Drum Doctor: Top 5 Tools Of His Trade

1. 1970 14" x 5" Ludwig Engraved Black Beauty

I bought this drum new in the early ’70s when I first got hip to the fact that the Black Beauty was a cool snare. Actually, any of Ludwig’s early ’70s drums are usually pretty good. This specific snare I saw in a display case at a drum shop in Los Angeles that I used to go to as a kid. Nobody else wanted to spend the money for this instrument and it sat in the display case for two years. I finally went down there and we came to terms on it. I don’t recall what I paid for it, but whatever it was it was well worth it.

This little drum has been on more records than I can name, but one of the big ones was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Chad Smith used this on most of those tracks and tuned it really high, ringy, and wide open.

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