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hippiemuzaak
09-28-2012, 08:05 AM
I just bought this acrolite, what's interesting is that its got a 7 digit serial number, but a pointy blue/olive badge. Could it be from 69 just after they switched from keystone to blue/olive?" the serial is 1065792 wich shouldnt match with a pointy blue/olive...

Photos:

http://postimage.org/image/o2efv0f1t/
http://postimage.org/image/y9nip0b5v/

OddBall
09-28-2012, 08:39 AM
The muffler knob`s broken, and that`s green !!

hippiemuzaak
09-28-2012, 08:56 AM
The sellers says that the damper works flawless even thou its a bit "off", if you got any info on the serial don't hesitate to write...

the_drum_dad
09-28-2012, 09:47 AM
My first thought is non-original badge.

Brewkowski
09-28-2012, 09:55 AM
Serial #s can be deceiving sometimes. Example: What I thought to be a 76 ludwig kit by serial # identification, turned out to be very early 70s. I was told that Ludwig mixed up serial numbers during certain periods.

If it was my guess, yours is an early 70s acrolite. If it was a rounded B/O badge, that would point to late 70s to early early 80s.

OddBall
09-28-2012, 10:08 AM
The sellers says that the damper works flawless even thou its a bit "off", if you got any info on the serial don't hesitate to write...

Take off the batter head and get a pic. of the inside, it`s more reliable than the #`s !!

KCDrumDad
09-28-2012, 02:31 PM
I just bought this acrolite, what's interesting is that its got a 7 digit serial number, but a pointy blue/olive badge. Could it be from 69 just after they switched from keystone to blue/olive?" the serial is 1065792 wich shouldnt match with a pointy blue/olive...

Photos:

http://postimage.org/image/o2efv0f1t/
http://postimage.org/image/y9nip0b5v/

I think you are relying upon some bad information. The serial number dating charts are incomplete for the B/O badge era.

From the information I have gathered, the Pointy B/O badge started at around serial number 750000 in 1969 and continued through about serial number 2000000. The rounded corner badge replaced it. Therefore there are a very large number of drums with 7 digit serial numbers and B/O badges with pointed corners.

Yours was not lkely from the transition from Keystone badges, since it would be in the 750000 range. Yours did not appear until 300,000 later. That would be at least a few years production in the early 1970s.

vintagemore2000
09-28-2012, 02:38 PM
It absolutely is not a 1969 I own a 1969 blue olive acro it would have a silver exterior your is a mid 70's model 100% positive on this! here is a pic of mine for you

blairndrums
09-28-2012, 03:10 PM
They kicked a BUNCH out the door circa 1972-73...

KCDrumDad
09-28-2012, 04:47 PM
No one has commented on the imperial lugs. Are there any markings to indicate that these have been switched with what were likely originally bowtie lugs? It is certainly possible that it came from the factory with imperials, but his would not have been typical.

vintagemore2000
09-28-2012, 05:13 PM
No one has commented on the imperial lugs. Are there any markings to indicate that these have been switched with what were likely originally bowtie lugs? It is certainly possible that it came from the factory with imperials, but his would not have been typical.my acro is 100% factory original all my Jr High School band mates drums came this way all 4 of us. I've own it since 1969 Brand spanking new.

Brewkowski
09-28-2012, 08:01 PM
Great looking drum Vintage!! Even cooler that you are the original owner