I buy an Acrolite?
is commonly discussed on drum forums that you should
have an Acrolite in your collection. It is a relatively
cheap drum that can be a back up drum for any situation.
can I find an Acrolite?
of the cheapest Acros can be found at garage sales,
flee markets, pawn shops or Salvation Army locations.
You will find them on Ebay and the price will vary
is the best Acro?
They are all good snare drums, but many vintage players
like the 60's version over the 70's version with powder
coat. They are both equally as good drums.
Value of a vintage Acro?
Ok, let's just say everything being equal in regards
to condition and originality.
Acrolite - $150 - $200 +/- (Smooth shell)
70's Acrolite - $100 - $175 +/- (Smooth shell)
70's Acrolite - Painted Shell B/O badge $75 - $125
80's - 90's Black Acrolite*
$75 - $150 +/-
New Acrolites - Retail $250 +/-
reason the Black Acrolite, also called the "Blackrolite"
sells in that range is people compare and price them
to the current retail price and that will keep them
in that price range.
prices are ranges and there are times where mint drums
and drums with the case and stand sell for more. I have
also purchased Acrolites that people have painted and
if they are missing parts or have problems they sell
for less in each price range.
"First Generation" snares sell in the $400
- $600 depending on the market. These have aluminum
hoops that are the same material as the shell. There
are variations and transition drums with different parts.
you find 6 1/2"
Acrolite, I would put it in the same price range
as the first generation version but would expect it
to sell for more.
Should I re-paint my Acro?
would not re-paint the drum if it is a player and you
like the sound of the drum. If you are trying to be
creative and do not care about the resale of the drum,
them by all means have at it. They are plentiful!