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  1. Demon Speeding

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Regina, SK

    Default Vintage maple shell value?

    I'm looking for some older Pearl maple shells that I can piece together for a project kit, unless I can find a full kit that has the components I want. What I need to know is how to judge the value of a vintage Pearl maple shell. I live in Canada and it seems most of the good stuff is found in the US so paying for shipping alone can eat into my budget. Does a vintage maple shell hold it's value to the point where you'd expect to pay the same as if you were purchasing a more current and used Masters series maple shell?

    The bass drum here is advertised on ebay as a Made in Japan, KISS-era 22" bass drum shell in Silver Pearl. From the description, I would assume this to be a mid to late 70's maple shell. The seller wants $232 for the shell alone - no hardware or hoops. Is this a reasonable price considering I'd also have to pay around $100 to have it shipped?

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  2. ...A mind like Water...

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    The Lifestream


    I would not spend that kind of cash for this shell...Not even for a new Master's shell. Unless this is your rare ultra unicorn drum that you can make to match your dream vintage kit I would move forward. It depends on how bad you want it.
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  3. Registered User

    Join Date
    Apr 2009


    No hardware or hoops? Grossly overpriced.

  4. Pearl Masters Drummer

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Cleveland, Ohio


    $300 for that is not a good deal. To give a you a an idea, I got a Masters Studio 20x16 kick and 15 inch floor tom on ebay for $400 both in really nice condition.

  5. Rockin' the Cosmos..

    Join Date
    Dec 2009


    that auction has been on ebay forever and there's a reason why ... the shell alone is not worth that cash nor would it be with hardware .. it's not from 70's either because it has 80-83 badges and it's Silver Satin wrap .. the seller is delusional .. he threw that KISS era crap in there to make some fanboy buy it ..lulz
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    80's Pearl 'G' Maple in Emerald Forest Lacquer -10x8, 12x8, 14x10, 16x16, 18x16, 22x16, 24x14
    80's Pearl 'G' Maple in CherryRoseWine Lacquer -12x8, 13x9, 15x12, 16x14, 18x16, 24x14
    80's Pearl 'G' Maple in factory Walnut Lacquer - 14x10, 18x16, 22x14, 26x14
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