Since Johnny Craviotto founded his company in 2004 he was always looking for new ideas to further enhance the incredible and unique process he perfected. When Johnny passed in 2016 we pledged to continue his legacy and vision, which is what he wanted. It has been almost three years since Johnny passed, but during that time we have been very focused on planning the future in keeping with Johnny's vision. Our goal in this process was to continue to preserve the "formula" Johnny developed for the world's finest solid shell drums, and also to help define ways to increase production and efficiencies to meet growing market demand.
In this regard we are proud to announce the next phase for the Craviotto legacy:
Craviotto Drums will relocate to Nashville, TN. This location was selected for several reasons, including closer proximity to resources for wood; a vibrant city which is arguably the "music capital of the world"; and close proximity to the Fork's store and our newly acquired Annex, which will allow players and dealers to be able to more easily experience the Craviotto instruments and to tour the workshop.
The new location will occupy 15,000sf of our recently acquired 35,000sf Annex facility on Nolensville Pike in Nashville. The remaining 20,000sf will be occupied by Fork's and used as additional space for the Fork’s business. The size of the new workshop will be three times the size of the current facility. Additionally, this new ‘master workshop’ will utilize a blend of Johnny's original technology along with modern enhancements that will keep these hand made instruments true to Johnny's vision, but will allow for throughput to be increased, and therefore will reduce delivery times to the market.
The workshop will be managed by Sam Bacco. Sam was a good friend of Johnny's and has decades of experience as a player, a private builder, and also as a factory/workshop design expert. Sam has the ability to help direct Craviotto to the next level while keeping these hand made instruments true to Johnny's vision. Sam's experience is extensive: He is Principal Percussionist for the Nashville Symphony, and his drum building skills have been utilized by Slingerland, Gretsch, Cooperman, Mapex and more. He is the perfect choice to manage the process going forward. Of course, all of the wonderful existing Craviotto staff will be offered positions in the new location.
In terms of our time-table, we anticipate ending production in California on or about June 30th, and then having all equipment moved to Nashville. Sam has been working on the Nashville workshop layout for several weeks now and we anticipate being able to resume production in Nashville circa Sept 1.
Ideally, we would like to be able to make the transition without any "downtime", (especially since in our current environment demand is very high, and we have been unable to supply the market as quickly as we would like). However, with the need to move heavy equipment and all other parts and materials, we do need to have a firm cut off date so we can migrate everything as soon as possible.
We are proud to have produced over 850 solid shell drum sets and more than 5000 solid shell snare drums since 2004. Our new initiative will prepare us for the next phase so that everyone can enjoy the world’s finest hand made solid shell drums for decades to come.
We will be sending regular communications out to our dealer network and to all of our customers as the process moves forward. We are very excited to be able to make this commitment for Johnny and his legacy.