How do you date vintage Gretsch drums?
The Gretsch Round Badge was used for many years, so the best way to date Vintage Gretsch drums is to look at the interior of the shells. Natural or Silver sealer, then we can look at the number of plys in the shell. Finally if they have paper tags or not on the inside.
How much is a drum set worth?
Generally, a drum set costs between $300 and $1,000 on average. Factors that determine price are often quality of shells, hardware inclusion, custom builds, if they are hand-made, different tiers of quality within the brand, and the number of shells. Used instruments often offer a great entry into the drumming world.
Do drum kits hold their value?
In general you can expect a used drum set to be worth 20 percent of what it was brand new depending on the model year. Vintage drums are the one major exception to this rule. For instance, Ringo Starrs Ludwig four piece used on classic Beatles tracks are worth many times more what they were brand new.