Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum

Exhibiting upgraded hoops and lugs, the Black Magic Snare Drum produces tonal purity and optimal snare response with an aggressive and powerful play style.
Ludwig's Black Beauty Snare Drums have long been the optimal choice for the touring and recording drummer in need of volume, tonal clarity, and optimal snare response. As the originator of its Black Nickel-Over-Brass shell composition, Ludwig is proud to announce the introduction of Black Magic Snare Drums. A classic formula for a more aggressive musical age, Black Magic snare drums share the same shell type with the Black Beauty, but with upgrades like matching Die-Cast hoops (2.3 mm for all stainless steel models) for increased volume, and Tube-Style lugs for maximum shell resonance.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black/Chrome, 5.5x14"
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LUD LW5514C
Ludwig Warranty ´╗┐Ludwig's manufacturer warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-348-7567
(13 ratings)
Submitted February 28, 2011 by a customer from
"Great Snare but....Could use some UPGRADES!"
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Overall a great snare for the price (could be a little cheaper!)and I don't ever plan to get rid of it as it will become my gigging snare drum. This is a great sounding snare w/ all the stock parts and heads but if you want it to sound freakin' amazing, be prepared to shell out another $100 to do so. In that I mean replacing the heads, strainer, but plate, snare wires and adding luck locks to keep the tension rods tight! I was very surprised to learn that these same stock heads and wires are also on the very expensive Black Beauty's as well?! You'd think for the money you spend on those things, you'd get top of the line everything!

This is an awesome sounding snare! Depending on your style and tuning, this drum can be very versatile and musical. Very loud rim shots with the die cast hoops. Also very sensitive. I had the stock heads on it which are equivelant in weight to Remo Ambassadors and they seemed a little higher pitched than what I like so changed them to an Emperor snare on the resonant head and an Ambassador X on the batter side and I gotta say, perfect combination for this drum. I also changed out the stock wires for Pure Sound Blasters as the stock wires are just junk. Surprisingly they even put those cheap things on the top of the line Black Beauty Snares!?

Ease of Use
Nice snare drum and versatile. Just the sound and feel of this drum makes me want to play.

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This is a great sounding snare but I think they could either upgrade the component parts for the price they sell this thing for, or lower the selling price to match the low quality of the components and heads. I got mine on sale, but you can get better sounding snares with better parts and features for the regular selling price of this drum. I played the snare at my local music store and loved it when they first came out but they wanted $350 for it 2 yrs. ago. As they've gotten more popular the price went up to $375! Like I said, I got mine on sale for $319. Knowing what I know now about the parts and heads I would say this drum should sell for no more than $300 because your gonna have to put another $100 into it to make it sound amazing!

The Wow Factor
The drum looks awesome and sounds great even with all the stock parts and heads.

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Classic & Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
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