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Would You Buy Kit With Cracked Lacquer?

dustjacket

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Say, you saw a kit with cracked lacquer running along bass drum.
Kit is priced 1/3 of price.Everything else is pristine.
Shell itself has no cracks.

Thoughts?
 

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Yes, especially if its actual lacquer which is pretty easy to repair
 

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Nope. Would be worried about the rest of the kit.
 

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I passed on a Gretsch New Classic kit in Ocean Sparkle that had a lacquer crack running around the drum. I passed on it, and have regretted it. If it was 1/3 of the price, I might not have passed.

I have since seen several other NC kits with similar lacquer cracks. Makes you wonder about the finishing process for the lacquer. I suppose the drums may have cracked from temperature changes.
 

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Would it happen to be the white gretsch Catalina I saw on reverb?
 

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Absolutely, at 1/3 the price, that's a no brainer. And even though I am super fussy about my gear, I also recognize that they are just tools in a trade.
This, exactly. This is why I don’t mind playing cymbals with keyholes, edge dings, etc — if they sound great and cost less, it’s a win-win.
 

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I seriously doubt that finish is nitrocellulose lacquer (which is very easy to repair). However the finish cracks don’t bother me
 

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Whaaaa......doesn’t this come from the custom shop where one pays a bunch more to have the instrument(s) look vintage, or at least played out.....
You’d figure it would be 1/3 more...rather than a third of the price....if it’s all cracked up to be in the first place.
bt

oh yeah scoop ‘em while you can......besides you won’t feel so bad when you ding it......
 


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