Wfl snare drum

Jun 10, 2021. 03:10 UTC
WFL snare drum
United States of America

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7" x 14 " wooden snare drum with WFL keystone badge. circa 1930s. Wood has been sanded and urethaned from the original (not by me). Signs of age, rust, chrome pitting, but in fine working condition and great sounding.


Purchased for $100 around 1978, this was the studio snare drum at Starr Recording, a pPhiladelphia recording studio from 1977-1987. The strainer tightening screw was stripped and the part replaced by The Drum Shop in NYC.

Answered within 3 days
Jun 12, 23:39 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$200 - $300 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$250 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto. I think it is mahogany. I agree with you about the 1930s dating. This page has labels and dates that are helpful to reference:

Below are some links to asking prices and sales results of similar drums. I was unable to find exact dates for many, but it should give us a good idea of the market.

In looking at the sales records, I estimate that the value is somewhere between $200 and $300. However, note the higher asking prices listed as well.

Please let me know if I can assist further.

Asking $850, 1941, better condition

Asking $375, 1958, restored

Asking $275, some damage, no date

Asking $665, some damage, no date

Asking $725, 1950s

Sold for $300

Sold for $250, different style same material, 1950s

Sold for $280, missing surface

Sold for $175, different style same material

Sold for $150, different style same material, 1940s

David starobin Jun 13, 14:23 UTC

Leah -
Thank you for the work you did on this appraisal.
That is exactly the information I needed.
- David

Leah i. Jun 14, 23:16 UTC


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