Craviotto Drums And The Gospel Of Johnny Craviotto


Today we’re talking with Craviotto Drums to learn about how they have become one of the most well respected and sought after custom drum builders around.

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Written by Jake Nicolle

“The drums speak for themselves.” Nathaniel Mela

Nathaniel plays a major role in helping bringing Craviotto drums to the marketplace. He’s also surrounded by Craviotto drums daily, making him one of the luckiest guys we can think of.

Nathaniel Mela

Nathaniel gives us the lowdown on his experience working with Craviotto and the backstory of Johnny Craviotto. He shares how Johnny growing up using drums from the 20-40’s had an impact on Johnny’s inspiration to pursue a particular style of drum crafting after seeing a shift from major manufacturers to ply drum shells in the 80’s.

About Craviotto Drums

Craviotto one-ply, solid shell drum sets provide a sound and feel that is instantly recognizable. Each drum is handmade from premium quality, hand-selected wood boards. We begin at the source to ensure your instrument is free from imperfections. From there, each drum takes several weeks to make – start to finish. The result is an instrument that speaks for itself and inspires others.

Each Craviotto one-ply, solid shell drum wears over one thousand fingerprints from the pickiest, most exacting talented drum craftsmen in the business. You bet and proud of it. From Maple, to Ash, to Walnut to Mahogany, let the fine craftsmen at Craviotto construct the instrument you’ve been seeking.

Why listen to this episode? You will learn How:

Craviotto was birthed

Johnny Craviotto’s inspiration to begin building custom drums first came from and how Neil Peart was an early artist

Ringo Starr playing drums on the Ed Sullivan show impacted the culture of drumming as a whole and especially for companies like Zildjian Cymbals and Ludwig drums.

Jake Nicolle messed up on a Snare trade that led to the formation of with Steve Augustine (I didn’t mess up that bad on the trade)!

Johnny built such an impressive roster of artists who all buy the drums and don’t receive giveaways

Johnny used to tour with Buffy St. Marie, Neil Young and many others

the early 20s, 30s and 40s drums had an impact on the Craviotto sound

To cope with letting go of a drum you regret parting ways with


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Craviotto Kits



“Just another Fish.” – Johnny Craviotto

“It spread like wildfire amongst the right people.”

“All these guys have approached him and I think that stems from the fact that Johnny is really doing something unique.”

“The drums speak for themselves.”

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People And Artists Mentioned

Johnny Craviotto

Emily Smith


Ludwig Drums

Ringo Starr

Huey Lewis and the News

Solid Drum Company

Jim Keltner

DW Drums

Don Lombardi

Ronnie Vannucci

Jason McGerr

Bernie Dresel

Brian Blade

Chris McHugh

Chad Cromwell

Chris Tyrell

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