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Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum

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The 14" x 8" Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum is inspired by the Ludwig Coliseum. It may be the ultimate in low-bodied power and projection.Based on Lud...Click To Read More About This Product

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Delivers the classic tone that players have come to expect from Ludwig”with a modern flair.

The 14" x 8" Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum is inspired by the Ludwig Coliseum. It may be the ultimate in low-bodied power and projection.

Based on Ludwig's legendary Black Beauty snare drums”long the optimal choice for touring and recording drummers in need of volume, tonal clarity, and optimal snare response”Ludwig has gone one step further with the Black Magic snare. A classic formula for a more aggressive musical age, Black Magic snare drums share the same shell type with the Black Beauty, but with upgrades like matching die-cast hoops for increased volume, and tube-style lugs for maximum shell resonance.

FEATURES
  • 14" x 8" shell size
  • Black nickel-over-brass shell
  • The ultimate in low-bodied power and projection

Its unusual 8" depth puts the magic in the tone of the Black Magic snare.

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LudwigBlack Magic Snare Drum
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Huge tone (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Great sound (5)
  • Sensitive (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AMAZING Snare Drum. My New Go-To

This is my new work horse. It gives me everything I need. I play in rock, reggae, and funk bands. I also do studio work. This snare doesn't disappoint in any...Read complete review

This is my new work horse. It gives me everything I need. I play in rock, reggae, and funk bands. I also do studio work. This snare doesn't disappoint in any situation.

It has a warm tone but a great crack that you only get from brass snares. Is the black beauty "better"? Only a drummer with a good ear would be able to tell a difference, and it wouldn't be a big difference. Also consider that you wouldn't hear the difference in a live setting.

No complaints with quality. I did put on nylon snare straps which greatly improved sensitivity. I also use the Evans G1 coated head with a little dampening.

I went with the 8X14 model because I wanted that deep fat sound. It can be tuned higher and responds very well in that range. However, I will say that I always play with a second 13" aux snare to get the higher tones. I keep my Back Magic tuned low for my main snare. I say this because I have heard that the 7X13 Black Magic is the most versatile if you are using only one snare. I debated between the 13" and 14" models quite a bit, but chose this one because it was able to get those fat tones while still responding well to high tuning. No regrets!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but not great. I was expecting more, Ludwig...

I have the 6.5x14 version of this snare.
I bought it about a year ago. I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this snare. Don't get me wrong -...Read complete review

I have the 6.5x14 version of this snare.
I bought it about a year ago. I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this snare. Don't get me wrong - it's not that bad, but it's not what I expected. Let me try to run you through some of the pros and cons I have about this snare.Pros: Solidly made. Despite being made in Taiwan, it's very solid. Other people complaining about lugs falling out must be tuning it wrong or have a faulty model or something. I have beat the living hell out of this thing and nothing has ever loosened at all. Die cast hoops are really solid and nicely made.Tube lugs look nice and keep contact with the shell minimal, offering better resonance.The drum just looks badass. Black on black looks real slick. Cons:After many (4+) different drumhead selections (Remo emperor, black X, CS reverse dot, Evans power center reverse dot, hazy 300 snare side, ambassador snare side), hours of tuning at different tensions (Batter head low, medium, high, cranked, bottom head at all different tensions), and 3 different combinations of puresound snares, nothing can get this drum to sound anywhere near where I want it to. It has a strange boxy, choked and cheap sound. It sounds almost as if someone is pressing their hand against the bottom head at all times. The snare response is uneven, in the sense that the snares seem to respond to whatever they want to, and are not sensitive to the strokes you play on the drum.The drum sounds okay if the snares are off, but when they are engaged, it seems like the snare beds are altering the sound drastically. The snares choke the drum so much that the top head loses responsiveness. The drum just lacks a depth of sound that other snares I've played have. If other snares could be described with a "boing" sound, this snare would be described as a "thud" sound.
I had really high hopes for this snare. I imagined a deep, thick, and sustaining tone from this drum, but it has just let me down every time I play it.

I've had other friends play it and I've listend to it from a distance and to be honest, it only sounds worse from 8-10 feet in front of the kit. It sounds like a snarey mess. It lacks definition and punch - at all tunings.


It's not totally awful, in the sense that I can get it technically in tune, but it just never sounds right. The snares have to be cranked to get any sort of thick response out of them. Otherwise, letting them just touch the bottom head to keep the sound open and unchoked leaves them so loose that the sympathetic buzz simply out of control, and the drum is at about 90% open, 10% snares at that point.

