That is a classy new addition to your drum family. When you find something that rare and nice, you have to jump on it. Congrats on the new snare!My new main snare.
Yes I am a Yamaha man, but this.. this is awesome sounding...
60's model. Paid 250,- € (+/- 338$) for the snare, a case and s&h. Quite a lot (even though this earlier model is harder to find in Europe) but still worth every Euro.
I'm now searching for the rare 60's 14x6,5 model too!
If you are asking this question, then you really have no idea what you are looking at. Go onto eBay. Do a search on 'Ludwig Acrolite.' Look at all of the pictures. Look for the common features that have been stated. Almost none of them will be chrome. So if its chrome, 99.99% its not an Acro. The Acro always has the center bead. It has 8 bowtie lugs in almost every case. It will have a Keystone badge or Blue and olive badge. The black galaxy has the black and white badge.This drum is on sale on CL near me. Owner doesn't know much about it. Is this an acrolite? The lugs make me think so but its missing the ridge running around the shell.
It came with a rolling case so I'm wondering if its one of those student snares. He's asking $75
Well, just to open up your horizon's a bit (hopefully not too big a derail...), you can also look for a Ludwig Standard Aluminum snare. Why do I bring it up? Same shell as the Supra and the Acro, except WITHOUT the center bead. They sound virtually the same, 8 lugs, and that silver pain that later Acros have. I'm only bringing it up since a)it is a close kissing sibling of the Acro and b)you might be able to score one on the cheap if the person doesn't know what they have..... Here is a thread talking about this drum: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105304I've been searching craigslist and used stuff at GC and Sam Ash and my price requirements and desire to have something "versatile" keep bringing me back to the Acrolite. I get the feeling a lot of people are selling them on CL for WAY lower than they are worth because GC doesn't seem to have any for less than 150$, some as high as $300. Where as I've seen some acros on CL for like $50.
So my question is: are there any Acros that are not good? Too old? Cheap Knockoffs that I should watch out for? Or are all authentic Acrolites created equal?
For some background I don't gig, tour or record. I'm a drummer getting back into this as a hobby after about 15 years away. All signs keep pointing me back to the acrolite... will it fit my needs?