Busy Day - Estate Sale and School Surplus Auction

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My son and I had a fun day today. Started out by getting in line early for an estate sale about 15 minutes from my house. Not surprisingly, the newer Pearl drums and Pulse cymbals were priced much higher than the dirty old Ludwigs and Zildjians. I left the Pearl and Pulse items for someone else to treasure. 22" Bass and 16" floor tom are WFL, 9x13" tom is Ludwig (about 1965), snare is a Transition badge Ludwig Pioneer in Black Diamond Pearl, and the Zildjians are Trans Stamp (12" hats and 15" crash, both very thin) and 70s Stamp 18" medium ride. A WFL Speed king high hat, Speed King bass pedal and an external bass muffler complete the ensemble. I will be on the lookout for a blue sparkle 9x13 WFL tom, a nickel WFL P-83 and a 22" WFL hoop. This is not the find of a lifetime, but I am very pleased.
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We then headed to a school surplus auction, but ran into some competition when they got to the musical instruments. I was outbid on some well used 70s Slingerland drums and a 32" Ludwig concert bass, but I did walk away with a nice set of Musser chimes (because, why not?). I will look for a school or pit drummer who might need them.
All and all, some quality time with my son and some future fun cleaning these up.
 

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Looks like the bass drum is a 12" x 22" New Yorker style?
 

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Good eye Tom. I had not really noticed that yet. I knew something looked a little different. Badge is not top dead center so the telescoping cymbal mount can be there. Floor tom has the spring loaded "clubdate style" leg mounts. I am pretty psyched. Funny thing was the T-rods and claws were in separate bags and one of the spurs and the cymbal arm were in a box of miscellaneous, all priced individually. Clearly not arranged by a knowledgeable drummer, but that also means they were not priced by a knowledgeable drummer. Drums were priced by size - 13" -$20, 14" - $30, 16" - $40, 22" - $50. So were the cymbals - 12" hats - $5 for the pair, 15" - $8, 18" - $10. As I said, I am happy. :) I did not have a lot of time to evaluate them, but for those prices, I just needed to buy them and get them to the van in a hurry. I am finally home and getting a chance to see what I bought.

Here is the picture that got me to the sale early.
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I love those old WFL drums. They're definitely my favorite era of Ludwigs. Good job finding a New Yorker bass drum. I've been looking for one of those for quite some time now.
 

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What a great way to spend a day! Nice snags Rick.

Is that a 12x22? Looks like it could be.
My 1959 12x22 Ludwig bass is perhaps the best sounding bass drum I own.
 

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Great finds there Rick! Will keep an eye out for a ride tom.
 

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My son and I had a fun day today. Started out by getting in line early for an estate sale about 15 minutes from my house. Not surprisingly, the newer Pearl drums and Pulse cymbals were priced much higher than the dirty old Ludwigs and Zildjians. I left the Pearl and Pulse items for someone else to treasure. 22" Bass and 16" floor tom are WFL, 9x13" tom is Ludwig (about 1965), snare is a Transition badge Ludwig Pioneer in Black Diamond Pearl, and the Zildjians are Trans Stamp (12" hats and 15" crash, both very thin) and 70s Stamp 18" medium ride. A WFL Speed king high hat, Speed King bass pedal and an external bass muffler complete the ensemble. I will be on the lookout for a blue sparkle 9x13 WFL tom, a nickel WFL P-83 and a 22" WFL hoop. This is not the find of a lifetime, but I am very pleased.
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We then headed to a school surplus auction, but ran into some competition when they got to the musical instruments. I was outbid on some well used 70s Slingerland drums and a 32" Ludwig concert bass, but I did walk away with a nice set of Musser chimes (because, why not?). I will look for a school or pit drummer who might need them.
All and all, some quality time with my son and some future fun cleaning these up.

Did you pick up those Oyster black Ludwig’s in the back too? Looks like a pioneer.
 

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Kevin - Yes. Tom (Speedy Keen) spotted it quickly. I had not noticed it right away.
Mike - Thanks. There is one on Ebay now, but I am concerned about color matching/fading issues.
costanza - I got the Pioneer about a month or so ago. The set came with the Supra pictured on the floor tom.
 
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I have started the clean-up of this set. Lots of grime, but they came out very nicely. This is just after soap and water. Should improve more with some Novus. Some old age spots, but they are almost 70 years old.
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How do you find out about school surplus auctions? I see estate sales all the time but have yet run into one of a former drummer! I did look at a house last year and it was owned by an elderly drummer who passed. His red Tama bop kit was part of the deal as were some of his cymbals - nothing fancy but still cool. But still not enough to convince my wife to buy it!
He had a sign in front - "Club Paxton" - because he would host jazz jams, and a lot of photos of jazz players (Coltrane, Miles, etc.)......

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There is an annual school surplus auction for one of the local districts. This event has gone on for several years, so I just monitor the auction house's future auction calendar each fall.
I have good luck with estate sales around here. In addition to the ones shown above, I have acquired a 60s Trixon set, a 60s Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl set, a 50s Slingerland BDP 8 lug snare. I was outbid on a 60's Ludwig Oyster Blue Pearl Downbeat set with cymbals at an estate auction earlier this year. There was an early 60s Black/Gold Duco Ludwig set offered last week, but that was gone before the sale started. I guess we just have been losing a lot of old drummers around here in recent years.
 

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Me jealous. All the estate sales in my area usually feature overpriced grandma slippers, toaster-ovens, and Popeil Pocket Fishermans'. School auctions are a real feast for collectors of vintage copying machines (particularly those that don't work and/or there are no longer parts for!).
 

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Here are the Blue/Aqua drums after some cleaning. I am looking for the right color tom (rather than the blue one from the 1960s) and one hoop inlay.
The Pioneer is currently being cleaned. I should have it ready after Thanksgiving.
 
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I will likely keep them until I get frustrated from not finding a matching tom. I may have a lead on a shell but color might not be right and it is missing its badge.
 


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