I've recorded this snare in the studio and I was even more disappointed in the sounds I was getting. Dead, no high end, now bottom end. It was a mid-range mess.

I've rated this snare a 6 out of 10. It's not totally awful, but for the money I paid, I was expecting a much better sounding snare. I've played real Black Beauties in the past, and sadly, this just doesn't compare. If you're considering getting this snare, do yourself a favor and save up some extra cash and get a real Black Beauty.
Well made, despite being made in Taiwan. Looks nice and is made with quality parts. Heavy, durable snare.
Better off saving up your money for a real Black Beauty.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but not great. I was expecting more, Ludwig...

By Steve-FiRQw

from NJ

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Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

I have the 6.5x14 version of this snare.
I bought it about a year ago. I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this snare. Don't get me wrong - it's not that bad, but it's not what I expected. Let me try to run you through some of the pros and cons I have about this snare.Pros: Solidly made. Despite being made in Taiwan, it's very solid. Other people complaining about lugs falling out must be tuning it wrong or have a faulty model or something. I have beat the living hell out of this thing and nothing has ever loosened at all. Die cast hoops are really solid and nicely made.Tube lugs look nice and keep contact with the shell minimal, offering better resonance.The drum just looks badass. Black on black looks real slick. Cons:After many (4+) different drumhead selections (Remo emperor, black X, CS reverse dot, Evans power center reverse dot, hazy 300 snare side, ambassador snare side), hours of tuning at different tensions (Batter head low, medium, high, cranked, bottom head at all different tensions), and 3 different combinations of puresound snares, nothing can get this drum to sound anywhere near where I want it to. It has a strange boxy, choked and cheap sound. It sounds almost as if someone is pressing their hand against the bottom head at all times. The snare response is uneven, in the sense that the snares seem to respond to whatever they want to, and are not sensitive to the strokes you play on the drum.The drum sounds okay if the snares are off, but when they are engaged, it seems like the snare beds are altering the sound drastically. The snares choke the drum so much that the top head loses responsiveness. The drum just lacks a depth of sound that other snares I've played have. If other snares could be described with a "boing" sound, this snare would be described as a "thud" sound.
I had really high hopes for this snare. I imagined a deep, thick, and sustaining tone from this drum, but it has just let me down every time I play it.

I've had other friends play it and I've listend to it from a distance and to be honest, it only sounds worse from 8-10 feet in front of the kit. It sounds like a snarey mess. It lacks definition and punch - at all tunings.


It's not totally awful, in the sense that I can get it technically in tune, but it just never sounds right. The snares have to be cranked to get any sort of thick response out of them. Otherwise, letting them just touch the bottom head to keep the sound open and unchoked leaves them so loose that the sympathetic buzz simply out of control, and the drum is at about 90% open, 10% snares at that point.

I've recorded this snare in the studio and I was even more disappointed in the sounds I was getting. Dead, no high end, now bottom end. It was a mid-range mess.

I've rated this snare a 6 out of 10. It's not totally awful, but for the money I paid, I was expecting a much better sounding snare. I've played real Black Beauties in the past, and sadly, this just doesn't compare. If you're considering getting this snare, do yourself a favor and save up some extra cash and get a real Black Beauty.
Well made, despite being made in Taiwan. Looks nice and is made with quality parts. Heavy, durable snare.
Better off saving up your money for a real Black Beauty.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING Snare Drum. My New Go-To

By Scott3087

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Deep Fat And Wet Sound
  • Great Crack
  • Great Quiet Or Loud
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Very Versatile
  • Wide tuning range

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Jazz Clubs
  • Large Venues
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues
  • Studio

Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

This is my new work horse. It gives me everything I need. I play in rock, reggae, and funk bands. I also do studio work. This snare doesn't disappoint in any situation.

It has a warm tone but a great crack that you only get from brass snares. Is the black beauty "better"? Only a drummer with a good ear would be able to tell a difference, and it wouldn't be a big difference. Also consider that you wouldn't hear the difference in a live setting.

No complaints with quality. I did put on nylon snare straps which greatly improved sensitivity. I also use the Evans G1 coated head with a little dampening.

I went with the 8X14 model because I wanted that deep fat sound. It can be tuned higher and responds very well in that range. However, I will say that I always play with a second 13" aux snare to get the higher tones. I keep my Back Magic tuned low for my main snare. I say this because I have heard that the 7X13 Black Magic is the most versatile if you are using only one snare. I debated between the 13" and 14" models quite a bit, but chose this one because it was able to get those fat tones while still responding well to high tuning. No regrets!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Just say no.

