Since the beginning of American drum manufacturing, the most coveted wood shell snare drums were made using a “solid shell” or “single ply”. Solid shell or single ply drums are made from a single piece of premium hand-selected wood that is painstakingly steam bent, by hand, into a drum shell. While solid shell drums have been around for nearly a century, only Craviotto Drum Company has perfected the art of steam bending and handcrafting solid shell snare drums, drum sets, and concert percussion instruments. Johnny has perfected his trade over many years and continues to implement the time honored Old World traditions that trace back hundreds of years.
Performing artists and recording engineers agree that nothing compares to the rich, warm, and sensitive sounds that only a solid shell drum can produce. Johnny Craviotto and the Craviotto Drum Company have recreated the magic found in the prized solid shell drums of yesteryear. Craviotto Drum Company continues to innovate, redefine, and rewrite the history of American drum manufacturing, one solid shell drum at a time. All drums make noise, but solid shell drums make music.