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    Default Selling a pearl Masters Studio Birch Purple Fade Drumset, what price should I ask?

    Hi everyone! I'm selling my drumset after years of good use and I was curious what I should be selling it for, price wise. I've checked all over the internets and there are prices ranging from 700 for the shell pack, to closer to 2k. I am no drum expert so I was hoping to get some advice on what a fair asking price would be. Any help is appreciated.
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    So many variables and how quickly you want a sale etc. Looking at Ebay sold items that are similar will give you a very good idea as to what drums like these are actually selling for. Ultimately its worth what someone is preapred to buy it for.

    Another way might to be find out what an equivalent shell pack like this costs new and take a proportion of that (e.g. half) as a guide price.

    The thing with higher end drums is that its more likely people will want a specific colour or shell sizes, unless they can grab a bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fee1therush View Post
    Hi everyone! I'm selling my drumset after years of good use and I was curious what I should be selling it for, price wise. I've checked all over the internets and there are prices ranging from 700 for the shell pack, to closer to 2k. I am no drum expert so I was hoping to get some advice on what a fair asking price would be. Any help is appreciated.
    That is really a nice looking kit!

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    I recently (last July) bought a 6 piece Masters Studio Birch (1993 first run MBX) plus all hardware, pro grade cymbals (14" Zildjian New Beat hi hats, Zildjian Med Thin 16" Crash, Sabian 22" AA ride), and 2 thrones for $800. Shells were in excellent shape, just needed a good cleaning. From what I have seen, older kits take a long time to move unless they are priced right.
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    My guess would be $800 to $900. Great kit. This my “ballpark” quote.
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    Beautiful kit! I'm selling my Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass Chrome kit (mfr'd in Taiwan in the early 70's) I added all brand new accessories: Ludwig 400 series hardware kit, Zildjian cymbals (including A Series 14" New Beat hi-hats, Remo ambassador coated drum heads, e-rings, Vic Firth drum sticks and more...
    I checked Craigslist (all 50 States) and E-bay and found extremely few listings -none of which even begin to compare to what I'm offering. I'm asking $1895. (or best respectful offer) There are those who will say 'that's too much" and other's who will say that's a great price. Having been in sales for over 60 years my experience is that if a person really wants something badly they will pay the price. Here's a pic of just the drums. If you want to see all 24 pics go to Craigslist and search: New Jersey - Musical Instruments - Drums - Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass $1895. Name:  VPDS.jpg
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Size:  63.2 KB Good luck with your sale. PS. You may want to consider doing what I did and put together and offer a complete kit. Not everybody already owns just the hardware, cymbals etc...

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    2017 I bought a used MMX kit with gold hardware (didn't know that at the time I ordered) from GC. It was 8-10-12-14-16-22 and a brass Sensitone snare for $1199. Hope that helps.

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    Last summer I sold my Midnight Fade kit but it was a mix ,kick & 16 Tom were BRX and the rest were MMX in the same sizes . It sold for $800 I was asking $850. It took about a month on CL.. I agree with Bodgit on high end drums especially on CL. I became frustrated with the gmail ,third party ,lowball special ones .

    20 years ago your kit new sold for about $2,500.00 but no one will care when they are trying to work a deal. The only reason I sold mine was to finance a MHX I found at GC. I wish I still had that kit but it was worth sacrificing. Good Luck maybe start out at $900.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fee1therush View Post
    Hi everyone! I'm selling my drumset after years of good use and I was curious what I should be selling it for, price wise. I've checked all over the internets and there are prices ranging from 700 for the shell pack, to closer to 2k. I am no drum expert so I was hoping to get some advice on what a fair asking price would be. Any help is appreciated.
    What are the sizes? There was a huge trend for hanging all your toms back when they were pumping these kits out. Today's trend is actual floor toms with legs. I'd say anywhere from $600-$800 would be decent asking price if they are in excellent condition.

