Ludwig 6.5x14 Black Beauty Snare Drum-Tube Lugs-Brass  From Ludwig

A true American original, the Black Beauty provides a warm, round metallic tone that is often imitated, but never duplicated.

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What We Think

The Ludwig Black Beauty has been an industry standard for decades. Its thin spun brass shell has blessed countless records and concert halls with sonic bliss to excite the ears. 

The Black Beauty features a spun, seamless, beaded brass shell with black nickel plating. This stunning shell lays the groundwork for the rest of the drum. It delivers a sharp, full-bodied sound with articulate ghost notes, an unbelievably pronounced rimshot, and an overall clarity and projection that can’t be matched. For the LB417BT, Ludwig added die-cast hoops on top and bottom and the Millenium strainer to complete the package. The addition of these hoops brings a little more focus to the player's perspective as well as enhancing your rimshots and we love the way this drum performs. 

Whether you use this drum for live playing or session work, this drum has an enhanced crispness that will have finding new excuses to get behind the kit and play. Check out the Ludwig LB417BT Black Beauty snare drum today!

Ludwig 6.5x14 Black Beauty Snare Drum - Tube Lugs / Brass, Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure drums specialist Barry Knain explains the various features of the Ludwig 6.5x14 Black Beauty Snare, and tests it out in several different tuning ranges.

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Manufacturer's Description from Ludwig

One of the primary reasons Ludwig is "The Most Famous Name In Drums" is the legendary Black Beauty Snare Drum. The drum is constructed of a single sheet of brass that is machine drawn and spun into a seamless beaded shell, then nickel-plated with a beautifully exquisite finish. A true American original, the Black Beauty provides a warm, round metallic tone that is often imitated, but never duplicated. However, due to their truly unique and difficult manufacturing process, only a very limited number of Black Beauties is available each year from Ludwig USA. 

With a choice of three strainer options (P85 Supra-Phonic, P86 Millennium or P70 Super-Sensitive,) the Black Beauty responds with excellent sensitivity at all volumes. Choose from Imperial or tube lugs, die cast or triple-flanged hoops and a smooth or hand hammered shell. The 80-year tradition of the Ludwig Black Beauty carries on as the ultimate snare drum in the industry.

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About Manufacturer

Touted as “the most famous name on drums,” Ludwig stands today as one of the most legendary and revered American drum manufacturers of all time. Founded in 1909 under the name Ludwig & Ludwig, the company has existed under a number of different owners and names, with the Ludwig brand operating today as a subsidiary of Conn-Selmer. Throughout almost 110 years of change, one thing has remained constant: Ludwig’s dedication to building high-quality drums with that signature Ludwig tone. Over the years, Ludwig drums have laid down solid backbeats and infectious grooves at the hands of drummers like John Densmore, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and of course, Ringo Starr. Their iconic kits from the 60s and 70s remain highly coveted by collectors and players alike, but their new offerings continue to uphold the legendary Ludwig name just the same. 

Specifications

Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum Features:

  • Brass Shell
  • 45 Degree Bearing Edges
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Die-Cast Hoops
  • Steel Snare Wires