I've played nothing but a Black Beauty for the past 12 years.....and never will play anything else
I'd say a little for the name sure, but I also own a World Max Brass snare (5", "vintage" model), and while it's a really nice sounding snare, it's still an 8 vs. a 10 (side by side) to my ear.Totally agree. I've heard plenty of snares that sounded great or just as good as a BB but cost way less. While the BB is a quality snare you're paying a premium for the name more than anything.
If you ever find yourself with half an hour to kill....and want to humour yourself. Take 'em off and have a listen to the drum without them. The gaskets do make a pretty noticeable difference to the shell tone. You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that old fashioned Black Beauty mojo ringing loud and clear without them......after all, that's the sound that became famous in the first place. You can always put them straight back on if it ain't doing it for you.Before it came in I was debating whether or not to remove the rubber gaskets under the lugs, but after giving it a proper tuning and playing it a bit I think I'll leave them on - it sounds great as is.
How does a BM compare to a BB is sound?Probably a bad Ludwig head, usually they're pretty good, as far as roundness.
One thing I noticed at the shop yesterday, they have 6.5 BB, and Black Magic snares on the shelf. The plating on the BB is much more "mirror like", and the BM was more, super shiny black.
More "plated" looking than just real shiny Black, but it didn't have the same look at all. Nice sounding snare though.
So can I. Do you prefer it without the gaskets? I had a friend who bought one a while back and we A/B'd my BB without gaskets to his that had them on. His verdict? We ripped 'em off on the spot.To my ears, I can hear a difference in the sound.
BM is more focused, but the reality is that that comes down to the die cast hoops as opposed to any real differences in the shell alone IMHO (i.e. seamless vs welded). I currently have die casts on my BB as an experiment. They really dry the drum out....way more so than the gaskets. Great in my boomy practice room....but if I ever went back gigging on a more regular basis, they'd come off immediately.....just kills the mojo that the BB is famous for in the first place IMHO.How does a BM compare to a BB is sound?
I think the real difference in a seamed, and spun shell is the kind of shell ring you get.How does a BM compare to a BB is sound?