Behind the kit 2010 - Present

Yes, it does sound as good as it looks.

This snare drum is at the heart of my sound, a sound I've spent over 25 years looking for.
This drum is beautiful in every way, its right at home with the Ludwig Epic X-Over Striped kit.
Sounds and looks awesome with the DW Kit. 

Enter The Ludwig 100th Anniversary Black Beauty Snare Drum.

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 are available each year from Ludwig USA. 

Recording and touring artists consider The Black Beauty to be a true necessity. The 6.5" x 14” Anniversary Edition boasts a seamless black nickel plated brass shell and brass hardware. With the most elaborate engraving in Black Beauty history, hand-tooled and numbered by artisan John Aldridge. Produced in 2009 to celebrate 100 years of Ludwig drums. Production was limited to 100 pieces worldwide, I have number 64.  Features the mark of three generations of Ludwig history. “Chief ” Keystone Badge.