I bought a B-stock Gretsch Bell Brass, and it was ok cosmetically, but the strainer had a broken plastic strap. Lesson learned? Caveat emptor.
Why not ask the seller to specify what the blemish/ defect is?Sounds like they should charge extra for that.
So I'm maybe working a deal for an aluminum 6.5x14 Supra B with a couple of vendors and might give it a go. I lost my GAS a while back and sold off a few snares I tried and wasn't crazy about. I have an Oriollo aluminum "frankenstein" snare that I absolutely love and I'd like to give the Supra a try. We'll see.
Thanks for the replies everyone.
If it's a dealer you have a relationship with, you can usually get them to let you in on it, but (weirdly), a lot of places won't reveal that information.Why not ask the seller to specify what the blemish/ defect is?
I have a 2020 B-stock LM402... took a good while to find any blemish... turned out to be a small discolored area on the inside of the shell. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase Ludwig B-stock again.Never bought a B-stock item and I've read what the "imperfections" could be but it could be anything from how I understand it.
I keep looking at Supras and see a lot of new B-stocks reasonably priced but it seems like it could be spin-the-wheel maybe and is it worth it to save a Benj or two?
Who's bought B-stock items and what did you find with them?
That is odd! In another thread I wrote that there was a B-Stock CM snare drum for sale on Ludwig’s Reverb Shop that I was considering buying. After two requests to specify what the defect was I got a generic non-specific response from Ludwig. I passed.If it's a dealer you have a relationship with, you can usually get them to let you in on it, but (weirdly), a lot of places won't reveal that information.
Which is odd, because it seems like that'd be saving them a possible return.
That seems to be an exception to what people normally get when buying B-stock but if flaws like that do get sold under that heading it would be cause for concern when buying such a drum. Does sound like something I wouldn't accept either.I ordered a B-stock Supra many years ago, figuring the flaw was probably something minor or barely noticeable. When I got it, the throwoff and butt plate were drilled in the wrong panels and it was just awkward to use, so I returned it.
The shell without rims rocks ??Question for the experts.
The Supra B came in and I'm looking it over as thoroughly as I can, not seeing anything out of the ordinary. I decided to swap out the heads and wires because I have good ones and I notice after putting the rims on the snare rocks on a flat surface. Moreso on the snare side with a definite tilt toward the strainer. On a flat surface (marble counter top and others) you can see gaps between the rim on both the strainer and butt side. The batter rim has a slight less rock.
Seems like a problem to me but I wanted to ask, thanks for your responses.