How much is this red vistalite worth?

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Sizes: 8/10/14/18/22

shells are in good shape, a few scrapes, but no cracks. Some pics attached, badge on the smaller tom a bit roughed up.

Bass drum hoops covered in tape; need to be restores
Missing bottom hoop t-rods and skin on 18”.
tom mount has a tama bottom.

Thought I might keep them but I’m moving in a year and just don’t need more stuff.

I live In a smaller city and doubt I’d get a good price locally. What do you think it’s worth? Anyone interested?
 

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Based on my research and market value if all items were in good shape and ready to play, you may be able to ask $2000.00.

Based on the current condition of what you have, maybe $800.00 to the right person?

I was thinking as a buyer $500.00.

I'm no expert so you can throw my opinion out with the bath water. I'm looking at it from a buyers point of view without trying to insult.
 

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Based on my research and market value if all items were in good shape and ready to play, you may be able to ask $2000.00.

Based on the current condition of what you have, maybe $800.00 to the right person?

I was thinking as a buyer $500.00.

I'm no expert so you can throw my opinion out with the bath water. I'm looking at it from a buyers point of view without trying to insult.
all good dude! Just looking for thoughts since I can’t find a kit like this on sold eBay listings.
 

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IIRC, red is a sought after color. I sold a white vista on reverb a few years back for about $1500, but that was in Bonham sizes.

It's really hard to estimate prices for something so niche. It'll be worth a lot more to the right collector.

The drummer from Sumac/Baptists works at a Rufus Drum Shop in Vancouver BC and seems to be a Vistalite expert. I suggest calling them. https://www.rufusdrumshop.com/
 

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That is a little tough for accessing bigger markets. Maybe try advertising in Edmonton if you’re down to meat halfway
Good idea.
IIRC, red is a sought after color. I sold a white vista on reverb a few years back for about $1500, but that was in Bonham sizes.

It's really hard to estimate prices for something so niche. It'll be worth a lot more to the right collector.

The drummer from Sumac/Baptists works at a Rufus Drum Shop in Vancouver BC and seems to be a Vistalite expert. I suggest calling them. https://www.rufusdrumshop.com/
This is a really good idea. I've thought about reaching out to them; juts a bit far. But, if I can get a lot for them, it'll be worth it. I love that shop too; the only place I've gotten to play a Dunnett kit - which are great, BTW.
 

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I love that shop too; the only place I've gotten to play a Dunnett kit - which are great, BTW.
I've never been, but it's on the list when I visit friends there in a few months.

re: the Dunnett kit, just the thought makes me drool a little bit.
 

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I've never been, but it's on the list when I visit friends there in a few months.

re: the Dunnett kit, just the thought makes me drool a little bit.
Take it all in while you're there - there are wood-hooped custom drums, by Klemm drums, Woods Custom Drums, Dunnett, the new WFL snares - it's not an enormous section at the commercial drive spot, but you can plan some cool stuff.

Also if you like sushi go to Kadoya Sushi on Denman street! I think it's my favorite in Vancouver.
 

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Nice 5pc Red Vistalite kits have recently been selling for $1200-1800 on Reverb with some excellent kits hitting the $2000-2400 range.

My guess is with the concert toms, missing rims and current condition you might be able to get $1000-1200 on a good day.
 

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i owned 2 vista sets 1 clear 1 blue
the clear was a 5 pc. i got $1500 for it
the blue was a 6 pc. and i got $1650 for it .... that was the time the vistas were up in price
you should be able to get between 7 or 8 hundred bucks
 

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Thanks Bob & Rikkrebs!

I'm tempted to drill the 14" for bottom heads and keep it as a gig kit - if I ever join another band - is this a complete sin for a red vistalite? I'm a woodworker and have done some drum modification successfully in the past; although never working with acrylics.
 

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Thanks Bob & Rikkrebs!

I'm tempted to drill the 14" for bottom heads and keep it as a gig kit - if I ever join another band - is this a complete sin for a red vistalite? I'm a woodworker and have done some drum modification successfully in the past; although never working with acrylics.
Back in the 1970's I had a blue vistalite set, and my tom holder stripped out. So I purchased a Slingerland Set-O-Matic double tom holder and drilled the shells to accommodate. Of course that was in the 70's before everything became collectable.
 

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you need to think about the cost of shipping too...those are big/heavy....

I have a blue fibes kit (never seen another for sale) and I'm having trouble selling because of shipping and I'm outside of Boston. Maybe the next CT (now MA) drum show....dunno
 

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Seems like a cool kit. I'd fix the bearing edges/drill the toms for bottom rims and keep it. But I probably value vistas more highly than the average drummer.
 

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Seems like a cool kit. I'd fix the bearing edges/drill the toms for bottom rims and keep it. But I probably value vistas more highly than the average drummer.
That's what I'm leaning towards - it's a sweet kit, sizes are okay, really good shape, and I got this, set of cymbals, and a full set of hardware for $900 canadian; so I suspect I'll never get this good of a deal on a vistalite again.
 


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