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Old 06-18-2019, 08:23 AM
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Hi all,

What's a good general price to pay for a Hollywood Ace? I've been considering adding one, as I had the opportunity to try one out a few months back and I really liked the sound of it. There's a collector who lives close by who has several of them in showroom condition with all original hardware.

I don't want to lowball him, but I don't want to overpay either. This guy's full collection blew me away (lots of Ludwigs, Rogers, and Slingerlands), so he knows what he has and what he's doing as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:43 AM
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$250.00 is a general going price.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:35 AM
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$250.00 is a general going price.
I would tend to agree with this price! However, condition and rarity of the wrap can force prices up! I have pictures of thousands of kits and snare drums from eBay. A Hollywood Ace, wrapped in Capri Pearl, sold for $405...but that was back in 2010!

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Old 06-19-2019, 08:13 PM
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Default Re: Slingerland Hollywood Ace question

Great snare drum and has the standard throw, not the more finicky Zoomatic like the one-ply Artist snare (which usually goes for more money and was the other wooden 8 lug Slingerland snare of the time). I even prefer them over Radio Kings. Warm but cracking rim shot and can still sound musical when dried out. Great for jazz and early funk. That said, $250-$300 is about right. I got one in a rare wrap for $187 shipped but that was an eBay auction. Rare wraps command more, but IMO it sounds better than the wood snares the other 3 major American brands made. (Hides from wood Dynasonic crowd).

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Old 06-20-2019, 08:23 AM
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Default Re: Slingerland Hollywood Ace question

I did a little research on another one of the items I saw in his collection, and that one appears to be a student model Radio King. It has a 3 ply shell (probably the same as the Hollywood Ace), sticker choppers hoops and clips, and a 3-point strainer with no extender brackets. My research shows that this model later came with the Rapid strainer, so the models with the 3-point were probably 1950s - just a guess though.

I appreciate all the great input and info - thanks everyone!
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:16 PM
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That said, $250-$300 is about right. I got one in a rare wrap for $187 shipped but that was an eBay auction. Rare wraps command more, but IMO it sounds better than the wood snares the other 3 major American brands made. (Hides from wood Dynasonic crowd).
$250-300 is what I see them going for, more if it's a desirable finish.

I agree--I've owned several Jazz Fests, some Gretschs, and a couple of wood Rogers. None of them compare to the Hollywood Ace. I don't know why. I would think that the Ludwigs would sound comparable, but they just don't.
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