thanks for your reply....nickel hardware on late 1950's early 1960' Ludwig drums in the catalog are about $6.00 less on the jazz fest, not a lot of money in todays time, but back then people got about
$1.50 cents an hour, that's a half a days pay back then...stay safe...
I think Mr Bennett pulls the prices out thin air. His prices are ridiculous most of the time. He probably doesn't really want to sell the stuff that has the out of this world prices but would let it go if the right rich guy was willing to buy them.
The no fade lines on a drum that clearly didn't spend it's life in a case in a closet doesn't strike you as odd?
I hate to break it to you but the wrap going into the skarf joint doesn't mean anything. It's not that hard if you know what you are doing. Nobody is going to do it on a run of the mill rewrap because of the work involved but it is possible. I feel confident I could do it. And no, I will not give any details about how you would do it. I read an interview with Bun once and he talked about fake BOP jazz festivals that had the wrap going into the scarf joint.
I am of the opinion that a genuine BOP Ringo spec Jazz Festival would go for around $5K to 6K.
I would never buy one based on a few pictures on an ebay auction. I would want it authenticated in person.
That is interesting about people that can remove wrap out of a scarf joint and replace it. I do know that I would never spend this kind of money on a drum like this without inspecting it personally and having someone else like jack Lawton or Gary Astridge authenticate it. I still have no reason to believe that the seller is being dishonest in any way but it probably would help things if he had a few notable guys in the business weigh in after looking at it.