This snare drum has changed the way we look at signature snare drums. Sure, there's a lower price on this than most high end Ludwig snare drums, but the performance is there. Carl Palmer's "Venus" Signature Snare Drum is a truly-personlized instrument, Carl's "Venus" is crafted for volume and intricate clarity. Its beaded-brass 3.7"x14" shell is lacquered green for a stunning look, with brass-plated separate-tension tube lugs and die-cast hoops to offer visual contrast. More than a "Power-Piccolo",this drum has a diverse tuning range and delivers a much higher performance than the price indicates.