Hi all just wondering what the rarest acrolite is ? I've been after one and someone wants to swap a geo way studio snare and 75 quid , I can't find any online worth that , aparantly its corca 1960 with original strainer ? Nealio
the rarest I believe is some that a school in NY had made for their music dept. It was a 6.5 x 14 with 10 lugs, basically the same thing as now but it had an internal dampening device. You see some for sale every now and then. here is some more info.
The rarest Acros are the prototype pre serial number drums,which were welded,and not spun.The aluminum used was embossed, bent and welded at the seam and also used a re-inforcement plate at the seam,which was also welded.The lugs were actually pot metal classic lugs,which had a brushed chrome finish.Many people believe they were alunimum,but they were not.The triple flanged rims were however aluminum,and very fragile.The drums snare beds were crimped also.The shell size was 14x5 with a P-83/32 strainer and butt..
The second rarest is the NY City Board of Education Acro.This drum used the same shell as the Ludwig LM 402 supraphonic,14 x 6.5,but it wasn't chrome plated,and had the brushed aluminum finish of the standard acrolite.This Board of Ed drum as its known,also had 10 classic or bowtie lugs to the 8 lugs on the standard acro(LM 404).The badge was a serial numbered 60's Ludwig keystone badge.Basicly the same drum as the LM 405,but without the P-85 and black galaxy finish.
Both of these drums were custom built and not a catalog item.")