    Quote Originally Posted by tr8drummer View Post
    Beautiful kit! I'm selling my Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass Chrome kit (mfr'd in Taiwan in the early 70's) I added all brand new accessories: Ludwig 400 series hardware kit, Zildjian cymbals (including A Series 14" New Beat hi-hats, Remo ambassador coated drum heads, e-rings, Vic Firth drum sticks and more... I checked Craigslist (all 50 States) and E-bay and found extremely few listings -none of which even begin to compare to what I'm offering. I'm asking $1895. (or best respectful offer) There are those who will say 'that's too much" and other's who will say that's a great price. Having been in sales for over 60 years my experience is that if a person really wants something badly they will pay the price. Here's a pic of just the drums. If you want to see all 24 pics go to Craigslist and search: New Jersey - Musical Instruments - Drums - Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass $1895. <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=516558"/> Good luck with your sale. PS. You may want to consider doing what I did and put together and offer a complete kit. Not everybody already owns just the hardware, cymbals etc...
    I'm curious what line of sales you were in and how many drum kits you've bought and sold over the past 60+ years. I will say in the past 15-20 years of buying and selling drums, I've learned the number one rule (if you actually want to sell) is to NOT sell as a package. No one that knows anything about drums is looking for your exact set up. People that are looking for a complete package usually don't know enough to spend more than $800 or so. I've always sold shell packs for a bargain, cymbals for about what I'd pay used, and stands and other hardware at about half their new price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tr8drummer View Post
    Beautiful kit! I'm selling my Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass Chrome kit (mfr'd in Taiwan in the early 70's) I added all brand new accessories: Ludwig 400 series hardware kit, Zildjian cymbals (including A Series 14" New Beat hi-hats, Remo ambassador coated drum heads, e-rings, Vic Firth drum sticks and more...
    I checked Craigslist (all 50 States) and E-bay and found extremely few listings -none of which even begin to compare to what I'm offering. I'm asking $1895. (or best respectful offer) There are those who will say 'that's too much" and other's who will say that's a great price. Having been in sales for over 60 years my experience is that if a person really wants something badly they will pay the price. Here's a pic of just the drums. If you want to see all 24 pics go to Craigslist and search: New Jersey - Musical Instruments - Drums - Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass $1895. Name:  VPDS.jpg
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Size:  63.2 KB Good luck with your sale. PS. You may want to consider doing what I did and put together and offer a complete kit. Not everybody already owns just the hardware, cymbals etc...
    Letís see if I understand. You purchased a kit for $500, which was probably about $200 more than you should have paid. You added a $150 hardware pack and maybe $100 to $200 in cymbals and you want $1,850. Good luck. Assuming that there is someone out there that wants that shell pack and is willing to pay way more than market value, they arenít going to want the cheapest hardware pack on the market and some old cymbals of your choosing. I think youíll be lucky to get $750. $1,850 on the used market buys a really nice shell pack. $1,850 on the new market buys a really nice shell pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tr8drummer View Post
    Beautiful kit! I'm selling my Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass Chrome kit (mfr'd in Taiwan in the early 70's) I added all brand new accessories: Ludwig 400 series hardware kit, Zildjian cymbals (including A Series 14" New Beat hi-hats, Remo ambassador coated drum heads, e-rings, Vic Firth drum sticks and more...
    I checked Craigslist (all 50 States) and E-bay and found extremely few listings -none of which even begin to compare to what I'm offering. I'm asking $1895. (or best respectful offer) There are those who will say 'that's too much" and other's who will say that's a great price. Having been in sales for over 60 years my experience is that if a person really wants something badly they will pay the price. Here's a pic of just the drums. If you want to see all 24 pics go to Craigslist and search: New Jersey - Musical Instruments - Drums - Vintage Pearl Wood Fiberglass $1895. Name:  VPDS.jpg
Views: 132
Size:  63.2 KB Good luck with your sale. PS. You may want to consider doing what I did and put together and offer a complete kit. Not everybody already owns just the hardware, cymbals etc...
    Checked out the CL listing. Just curious...how tough is it to find replacement heads for the 17" floor tom?

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    Thank you for your feedback. I have been in sales for 60 years, mostly tangibles and quite a variety of those. I have successfully sold quite a few complete kits over the years...however, I have listed my Pearl kit in two separate ways on craigslist and on ebay (local pickup only) : #1 Just the drums only and #2 the complete package kit. Somebody will bite.
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