I have several Ludwig snares (LM 411, Vistalite, Bubinga, Brass on chrome, etc.) and I recently bought a rare and new model!!! It's a 14x5 hammered Black Beauty with golden hardware like a Brass on Brass from the Ludwig catalog but hammered. And the best is that it has the old serial number badge. Generally Ludwig makes theses snares for its endorsers. I was lucky to find one but it wasn't cheap... The snare has a unique sound. Hammered Black Beauties have a phenomenal sound. You can play everything with such an instrument. I've been playing for 25 years and I had never heard such sound perfection. It's true, it was very expensive but it's worth it and I can't get tired of this snare.