I bought a used 14" x 5" Ludwig Acrolite snare from GC about a year ago. I was able to examine it, tune it and play it before I bought it. I believe I paid $79 USD for it. It looked as though it just came directly from Ludwig. I had no problems with it at all. I have heard of "used" horror stories and seen some used kits in pretty bad condition though. I for one would not buy anything used without being able to personally examine the product, GC or otherwise.