WFL Compacto Model Snare 4 x 14 GC

As far as I can tell, this corresponds to a relatively short run of WFL mid 50s - appears in 1954 catalog as "Compacto" (not as many often turn up as "Buddy Rich" model).

http://www.drumarchive.com/Ludwig/1955_WFL.pdf

The BRich model had a different lug that I think had some swivel to the receivers for the rods. Here you have the straight-in lug, so you have to thread carefully so as not to strip the holes. I tested all the rods/receiving holes and they seem fine. I cannot swear to 100% original parts, clearly the snare wires have been updated. The throw-off is, to put it kindly, "not optimal." I found if I left it "on" and didn't try to get more out of it than it could give it was fine.

The interior is unfinished wood. The double-pad muffler works fine. There are a few hairline cracks in the wrap (see photos) and one spot on the reso rim where a bit of chrome (I think this is chrome, not nickel) is chipped off (photo).

I bought it from Paul @ Soul Drums in Toronto, a reliable guy. Never left my smoke & pet-free home. Not too many of these out there, and nice WMP wrap, somewhat yellowed but still on the "WMP" side.

Shipping costs have really gone up in the past year, so I have to charge actual shipping, price to be set when I know where it is going. I have to put a number in for drumsellers to upload this ad so I put in a high number - it just cost me $55 to ship a Palmer Venus snare Philly to Seattle. If under $60 I'll refund balance.

Hard to find comps online. I'm offering it at same price I paid (converted to $US) - $500 to lower U.S. 48 only. Send along any questions. Thanks!

Seller's return policy: no returns
quantity: 1
Listing created Jan 10, 2021

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