Ludwig's Black Beauty snare drums have long been a popular choice for the touring and recording drummer. Now, Ludwig has taken its "Black Nickel-Over-Brass shell" blueprint a step further with the introduction of Black Magic snares.
Black Magic feature the same shell type as the Beauties, but include matching die-cast hoops and tube-style lugs for increased volume. The first batch, available in 14"x6.5", 13"x7" and 14"x5" models, should hit the shops around September this year. Prices start at £379.
Black Magic certainly look the part, but the question of them sounding different enough to warrant a whole new line will have to wait until we get our hands on one. Then again, anything that looks and sounds like a Black Beauty snare drum can't be bad.