Recreating the Magic of the 1930's Engraved Black Beauty Snare Drum
Few snare drums are more iconic than the legendary Ludwig Black Beauty of the 1920's and 30's. Its black nickel over brass shell set the standard for what a great snare drum should sound like. The 12 point flower engraving made this snare drum visually stunning, as well.
Today, you can find several examples of handmade snare drums created in the Black Beauty's iconic image. We've put together a video comparing 3 modern snare drums that were influenced by the classic Ludwig model. As a bonus, we included a demo of an original vintage Black Beauty from the early 1930's!
Every drum made by Adrian Kirchler is a true work of art. The detail in this custom-made piece is second to none. AK drums are all completely handmade in Italy and are not easy to come by. We waited over a year to get our hands on these beautiful instruments, and it was well worth it!
This snare drum features a 1-piece brass shell in Gun Metal finish with traditional scroll engraving. The shell is adorned in "pre-aged" gold hardware, completely handmade by Adrian himself. Don't hesitate to get your hands on one of these phenomenal heirloom pieces before the opportunity is gone!
The JNDC Scrolled Elite is exquisitely faceted in a hand-engraved feather motif scroll. These extraordinary drums are hand-engraved by the world-renowned master drum engraver John Aldridge. Each drum is truly one-of-a-kind, both aesthetically and sonically.
Hand-selected for their increased mass and density, the Scrolled Elite shells possess an explosive power that is literally felt. Its hardware consists of 2.5mm solid brass hoops with ten solid brass Corder tube lugs. It also features bell-flanged bearing edges and vintage-inspired crimped snare beds for an authentic vintage vibe.
The Dunnett 2N snare drum model has been a best-seller here at Drum Center of Portsmouth. This hand-engraved model with classy brass trim takes everything up a notch.
While the Dunnett is the most affordable of the 3 snares in this comparison, it doesn't skimp on features. John Aldridge has painstakingly engraved the shell of this beefy snare drum, making it one of a kind. The shell also features a thin lacquer finish that will Patina over time. This drum will darken through the years, making it a truly desirable collector's piece!
High-End Snare Drums are our Specialty
At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we are known for our boutique snare drum inventory. We carry the largest selection of the finest instruments you will find anywhere. If you are looking for something truly special to add to your collection, look no further than the Drum Center of Portsmouth!