Snare drums $50.00 Appraisal fee
Outfits $150.00 Appraisal fee
Rob Cook’s drum appraisals have been used to verify and
document some of the most significant museum donations of the
last decade. A Rebeats appraisal includes documentation and
value information. We will identify the equipment in question
by maker, age, and model. Catalog cuts, if available, are included.
(Rebeats has one of the largest percussion archives in existence.)
Value information will include the retail value (amount the
instrument may sell for on an internet auction or in a retail
store) as well as wholesale (amount that a reseller may pay
for the instrument, with the intention of reselling it at a
profit.) In order to provide this information, we need detailed
information on the equipment. The most accurate appraisal is
facilitated by direct examiniation of the drum(s) which can
be brought or shipped to Rebeats at 219 Prospect, Alma, Michigan,
48801. If it is not practical to ship the gear to us, you must
send a complete set of detailed photographs that include the
features listed below. Print this page and check each picture
and notate anything that is important to be included in the
appraisal. Mail to Rob at P.O. Box 6, Alma, MI 48801, or email
Click here for the
appraiser credentials of Rob Cook
Appraisal FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
I need to document for insurance purposes that my instrument is worth what I paid for it.
An appraisal by definition is an expert opinion of the item’s value. The fact that you paid $5000.00 for a drum does not make it worth $5000.00. The job of the appraiser is to judge the amount you could reasonably expect to sell the item for in today’s marketplace.
I don’t need for you to spend all that time and effort; all I want is a ball-park price so I know about how much to sell or insure this for....
Without carefully considering the variables of the instrument’s condition and current market conditions, the “high-low” range can be very wide and I run the risk of being misquoted. I may say a drum is worth between $100 and $1500; I do not want someone saying, “Rob Cook said this drum is worth $1500.” That is a lesson learned from experience. I have been misquoted many times and now take pains to avoid it.
Isn’t there a way I can just get a quick ball-park?
Yes, of course. But not from me. Key to the definition of the word appraisal is the word “expert.” If you do not need an expert opinion there are many options for you:
1. Contact your nearest music store.
2. Review the recently completed Ebay auctions for sales of similar instruments.
3. Put the word out on the forums and/or social media sites that you need help determining value of this instrument.
Do you have to personally inspect the instrument? It would be expensive to ship it to you.
If I am not able to personally inspect the instrument, the appraisal must include language to protect my reputation in the event I was not able to see factors that affect the value. I frequently receive photos that do not “tell the whole story” of the instrument. The resultant appraisal cannot in those situations tell the whole story of the instrument’s worth. If I cannot personally inspect the instrument, it helps to make sure you supply information as listed on the checklist below.