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Old 03-08-2018, 03:31 PM
benredd benredd is offline
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Default A.F. Blaemire Drums I got from a Thrift SHop

Hey, so I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to Drum value and rarity as I'm not a drummer myself, but I found a set of A.F. Blaemire drums at a local thrift shop and from the bit of research I've done I believe they're very similar to the drums used in Hal Blaine's monster drum kit. I have photos below and a link to a video I took of them and I was wondering if ya'll could tell me what you think of them and how much you think I should be able to sell them for. They need some work and refinishing, but I'm hoping I can get them to someone who will really appreciate them.

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Old 03-08-2018, 09:12 PM
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You came to the right place... you'll be hearing from Greg and Scott shortly - they are our resident Blaemire experts. I can't speak for the composition of that bass drum, but the toms are Blaemires and valuable all by themselves. You really lucked out finding those in a thrift shop. I waited -years- to find my Blaemires and when I did find them I had to have them shipped clear across the country.

Scott and Greg will give you some good ball-park estimates of market value. I don't know what you paid for them (can't be much if you got them at a thrift shop) but I can promise you that you will make money when you sell them.

to VDF!

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Old 03-08-2018, 09:33 PM
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Default Re: A.F. Blaemire Drums I got from a Thrift SHop

Excellent find! Love the color of those. They appear to be in nice condition. That Pearl snare is nice one as well. Not quite in the same league as the Blaemires though!

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Old 03-08-2018, 09:56 PM
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Hey Ben,

Those look to be earlier Blaemire shells, as they are a bit yellower than the usual green ones. Iím not sure about the bass drum, but if you could look closely to see if there is a tag thatís been painted over, it would help in determining. Those Wellington badges are actually kind of cool, and they are the ones who built the kit, using Allenís shells. These are obviously wrapped, so they are not like the Hal Blaine toms that you were referring to. His were just the raw, spun-fiberglass shells, with no covering. Could you please measure the depth, and diameter of the shells, by sticking a measuring tape on the insides. Donít include the hoop in your measurements. The measurements will also help in determining their worth. If you want to learn anymore history on these, click the address in my signature, and go to the ďhistoryĒ section.


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Old 03-09-2018, 07:30 AM
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I'm not an expert by any means, but it appears that the toms and bass drum have Tama hardware...could the bass drum be a Tama Fiberstar?
Apologies, the hardware on the toms does not look like Tama, just the bass drum.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:52 AM
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Default Re: A.F. Blaemire Drums I got from a Thrift SHop

Thank you all for your informative replies, I really appreciate it. And just so you know I stupidly posted this same thread/question in another part of the forumnot realizing people would see it and be so quick to reply. Here's the link to the other thread if you're interested (http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/showthread.php?t=61898). I measured all the drums in the way that @mendozart mentioned and these are the dimensions.
BD: 14" deep and 21" diameter
3 Toms
1. 14" deep and 15.5" diameter
2. 9.75" deep and 13.5" diameter
3. 9" deep and 12.5" diameter

Thanks again though everyone, and keep me posted if you find any sort of estimate on what they might be worth and you should see them up for sale before too long.
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