I used the same thought process towards saying the 275 bucks was a bargain!
The heads were the one thing on the drum that weren't perfect. They had some wear and the bottom head had a small rip. Still could have used them but I had new Ludwig heads top and bottom and thought I'd make it new again. Saving the original heads though.The heads looked perfect! Why not use them? They're the best heads you could put on the Acro ~
Thanks. I knew if I passed it up I would be kicking myself down the road.Wonderful drum. Here's a recent one on Ebay that was very original and brought $271 + shipping in spirited bidding. And it's clearly not as mint original as yours. Yours is an A+....that one is a B+ or A- and with no case, stand, pad, brochures....and no "story." You can't duplicate that stuff. You did well. Congrats.
An Ebay acro
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1969-LUDWIG-8-Lug-Chrome-Snare-Drum-5-x-14-Hard-Case-Stand-Sticks-/202694289585?hash=item2f318568b1:gdAAAOSwqGBc8IcJ&nma=true&si=WYLB0ap4bY44aq1G%2FZCmvclFwJM%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557I recently scored a mint 1968 Acrolite with the case, stand, sticks, practice pad, Ludwig brochures in the Ludwig folder and a couple drumming books on Ebay for $152 plus shipping. It even had a few drum exams from the original owner in one of the books! The drum just needed a little cleaning and I swapped out the original heads. The drum doesn't have a mark on it or one speck of rust, looks like a brand new 1968 Acrolite! Everything included was also in near new condition. The seller was an antique dealer and just listed it as a 1969 chrome Ludwig drum. Their was only 8 bids on it and I thought that it would get bid way up but it didn't. Every now and then you can still find a decent deal on Ebay.
Yeah, the description said minor scrapes and scuffs but there isn't a mark on the drum once I cleaned it. The top head did clean up pretty well but I put a new Ludwig coated on top and I had a near mint Ludwig snare side head already. Here's a few pictures of it now.https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1969-LUDWIG-8-Lug-Chrome-Snare-Drum-5-x-14-Hard-Case-Stand-Sticks-/202694289585?hash=item2f318568b1:gdAAAOSwqGBc8IcJ&nma=true&si=WYLB0ap4bY44aq1G%2FZCmvclFwJM%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
Seller's description of the snare was a bit on the negative. Even with that it still sold for decent money. How they clean up is always a guess. And the top head looks pretty nice. A little Dawn moistened with water via a greenie pad and most of the yellow and black staining will come off - leaving the coating intact. I like using the original heads on the 60's and 70's Ludwig snares.