In 2006 Johnny Craviotto and his team first started to produce drum sets from solid steam bent one-ply wood. Johnny and I first started conversations about the possibility of these kits over 5 years earlier. Now they are a reality, and it was worth the wait. These drums are the finest drums I have ever played. Johnny's solid shell snare drums have always been the standard upon which all else is judged, and the same can now be said for his toms and bass drums. We received the first of these kits and have sold many more since then. Our favorite configuration is bebop sizes 8x12, 14x14, 14x18, 5.5x14 snare. The toms and bass drum can be tuned high for the "Gretsch-like" bebop sound, but they can be tuned down very low and still retain purity of tone with superb response. The 14x14 can sound like a timpani tuned low, or sound like a bebop 14x14. The 8x12 has incredible tuning range as well. The bass drum functions superbly as a bebop drum, but can also tune down deep and still retain a true resonant sound. The sets with larger drum sizes create even more incredible depth, sustain and projection. Johnny's solid shell snares are legendary, and his new proprietary "One-Ply" process for toms and bass drums utilizes perfectly matched sections of steam bent solid wood that are joined into a virtually seamless shell, and fitted with reinforcement rings. The natural finish kits also have a beautiful deluxe "diamond" wood inlay pattern around the circumference of the shell. The construction process for these kits is superb and there is nothing like it on the market today. These drums are truly the finest in the world. Call us for more information! You owe it to yourself to own a set of these drums! They may well be the last set you ever buy.
The sound file below demonstrates three distinct tuning range available with these drums, all done by Steve on his 8x12, 14x14, 14x18, 5.5x14 Craviotto set. One tuning will be high, one medium and one low. The tuning range is vast, with no loss of sensitivity, projection and sound no matter where you tune the drums.
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