One of the primary reasons Ludwig is "the most famous name on drums", is because of the legendary Black Beauty Snare Drum. The Ludwig Black Beauty brass shell is constructed of a single sheet of brass that is machine drawn and spun into a seamless beaded drum, then black nickel plated with a beautifully exquisite finish. The shell provides a warm, round metallic tone. The LB416 features Ludwig's P85 Supra-Phonic strainer, Imperial lugs, triple-flanged hoops, and a smooth finished shell. The 70 year tradition of the Ludwig Black Beauty carries on as the ultimate snare drum in the industry.