Ludwig Black Beauty LB416BT 5x14" Brass Snare Drum
When it comes to snare drums, the name "Black Beauty" is the most famous and most well respected. The Ludwig Black Beauty 5x14 inch Brass LB416BT snare drum has a crisp sound with a warm sustain, great for the studio and live performances. I like the five-inch size because it’s bright and speaks very well in any audible setting. The brass shell really cuts through the sound of a full band and there are several options for the strainer holding the snares in place. This drum has a legendary sound other companies have tried to imitate but none come close to producing a drum which sounds as warm and crisp as the Black Beauty.
The available tube lugs are great because they don’t crack or lose tension, the smooth shell has a more consistent sound, and the die-cast hoops are made to be very durable. Within this series, we recommend the P86 because the P85 is notorious for being troublesome, and the p70 is quite cumbersome. While this drum is quite expensive, the high price tag is justifiable because it’s the best sounding drum on the market.