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Ludwig Black Beauty Brass Shell Snare Drum LB417 6.5"x14"


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What else can really be said about the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum? This is one of the most iconic and legendary drums of all time. In fact it’s probably one of the biggest reasons why Ludwig is considered “The Most Famous Name in Drums”! Many have tried to copy it’s classic look and sound, but none have come close. Let’s get you introduced to this marvel of modern music.

On February 12, 1924 Paul Whiteman conducted the first performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” in New York’s Aeolian Hall. At first chair of the percussive section was George Marsh and his Ludwig black nickel chrome finished snare drum. Whiteman later christened this drum the “Black Beauty” for it’s stunning looks and unsurpassed sound. That night a legend was born. For decades these drum were custom order by players all over the world. Fifty three years later in 1977 Ludwig made these drums available to the public. Since that time they have been used on countless recordings, gigs, and become every drummer’s object of desire.

The Black Beauty features a spun, seamless, beaded brass shell with black-nickel chrome plating. This stunning shell lays the groundwork for the rest of the drum. It delivers a sharp, biting sound with crisp ghost notes, an unbelievably pronounced rim-shot, and an overall clarity and projection that can’t be matched. It’s amazingly warm for a metal snare with an open, full-bodied attack. This drum also features triple-flanged hoops, imperial lugs, a P-85 throw-off, and a cast butt-plate.

Triple-flange hoops are a lot livelier than their die-cast counterparts. These hoops help give the drum a more vibrant, open sound that gives it plenty of power when struck dead center and tons of articulation for ghost notes. Though they may not be as heavy as die-cast hoops, they certainly still deliver a sharp rim shot, crystal clear side stick, and reliable tuning. The Imperial lugs give this drum a classy look while not adding additional weight to the shell, allowing it to resonate freely. The P-85 is the classic Ludwig throw-off everyone has come to know and love. Since it’s introduction in mid 60’s this throw-off has become the yardstick to which all other throw offs are measured. This thing is easily adjustable and provides precise and accurate snare tension. The cast butt-plate is super reliable and provides solid playability.     

So, what are you waiting for? It’s never been easier to get the snare drum of your dreams at a great price. Get your Ludwig LB417 6.5X14” Brass Black Beauty Snare Drum from Sam Ash Direct today. With fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price, the security of our many decades of experience, and the Sam Ash Direct 45/60 day return/price protection policy, you can’t possibly go wrong!

Things You Will Get:

  • Snare Drum
  • Drum Key

No Regrets!


What can I say about one of the best Snares made other than I am very happy with this drum! Great sound!

Tommy 2X

Lindenhurst, NY


Black Beauty review


I'm a Pearl guy, always have been. I've of course heard a Black Beauty snare, but never had the opportunity to play one myself. A few days ago a friend of mine, also a drummer, was doing a recording session and invited me to stop by. He had his Black Beauty set up ready to record, and asked me to play around on his kit while they got sounds. There is no doubt or mystery why this snare drum is iconic as it is. Simply amazing, dynamic, responsive. Most impressive is the warm tone from a brass shell. Not that you need my approval, but I highly recommend.

Preston Nash LC Indy

Indianapolis IN


Great Looking and Great Sound


I purchased this drum in store but when I got it home, I noticed lots of small scratches. The salesman contacted Ludwig and set up a replacement. The new drum sounds and looks beautiful.

Joe The Drummer

Wantagh, NY


Black Beauty Brass Shell Snare Drum LB417 6.5""x14""

5.0 3


Series Black Beauty Series
Model 6.5X14 Brass Shell Black Beauty Snare Drum
Warranty Info:

Black Beauty Brass Shell Snare Drum LB417 6.5"x14"

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for three years and labor for three years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.