- Aug 25, 2009
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- southern California
Hi GeeDeeEmm!Ok . . . I'll be right upfront and say that I'm simply AMAZED that your last kit sold for $1600, and even more gob-smacked that somebody would ask $2200 for another bop kit - and that you are considering paying that. I'm not saying that either of you is crazy, just that I'm bewildered.
With very nice full-sized Slingerland kits selling in the sub-$600 price range, does that bop-sized bass drum really justify such a price? I'm just asking. Because that bass drum is the only element in this kit that separates it from a run-of-the-mill Slingerland kit. Sure, the bop kits are much more rare than typical kits, but does that justify a 400% price increase?
The only other Slingerland bop kit that I was able to locate in "sold" ebay auctions was a five-piece Artist Series kit with snare drum and cases. It sold for under $1300.
I must be missing something.
Concerning the 5pc Slingerland BOP kit that sold for "only" $1300, again, had to do with condition. I'll include some pictures. I exchanged quite a few messages with the seller, who was offering them on consignment for the owner. The drums were in incredibly clean condition. The highlights of the kit were the 14x18 bass drum and the 4x14 "Buddy Rich-style" snare drum, complete with Zoomatic strainer. Add in the beautiful, and original, "large-chip" Black Diamond Pearl and this was a really stunning kit! The drums were from the HSS era, around 1994, and made in Taiwan. The shells were 5-ply maple and mahogany, with the maple being North American (Canadian). These are really well-made drums. I've got a 4pc HSS Artist Custom from the same period, wrapped in an American Flag motif. You may have seen it here on the forum.
While definitely not on the same par as a Niles-built BOP kit, this Artist Custom was in fantastic shape and the selling price was justified! I just can't say the same thing for the Reverb kit!
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