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Geardaddy

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I was checking out Craigslist yesterday when an ad for Snare drum and stand caught my eye. I pulled up the ad and saw two very bad pictures (See the first 2 pictures below).
The price was cheap and I could see what I thought were Imperial lugs so I sent an email to the seller. A couple of hours later he responded and said to come over and check it out. When I get to the house, the snare is sitting on the front steps with a note saying that he was busy, but to check out the snare and if I wanted to buy it to just leave the money under the rug on the steps.

It took me about 5 seconds to determine that the drum is an early 60s Ludwig Super. When I picked it up it was so heavy I knew it was a brass shell. I left the money under the rug and left as quickly as I could.

The last 3 pictures are some I took of the drum when I got it home. Its dirty and has some dents, dings and scrapes, but it will clean up nicely. Overall a great score on a very desirable snare.

 

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Very nice!

I'd have to assume given the circumstances of the buy that it was an incredible deal.
 

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This is too good to be true! He left it on the front steps?! Happy for you......marko
 

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Well done and congratulations! That good karma came back around to you!

Mike
 

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What a trusting soul! Maybe he has a Harley for sale? Seriously, great snag and even better story. Post pics of the "after" drum.
 

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Thanks Mike. I honestly was not expecting anything like this when I went to look at the drum. I was figuring it would probably be a pitted Supra with missing and/or replaced parts at best. Definitely blown away by what I ended up with. I started pulling it apart to clean it up and literally the only non-original part on the drum is the batter head. All of the tension rods and washers are there, the snare wires aren't all stretched out and the P-83 is in good working order. I'm going to give it a thorough cleaning, polish it up and give it some serious playing time.
 

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Nice! I know it's kind of in bad taste to ask ... but we all know the going rate on these and are dying to know exactly how much of a score was it?
 

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I was the person that called 2nd, unfortunately. The owner promised to get back to me if geardaddy didn't show up.

I thought I'd just missed out on a beat up supra. Now I wish I'd never seen this post! :)

Congrats, geardaddy!

(To everyone wondering, the price was well under $100)
 

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