What else can really be said about the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum? This is one of the most iconic and legendary drums of all time. In fact itÕs probably one of the biggest reasons why Ludwig is considered ÒThe Most Famous Name in DrumsÓ! Many have tried to copy itÕs classic look and sound, but none have come close. LetÕs get you introduced to this marvel of modern music.
On February 12, 1924 Paul Whiteman conducted the first performance of ÒRhapsody in BlueÓ in New YorkÕs Aeolian Hall. At first chair of the percussive section was George Marsh and his Ludwig black nickel chrome finished snare drum. Whiteman later christened this drum the ÒBlack BeautyÓ for itÕs stunning looks and unsurpassed sound. That night a legend was born. For decades these drum were custom order by players all over the world. Fifty three years later in 1977 Ludwig made these drums available to the public. Since that time they have been used on countless recordings, gigs, and become every drummerÕs object of desire.
The Black Beauty features a spun, seamless, beaded brass shell with black-nickel chrome plating. This stunning shell lays the groundwork for the rest of the drum. It delivers a sharp, biting sound with crisp ghost notes, an unbelievably pronounced rim-shot, and an overall clarity and projection that canÕt be matched. ItÕs amazingly warm for a metal snare with an open, full-bodied attack. This drum also features triple-flanged hoops, imperial lugs, a P-85 throw-off, and a cast butt-plate.
Triple-flange hoops are a lot livelier than their die-cast counterparts. These hoops help give the drum a more vibrant, open sound that gives it plenty of power when struck dead center and tons of articulation for ghost notes. Though they may not be as heavy as die-cast hoops, they certainly still deliver a sharp rim shot, crystal clear side stick, and reliable tuning. The Imperial lugs give this drum a classy look while not adding additional weight to the shell, allowing it to resonate freely. The P-85 is the classic Ludwig throw-off everyone has come to know and love. Since itÕs introduction in mid 60Õs this throw-off has become the yardstick to which all other throw offs are measured. This thing is easily adjustable and provides precise and accurate snare tension. The cast butt-plate is super reliable and provides solid playability.