Ludwig Black Beauty
You'll get excellent sensitivity from any Black Beauty, but that doesn't mean you can't fine-tune it. The drum comes with one of three different strainers to get exactly the character you want: P85 Supra-Phonic, P86 Millennium or P70 Super-Sensitive. You can also choose a hand-hammered shell, or the brass-on-brass version which makes for resonating rim shots and cross-stick sounds.
Ludwig's drums have a long list of accolades from drummers as renowned as Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, John Bonham and Alex Van Halen. With a resume like that, it's no wonder that they're the standard other drums have to measure up to. Of all the drums that Ludwig makes, the Black Beauty is essentially the ultimate.
Craftsmanship and experience go a long way in the quality of any instrument, and drums are absolutely subject to that rule. Not only does the Ludwig Black Beauty set the bar for all other snare drums, it's been doing so for more than 80 years. That's hard to beat, and once you hear the Black Beauty in action, you'll understand why it's had the crown for all this time.