherryclassic makes a good point. A list of Ocdp endorsers on Wikipedia has Travis barker, Adrian young and a bunch of guys I've never heard of, probably because I'm 66 And just don't keep up with current musical acts. You're going to have to target a market that's much younger than my age group. Keep that in mind when you're developing any sales material/ads that you put together. You might also see if Guitar Center would give you a fair price if you want to order a new drum set through them. You may be able to find a used set at GC that you'd like and make a deal for it using the Ocdp as a trade-in.

    Personally, off-set lugs, odd sized toms, and 22" deep bass drums are a big turn off for me, but there is a market or they wouldn't have sold as many as they have. My biases are just that, personal preferences. You haven't mentioned how you got them or how much you paid for them. That will probably influence how much you're willing to take for them.

    Custom kits from major or even small boutique companies are a good idea only if you are planning to keep them and don't care about resale value. If that's the case, then personal satisfaction trumps resale value. Just my $.02.

    Good luck and keep us posted on how this turns out. So welcome to the forum And post some photos. We all get jacked up over drum porn.
     
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    Thank you all so much for the advice! I'm putting it up this week, and I'll post some photos as well!
     
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    Best of luck!
     

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