Correct, they start with the same brass shell and will sound alike if outfitted alike (with the same hoops, lugs, heads, wires & tuning.)Sound wise, I can't think of any advantage to having a Black beauty. The audience and your band mates won't know the difference.
Also correct, and therefore a BB will have more value if/when you sell it down the road. If resale isn't a consideration, save the money and get the COB.But other drummers will say, "Oh, nice Black Beauty you have there".
It's also the one drum that the drummer absolutely cannot see (in terms of its finish) when playing. :OIt is a shame that SNARE drums are never seen by the audience. it is unquestionably the most important drum in the drum set. And it is usually the most beautifully decorated drum in the drum set.
Yeah, I guess your right. You never know when a girl might walk up to your drum set while your sitting there and look at your snare drum.....I can't see my underwear either. But that doesn't mean I'm content to wear the dirty, unwashed pair with the holes in crotch because of it.
I'll go against the grain and say that I can hear a difference between chrome plating and nickel plating and I don't like chrome plating as much.
It is my understanding that chrome is clear, and the color comes from the nickel plating under the chrome. I don't know about brass but on steel it's copper, then nickel, then chrome. That's where the inaccurate term, triple chrome plating comes from. I assume all chrome plating is done that way.
I'm wondering if that might be down to the actual shell itself though, Dre? The overall shell specs of the Sonor are quite possibly very different to the Ludwig. But the Luddy shells will be identical between the two models, leaving the outer plating as the only difference.Recently I bought a Sonor phil rudd 14x5 which is chrome over brass unlike my other 2 and I noticed it was more of a wet sound and much brighter.
But the Phil Rudd has a straight shell and die-cast hoops, which will sound completely different than a beaded shell with flanged hoops. Beaded shells are dryer and higher in pitch that non-beaded shells. So as far as the "darker" part, since the shell has a higher pitch you can tune the heads a little looser, generally ending up with a softer, slightly darker sound.Recently I bought a Sonor phil rudd 14x5 which is chrome over brass unlike my other 2 and I noticed it was more of a wet sound and much brighter.