The Black Beauty snare by Ludwig is one of the most recognizable, and most recorded snare drums in history. The instrument is constructed primarily out of brass with an outer coating of black-nickel chrome. The brass construction allows the drum to be extremely bright and crisp while the black-nickel plating on the exterior, softens the blow of the brass to make it a more palatable tone. Crisp, clean and timeless, this drum is one of 'holy grails' in drumming. All the hype you've heard about it is well deserved.