If you're looking for a well-defined cut-through snare sound, then this snare is for you. I'm using it for a Funk/Rap/Rock band (Milo Z) where I need a powerful and strong snare sound and the Ludwig Black Beauty can give me that. I wouldn't use a snare head that's too bright sounding because of the snare's brass shell, the snare already sounds very bright. If you like the snare's characteristics it's worth spending the money. I have to say it is very pricy, but you'll have it for a life-time.
Pete the drummer
New York City