to the Ludwig Black Beauty
Snare Drum history web site!
We get a lot of questions about the
Ludwig Black Beauty and decided to
create a web site with all of the
history we have gathered over the
years of research.
De Luxe Drum was originally introduced
in the 1920's as a special snare drum
with options to have simulated gold
finish and special shell engraving.
In the 1930's it was called the Black
Beauty snare drum.
in the mid-late 30's the drum was
dropped from the catalogs and did
not re-appear until 1977 when it was
re-introduced. This is where we will
focus with the web site, since more
people own the newer Black Beauty
have a catalog
and flyer time line for the Black
Beauty which shows you the drums and
shells and how they went from brass
to bronze and back to brass.
video in the player was taken by us
at The Chicago Drum shows and shows
you a little of how the hand engraving
works on these drums. The engraver
is John Aldridge and you can email
him on his web site if you want a
snare drum engraved.
let him know you found him by this
web site. We want the drumming community
to know we are out there promoting
drums and drum history.
ask us any questions about your Ludwig
Black Beauty Snare Drum!