The legendary Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum starts with a single sheet of brass. It’s machine drawn and spun into a seamless beaded shell, then chrome plated to an exquisite finish. An American classic, the Black Beauty delivers a warm, fat, metallic tone that cuts through a thick mix like nothing else. Fitted with Ludwig’s P85 Supraphonic strainer, the Black Beauty is super responsive, no matter how hard or soft you hit it. Due to a complex manufacturing process, they’re not easy to make, so the Black Beauty is only available in limited quantities each year from Ludwig USA.
Since 1909, Ludwig drums have had one of the proudest legacies in percussion. The world has heard them under the sticks of Cream’s Ginger Baker, keeping the pulse behind Queen at Live Aid, and laying down the monstrous beat of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.” But their biggest break came when Ringo Starr proudly played them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, making Ludwig a household name for aspiring and superstar drummers alike.