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Old 04-03-2013, 12:29 PM
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Default How to inspect a snare drum

I'm planning to buy a snare drum which is in great condition from another
owner. It's a Pork Pie Bob 6.5x14 and he's selling it to me for $269 which is
the price for a brand new one. I already asked him to reserve it for me but
I want to inspect the snare closely.

Can you give some tips on how to inspect a snare? Do you feel that this deal
is good? I've already seen it but haven't properly tested it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:59 PM
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I'm planning to buy a snare drum which is in great condition from another
owner. It's a Pork Pie Bob 6.5x14 and he's selling it to me for $269 which is
the price for a brand new one. I already asked him to reserve it for me but
I want to inspect the snare closely.

Can you give some tips on how to inspect a snare? Do you feel that this deal
is good? I've already seen it but haven't properly tested it.
Just hang on a minute, you're buying a used snare drum for the same price as a new one? Go & buy a new one, it comes with a warranty!
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:09 PM
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Can you give some tips on how to inspect a snare?
Playing the thing is always a good start. Check for any obvious damage. Check for any obvious out of round issues. Take the heads and hoops off and inspect thoroughly if you're completely unsure or in doubt.

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Do you feel that this deal is good?
Used snare for the price of a new one? In a word, no. You're getting hosed.

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Go & buy a new one, it comes with a warranty!
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:10 PM
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The owner said that he only used the snare for like a couple of
weeks. Does that change anything? hehehe.

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:58 PM
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The owner said that he only used the snare for like a couple of
weeks. Does that change anything? hehehe.
No it doesn't. Tell him he can sell it to someone else for that price and that be can get back to you when he realizes ha can't sell it for that. But tell him to act fast cos you're on your way to get a new one with a warranty - you know, so you don't have to worry so much about finding what might be wrong with it.

But if he comes down on his price or you otherwise want to get another used drum, one thing to check for on a metal drum is if it's still round. I picked up a used Supra a couple years ago that had been "bounce tested" (dropped). It was pretty hard to spot since both the hoop and the shell were slightly bent in the exact same way, so on first glance everything looked normal. It wasn't until I went to put new heads on it that I was like, "Hey, wait a minute ... !" So pay special attention to that, maybe take the heads off to make sure they sit comfortably on the drum without a hoop and that the heads sit inside the hoops nicely.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:36 PM
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Does that change anything?
Once more, no. If you're that eager to drop $269, just go and buy a new one and be done with it.

Let him try to sell it to some other poor unsuspecting sod for that price......bet you he can't.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:52 PM
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The owner said that he only used the snare for like a couple of
weeks. Does that change anything? hehehe.
No it dosen't.Used is used...there's no getting around that.Welcome to the real world.

When you buy a brand new car,and drive it off the lot,as soon as the wheels hit the pavement,it devalues in price.Few if ANY dealers will take the car back for full retail price.

I'm sure the seller is thinking,that places like Guitar Center do this.They let you take an instrument home for say 30 days,and if your not satisfied,then return it for a full refund.So in other words...it's worth the same new as used.

Unless this guy has a guitar center sign in his front window...that just DON'T fly.

The warrantee is NOT transferable,so just stop being impatient(as in ,I gotta have it yesterday) and just buy a new drum,pay the additional tax,and get the warrantee...period.

This is a no brainer,and there is NO version of this deal that is good for you at all.

Steve B.

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:59 PM
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Offer $180 and be ready to walk if he doesn't go for it.
Then proceed to buy a new one if you want it that bad.

Inspection of snare? - check strainer, lugs, adjustments, look for dented sides or warped rims, look inside, hit the damn thing...if it sounds good, you're in business. But don't get hosed.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:15 AM
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Default Re: How to inspect a snare drum

Thanks so much for the replies everyone! Really appreciate it.

I've been thinking twice from the beginning because of the price point
and the fact that it's already used. Your insights have solidified my decision.

Thanks everyone!
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