1966 Acrolite Stored Unplayed In A Closet For 46 Years

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That's a beauty!
That's amazing that his mom spent $105 for that back in 1966. See the picture I posted:
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This makes today's new Acrolites seem like a bargain at $430, LOL!!
I used the same thought process towards saying the 275 bucks was a bargain!

The crazy thing is the guy said at the same time his mother bought a trumpet and a trombone for his brother and sister. I can't imagine what that bill was, and in today's dollars! He said they were not poor but definitely not rich. Most folks wouldn't be able to swing it.
 

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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
 

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I 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.
 

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What a treasure. I,d take the original heads off and put them away forever. New fresh Ambs will be just fine.
 

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The heads looked perfect! Why not use them? They're the best heads you could put on the Acro ~
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.
 

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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.
Sometimes I wonder if some chuck them if slightly worn. The early 60's Ludwig heads are particularly nice if you find drums with them. They're heavier and thicker ~ but I have no data on this.

Congrats on your snare. Enjoy it!
 

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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
Thanks. I knew if I passed it up I would be kicking myself down the road.
 

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I 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.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1969-LUDWIG-8-Lug-Chrome-Snare-Drum-5-x-14-Hard-Case-Stand-Sticks-/202694289585?hash=item2f318568b1:g:xdAAAOSwqGBc8IcJ&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.
 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1969-LUDWIG-8-Lug-Chrome-Snare-Drum-5-x-14-Hard-Case-Stand-Sticks-/202694289585?hash=item2f318568b1:g:xdAAAOSwqGBc8IcJ&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.
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.
 

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