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Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum   6.5x14

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The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum is considered one of the most desirable drums ever made. The seamless, one piece brass beaded shell provides the l...Read More

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A Ludwig tradition for over 70 years!

The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum is considered one of the most desirable drums ever made. The seamless, one piece brass beaded shell provides the legendary balanced metallic-yet-warm sound and ease of tuning that this classic drum is famous for, while the Supraphonic snares and classic P-85 snare throw-off provide the unmatched sensitivity professionals demand. The antique black anodized shell, chrome hardware, and imperial lugs make the Black Beauty strikingly beautiful.

If you need even more volume and presence, this 14 x 6-1/2" snare is for you. It delivers meaty rimshots with clarity and projection when slammed, but still retains ultimate sensitivity when lightly tapped.

FEATURES
  • Supra-Phonic snares
  • P85 throw-off
  • Seamless brass shell
  • Antique black anodized finish
  • Chrome-plated hardware

SPECIFICATIONS

Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum

  • 14 x 6-1/2" size only
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LudwigSupraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (6)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Great sound (5)
  • Huge tone (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Possibly the best production snare drum... ever?

This is the one snare drum you can own and never get criticized for owning... while the standard features are nearly indentical to a Supraphonic costing far less, the plated brass shell is...Read complete review

This is the one snare drum you can own and never get criticized for owning... while the standard features are nearly indentical to a Supraphonic costing far less, the plated brass shell is unique and beyond compare. This can be special ordered with tube lugs (look better, but no different in sound) and die cast hoops (which do improve a lesser snare's sound, but make much less difference on the Black Beauty). In the listed configuration, though, the drum looks and sounds fantastic.
The Black Beauty I purchased was "standard," with supraphonic snares, P-85 throwoff, and Imperial Lugs with triple flanged hoops. That all said, "standard" on a Black Beauty is really super-deluxe compared to most other snares. The black nickel plated brass shell makes this snare sound exceptional; warm, sensitive, crisp, and not a bit of the sense that this is a "ringy" metal snare drum. All the "standard" features noted above -- even the tried and true P-85 -- work and sound flawless.
The Black Beauty exhibited no flaw to be found; no lug splay, no imperfection in the solid brass shell, not a spec on the gorgeous nickel finish. The slight heaviness of the brass shell (not too thick like most imitators) is the perfect weight for the perfect sound. I have a friend who plays and runs a studio, and has owned dozens of snares; he says this Black Beauty is the best recording snare he's ever heard.
Yes, they are damn expensive; but I have found few drummers that have ever complained about the cost, and who wouldn't own one if they could. Even (or perhaps especially) at its price point any serious drummer should have one of these in their stable of snares.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not all it's cracked up to be!

There are definitely things I like about the sound of the snare, however, not for the price! It looks beautiful but the sound is very flat. I've had a very difficult time trying...Read complete review

There are definitely things I like about the sound of the snare, however, not for the price! It looks beautiful but the sound is very flat. I've had a very difficult time trying to get it to not be flat or dead sounding. Unless you tighten the lugs super tight, they'll loosen up on you while playing meaning you have to have it tuned super high, almost like a soprano snare. I'm experienced and have been playing for 18 years. I would not recommend this snare just because the price is insane for the sound. You can get other, cheaper snares to sound good.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not all it's cracked up to be!

By 

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Distinct Metallic Sound
  • Records Well
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Lugs Loosen During Play

Best Uses

  • Recording

Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

There are definitely things I like about the sound of the snare, however, not for the price! It looks beautiful but the sound is very flat. I've had a very difficult time trying to get it to not be flat or dead sounding. Unless you tighten the lugs super tight, they'll loosen up on you while playing meaning you have to have it tuned super high, almost like a soprano snare. I'm experienced and have been playing for 18 years. I would not recommend this snare just because the price is insane for the sound. You can get other, cheaper snares to sound good.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Husband LOVES!

By 

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

        I bought this for my husband after hearing him talk about it for months. He LOVES it! I think I've been replaced as his favorite thing. :)

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Snare - Bad Throw-off

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        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Feels Right
        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Looks Great
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Lug Gets Loose
        • P85 Throw Off Gets Stuck

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Clubs
        • Rock band

        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

        I purchased this snare at a local store and after I brought it home, I noticed many small scratches on the shell. Ludwig took it back and sent me a new one in perfect condition. The snare sounds great. No complaints except for the P85 throw-off. I can't believe they use what feels likes a very cheap part on an expensvie snare drum. This drum should come with the P86 throw off for the price you pay.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent Snare

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        from Haymarket, Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Strikingly Beautiful

        Cons

        • Head Catches Brushes

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

        Will be a great jazz drum once Ludwig drumhead is smoothed out. Shouldn't need a break-in period to smooth out head in this price range. But, it's a beauty and crisp response is a delight. I play and sing in a jazz group and a smaller trio. In the smaller group, the audience sees the snare and soft brushes are most important. The head will smooth out eventually. Shouldn't have to replace it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Supraphonic Superloud

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        from Austin, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive

        Cons

        • nothing
        • Unsure If It Is Versatile

        Best Uses

        • Loud music

        Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

        Wow! I play loud music and this thing cuts through everything. My guitar player plays through three 4x12 cabs and two heads, my bass player plays through two 4x10 orange cabs and it cuts through all of that at max volume. I'm unsure of how it fares with light or soft music but with Loud music, this is the best.

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        (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Warped shell, cannot tune drum

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        from Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Looks good
        • Loud

        Cons

        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

          The shell is warped which means some lugs have to be tightened much more than others resulting in awful overtones. I pretty much can't tune it no matter what head I use. If I dampen it enough, I'm able to get an ok sound. I expected a lot more out of this drum. I'm pretty disappointed in Ludwig.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's the best...it really is.

          By 

          from Reading, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • anything

          Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

          This is, by far, the best sounding snare I've ever owned. It's easy on the eyes as well. It's one of those instruments that when you take it out of your carry case, people will stare.

          The only thing I could say is remotely close to a con is it's price. Hey, sometimes you get what you pay for... and this snare gives you more than your money's worth.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a snare for every kind of drummer

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          from upstate ny

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

            this snare has great sound with any adjustment.
            great pop and crack to it for rock,jazz,big band
            everything !!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Everything you would expect

            By 

            from Brighton, MI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

                What can I say about the Black Beauty that hasn't been said? It's beautifully built, gorgeous to look at, and so capable.
                Tuned loose, it has a very nice tone, reminds me of early small jazz combos.
                Mid-tuning is what you hear on so many recordings...just the perfect tone and snap. And the volume to stand up and be heard through a wall of Marshalls!
                Tight tuning is super articulate...sounds like a Scottish field snare..nice!!
                It's now my go-to snare....love it!

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                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My Black Beauty just arrived, Oh Wow.

                By 

                from Western North Carolina

                Comments about Ludwig Supraphonic Black Beauty Snare Drum:

                My 6 1/2 X 14 finally arrived and I immediately changed the batter head over to a Remo Ambassador coated. My stick never touched the stock head because I just didn't want to hear it that way. Tightened the new head to what I assumed would be about a medium tension and whacked it with a 5B. WOW!!! I couldn't believe how I could feel it in my gut while hearing that perfect ring with no bad overtones. My beloved other brand copper shell drum sounds like a pile of dog poo beside this awesome drum. Honestly you don't need tube lugs or die cast hoops for this thing to rock your world. If you're on the fence between this one and another, please do yourself a favor and buy this one, even if you have to save up for a while. I'm going to go play some more now.
                Yes, it's fantastic value because you really get the best drum in existence. How much is that worth? A lot.

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