How to Pawn or Sell a Drum Set

January 17, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

Wondering how to pawn or sell a drum set (or drum kit)?

Read on to learn how to pawn or sell a drum set for top dollar, and learn what you should do to prepare for the sale. Necessary preparation steps are involved if you want to get the most money possible for your drum set. Thankfully, the pawning process on the whole doesn’t take too much time when you use PawnGuru.

Whether you’re looking to pawn or sell a Pearl drum set, Yamaha, Tama, Zildjian, Sonor, Gretsch, Mapex or DW, we have you covered.

PawnGuru has facilitated more that 17 million dollars in pawner transactions at no cost to them. Read on to learn how to pawn or sell a drum set so that you can get the most money possible for your musical instrument.

How to Pawn or Sell a Drum Set for Top Dollar: Preparation Steps

Clean your Drum Set

Wipe of any dust that has collected on the bass drum, cymbals, food pedals and other pieces. If there is any dirt or smudges, clean those off gently. You want to give the impression that your drums have been well taken care of.

Include all the Drums & Cymbals

If possible, include all the drums and cymbals that came with your drum kit. This will certainly help you get the higher appraisal for your instrument. If you are missing pieces, you will not get the best appraisal possible. It’s possible you might not get an appraisal at all if you are missing these, depending on the pawn shop.

Include the Pedals & Drum Throne

If you want to know another method for how to pawn or sell a drum set for the most money possible, make sure you don’t forget to bring the pedals and drum throne. As someone who has owned a drum set, you know how important these are for playing the instrument!

If you don’t bring the pedals and throne, you can expect to get a lower appraisal, or maybe no appraisal at all!

Include a Set of Drumsticks

If you can find the drumsticks that came with your drum set, great! If not, find any old pair that you have laying around—as long as they are in decent condition. This way, the next customer that buys the drum set will have something to start playing with if they don’t already own drumsticks.

The pawnbroker will be happy, too, as this will serve to make your drums appear as a more complete set to the next customer.

Inspect for Other Missing Pieces

Your local pawnbroker will inspect your drum set to make sure it isn’t missing any other important components. If your drums are missing any other pieces such as cymbal sleeves, wing nuts, washers, cymbal felt, leg brackets, springs, tension lugs or drum hoops, take note of that.

You can either replace some of these before taking the drums in for an appraisal—if you think it will be worth it to you—or you can try to wing it without these. Just remember that missing pieces can dock you for “points” when it comes to the pawn value of your drum set.

Tune your Drum Set

Need we say more? When you take your drum kit to the pawn shop, they are going to try to play it to assess the condition (another reason to bring your drum sticks). If you know how to tune your drum set, do it before you bring it to the pawn shop. This way, the sound will make a good impression on the person appraising your drums.

Don’t know how to tune the set? Ask a friend that knows how, or perform a little DIY by watching a YouTube video tutorial.

Pawn Shops that Take Drums Near Me

Looking for pawn shops that take drums near you? Not a problem! We will tell you a very simple way to find out which pawn shops near you take drum sets. You can do this online through PawnGuru and simultaneously get offers on your specific drum set through our website.

Follow these steps to find pawn shops that take drums near you:

  1. List your drum set online at PawnGuru – it’s quick, easy and free!
  2. Watch offers roll in quickly online from your local pawn shops
  3. Compare your offers and accept the highest bid (but there’s no obligation!)
  4. Bring your drums into the pawn shop
  5. Walk out with cash in hand today!

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David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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