"Gretsch Black Copper snare drums include all the elements of a classic copper shell but with a very unique twist. Each snare starts with a copper shell which is known to have a warm, articulate tone. A thin layer of black powder coating is applied to the shell which adds just the right amount of control to the overall sonic character of the drum. The finishing touch is a laser engraved round badge logo exposing the copper shell hidden underneath.Because of its softer composition, copper delivers a combination of dry warmth, punch, and dynamic range, resulting in a player-friendly snare drum thats well-suited for a variety of musical applications. A Lightning throw off, 42-Strand snare wires, die cast hoops and Snap-In key holder round-out the features of this unique snare drum."