Old 06-01-2015, 10:28 PM
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kaleeber kaleeber is offline
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Hello,

My husband is a drummer and loves to collect vintage drums. I just found a practically mint condition vintage 30-40s era Premier snare drum - wood body, heavy metal fixtures, real cowhide heads (you can literally see the pores of the skin), and metal snare wires that are individually tied (you can see where they are tied on the side with the excess hanging off). The seller is asking quite a hefty price for it considering it's in such great condition. I just wanted to see if anyone knew what it was actually worth or how I could find out that information? Again, it's a gorgeous drum. I just don't know if it's worth what they are asking. Thank you!
Old 06-02-2015, 12:09 AM
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Hi,
to the forum. Folks here will best be able to help if you post a picture. Any problems just let us know. Very cool that you are getting him a snare. I have to sneak the new ones in the house :-)
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:41 AM
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Oh ok! Well I've only got one picture saved so far. Hope this provides some more clarity. Thank you!
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:53 AM
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Holly smokes that is one very nice drum. You should get some help soon.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:41 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Premier Drum Company have always made fine drums and are very respected by vintage drum collectors. Your husband will surely appreciate owning this gorgeous drum. I'm very familiar with Premier, but marching drums are not my expertise. There is not a huge demand for marching drums so by and large they do tend to go for a lot less than say a snare drum for drum kit from the same era made by the same company, but a drum a nice as this one here will always attract the attention of any vintage drum collector. If indeed your husband does collect marching drums then this is one that he will no doubt want to own. As for prices, well, I can't appraise this drum, but I personally would be willing to pay as much as $300 if somebody offered it to me and would be more comfortable closer to $200, but to the right person who collects marching snares it's surely worth a lot more. Just don't pay too much, after all it is a marcher and Premier although they are highly regarded and make fine drums, they generally go for a bit less than the more desirable American drums.

Just my two cents. I could be proven wrong so maybe get a few more opinions before you make an offer. Hope this helps. Best of luck

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Old 06-02-2015, 05:51 AM
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Is there a market for marching percussion? I am totally unfamiliar with this sector of the drum community.
Old 06-02-2015, 09:17 AM
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I haven't seen anything like the interest us kit drummers have in vintage drums among the marching community. Typically marching drummers play the gear purchased by the band, so there's less opportunity for feelings of ownership or sentiment. Marching bands typically try to stay ahead of the curve with their gear--especially the competitive bands--so old gear is seen as more redundant than charming and deserving of respect. I bought two marchers in the last while, a nice old Carlton snare and an even nicer Premier Royal Scot for less than $150 between them. Unlike my other snare drums, they aren't particularly gig worthy, so they are more a personal amusement than an investment.
Old 06-02-2015, 02:19 PM
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Now if it is civil war era that is typical th collectors market
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