It is almost difficult to review this drum because it has high scores across the board. It has a beautifully rich and deep quality, gently reflecting its metallic properties but retaining a mellow sound. The rim shots are amazing as they bring the entire snare into unanimous harmony. Side sticks and rim clicks are pronounced and musical. I swear, even hitting the side of the snare sounds better than in other models. This is just super musical.
Because I got it used, the snare already had drum heads on it. It had remo drum heads, including an ambassador batter. I am not sure if these are the best for this, but because they sounded great and were in good condition I have not tried any others. In a few more months I will probably try to experiment a bit. I have a feeling that all heads sound good on this drum.
The lugs and snares were extremely high quality. It is a striking drum, shining with thorough engineering. There are really no downsides to this, except for the high price. Despite the cost, giving a few minuted to listen to a Black Beauty is usually all it takes before the price seems irrelevant.