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Here is a quick reference for the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum from the re-introduction in 1977.

 


1977 Ludwig Black Beauty Flyer. Brass Shell Drums


The Ludwig Black Beauty
Black Beauty Super Sensitive
Ludwig Supra-Phonic


1980 Ludwig Catalog and Flyer - Brass Shells with custom engraving.



Selmer Takes over in 1981 and the switch to Bronze happens in the 1981 Set-Up Flyer. The switch was based on cost of materials.


1981 Set-up flyer with the introduction of the bronze shell. No Black Beauty pictured.




1981 Outfitter flyer with the introduction of the bronze shell. No Black Beauty pictured.

 


The 1982 Catalog still has the bronze shell, but no Black Beauty pictured.



The 1984 Catalog has the bronze shell, but no Black Beauty pictured.



The 1988 catalog shows the Black Beauty in bronze.


 


1991 Catalog and 1992 Catalog



1994 Catalog shows the drums as being Brass Shells

 
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