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Drummer519
02-03-2006, 05:48 PM
It's a Ludwig 5.5" x 14" in the Galaxy Sparkle finish. I don't know if it's an Acrolite although that's what I've been told. I picked up another older Acrolite with the Aluminum finish for $20 a few months ago. This one is in like-new condition and I got it for $30 with a stand and hard case. I'm going to re-head it and use it for a more orchestral/concert snare drum. I'm so psyched that I got it for only $30! Not a bad deal.

Sorry about the picture quality. I just took quick shots. I'm in the process of cleaning it.

Holybanana
02-03-2006, 05:49 PM
Cool!

nicka912
02-03-2006, 05:52 PM
Judging on badge color, shell color, and lugs... It looks to be an acrolite.

Drummer519
02-03-2006, 05:59 PM
Judging on badge color, shell color, and lugs... It looks to be an acrolite.
Cool. Should be nice to have two different acrolites around. One has a thin set of snares while the one I just got has about 14 to 20 I think. I've got the aluminum finished one cranked right now. It sounds about as close to a marching snare as I could get out of such a beast. :D

Pearldrummer10
02-03-2006, 06:32 PM
$30 bucks=great deal, where did u get a deal like that? on ebay that finish sells for quite a bit more than the regular chrome acrolites.


grant'

Drummer519
02-03-2006, 07:23 PM
$30 bucks=great deal, where did u get a deal like that? on ebay that finish sells for quite a bit more than the regular chrome acrolites.


grant'
A friend sold it to me so he could get some quick cash. How much have you seen the regular and the galazy sparkle acrolites go for? I have cases for both.

BloodMagician
02-03-2006, 07:42 PM
It's a newer Acrolite (80's to modern day), affectionately referred to as a "Blacrolite." Nice find and nice purchase!

Gilligan
02-04-2006, 09:13 AM
Sweet snare, I love black acro's too, the finish reminds me of inside an oven. My formula to get the best sound from them is Aquarian Jack DeJohnette batter, Aquarian Hi-performance snare-side, and Puresound 24's; with that combo, you have a $1500 sounding snare for about $100. The Black DeJohnette batter would look so cool on a black drum too.... DarthVader-esque

Pearldrummer10
02-04-2006, 03:31 PM
as little as about 60 bucks for regular acros and there is a galaxy black acro on ebay right now for 150 but its like mint. intersting in selling that black acro...?


grant'

Drummer519
02-04-2006, 03:40 PM
The one I have is in like-new condition. I just put new heads on it and tuned it up. I'll post pictures later. I love that thing.

I don't think I'm going to sell it, at least not for a while.

GCG199
02-04-2006, 05:09 PM
Actually, it was the 1994 Ludwig catalog that had the Acrolite finish switched to the current black galaxy finish. They also made the 6 1/2" x 14" size a standard catalog model at that time too.

Drummer519
02-04-2006, 08:11 PM
Actually, it was the 1994 Ludwig catalog that had the Acrolite finish switched to the current black galaxy finish. They also made the 6 1/2" x 14" size a standard catalog model at that time too.
Thanks for the history. I was a bit curious about that as well. I love the sound of this beast!

satchamo
02-05-2006, 09:34 AM
i have a blacrolite just like that, and i love it, that finish is actually incredibly beautiful under light

Gilligan
02-05-2006, 10:29 AM
Yes, when that finish 1st came out I hated it, but it has really grown on me. I think it would look so cool with matte black heads and gold-tone tension rods.

Drummer519
02-05-2006, 10:33 AM
Here are some pictures I took after cleaning, reheading and tuning it. (I also played it a bit :D )

Drummer519
02-05-2006, 10:34 AM
Yes, when that finish 1st came out I hated it, but it has really grown on me. I think it would look so cool with matte black heads and gold-tone tension rods.
I would love to see that. I may have to try the black head idea sometime. I'd rather not spend the money on diferent lugs/tension rods.

Gilligan
02-05-2006, 10:49 AM
Nice clean-up, I use a little auto-polish/wax (non-grit variety) to keep my chrome sparkling... You should get a lot of miles with it, how does it sound with new heads?

Drummer519
02-05-2006, 10:54 AM
Nice clean-up, I use a little auto-polish/wax (non-grit variety) to keep my chrome sparkling... You should get a lot of miles with it, how does it sound with new heads?
I used auto polish as well. It sounds great. The snare response is wonderful. I might tune it a bit higher though for a better feel.

nutzo_dot_net
02-05-2006, 10:57 AM
neat!