By Bob

from Las Vegas

About Me Experienced

Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

Ludwig is a great company, and I'm sure this snare is nice. It used to be in the same price point as the Pork Pie and DW Design offerings. Those are all made in Taiwan. While there's nothing wrong with that, the price point is now so high that it's closest competitor is the DW Collectors Brass. And that's made in the USA with super high quality throw off and 3 position butt plate. These price increases are simply not conducive with a good business model. Good luck to Ludwig and to you all.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horribly priced...

By Bob

from Las Vegas

Pros

  • Ludwig Name

Cons

  • Way too expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

    I have been watching this drum closely for almost 2 months. At first it was 3 bills just like the other Taiwanese made brass snare drums. Then it went up to 3 and a half bills.. And I thought, wow.. That's sort of silly. Now it's priced at 4 bills and honestly that's just stupid. So instead of spending 4 bills for a Taiwanese made snare drum with Taiwanese made heads and snare wires and with subpar hardware, I spent an extra 60 and got the 8 X 14 USA made DW Collectors brass that has USA made heads and completely insane (in a good way) hardware and fantastic from the box snare wires.. If this drum was still 3 bills, it would have been worth it, but not at 4 bills.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sweetest snare in my arsenal

    By Ronnie S

    from Skokie,Il

    Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

    I have had my Black Magic for about month and It is the best snare iI have owned .It cuts through with a beautiful crack, and has a voice like no other. I replaced my 6.5 Maple Yamaha with this beauty and I can't stop playing it. My collection of snare drums is now complete. I used Maple 6.5 for years ,but now the Magic is back! I love it!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome snare

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

    I have owned this snare for about 4 months now and I absolutely love it. The thing is built like a champ. When I bought mine I exchanged the throw-off for a trick gs007. the original throw off would loosen on an older Ludwig snare I previously owned and I didn't want to deal with that on this one. It is very easy to tune and with the addition of things like the rims

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bought this IMMEDIATELY after it became available!

    By souldeadrums

    from Killington, VT

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

    I've owned three different Black Magic / Beauties and now this will be the 4th! I got a chance to play this latest iteration at the store last week... it's a MONSTER! Ludwig really knocked it out of the park AGAIN. I honestly like the Magics better than the Beauties. The cast rims make a ton of difference in tonal quality / volume... and they make tuning a breeze. Plus the shell construction and hardware are just as good as their more expensive brothren. The Beauties have history and asthetic value, but the Magics seem to be a better value and more versatile. Either way you definitely can't go wrong with ANY Ludwig brass snare. Heck, I still have a 70s Acrolite I love to beat on once in a while. I'm an avid Tama fan, but their snares are lacking... Ludwig owns the market in my mind.

     
    5.0

    Amazing Snare

    By Kudos

    from Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks
      • Symphonies

      Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

      This thing is amazing. Yes the lugs did fall out from heavy hitting, but that was out of the box and no tuning. After tuning it up and putting new heads on it they stay in place very well. This snare sounds amazing and I would highly recommend it.

       
      5.0

      I would recomend this snare!!!

      By Battle Nutz

      from Bath, NY

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Metal or rock

        Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

        I've had this same snare for about a year now and played a number of shows with it and it just cuts through so well. I switched the heads to a Remo Emperor X on top and just the standard Remo snare side on bottom, also switched the snares on it because I didn't like them as much, but that was just a little change. It's the best sounding snare i have ever owned and is perfect for my style of playing.

         
        5.0

        This thing is fat

        By TNPdrummer

        from Undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Easy to tune
        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile
        • Wide tuning range

        Cons

        • The Pricemaybe

        Best Uses

        • Back Up
        • Large Venues
        • Rock And Sub-genres

        Comments about Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

        I bought this because I wanted to get a deep, fat sound for the band I'm in and a 20 ply maple shell that I currently own obviously wasn't going to do that.

        I stumbled upon this after looking into the Pork Pie BOB and this, by far, won my money. The Black Beauty, partially due to my budget, wasn't even considered. It has a huge tone when tuned low (kind of that white washed gun shot type of sound) and has a great crack when tuned high.

        Out of the box, it took me about 3 minutes to tune up and get the wires dialed in and even with the stock heads and wires it sounds great. I'm seriously not changing the stock out until I have to.

        Great drum and definitely worth it.

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