Doctors and dentists spend lots of money for equipment.... If someone is deeply into the pro-aspect? Then its warranted.Yeah, because I have played hundreds of shows and hundreds of studio dates. All the mic and sound person do is capture the sound of the drum. If the sound of the drum is meh, then there's little the sound person can do to fix it.
Yeah, I have recorded hundreds of snares, from $50 snares to $5,000 snares. A lot if times the $50 snare can sound great. Usually at one tension, with one perfect set of heads. My Craviotto Dark Cherry sounds stellar at multiple pitches in multiple set ups (for different genres and tunes).
If all you need is one snare sound, then a $250 snare is going to do you just fine.
In my experience, my Crav Dark Cherry has sounded fantastic (and inspired me) in bad sounding rooms, in difficult situations, and that's why it's worth it to me to have a more flexible drum.
what happened Original poster...Hey guys,
So about 6 months back I was able to pick up a late 90s Craviotto/DW solid maple snare drum. It's 5.5"x14" with a maple shell and is signed by Johnny. The drum is absolutely gorgeous and the workmanship is incredible, but I just can't get it to sound good.
How did the story end. ; ).................
They can sound great. For that price, they better sound great.Yeah, I'm not into the collector aspect to Craviotto, the gold hardware type stuff.
They just sound great IMO
You are who its for! Enjoy.A good buddy of mine is a mechanic here in town. He could certainly drive a bolt or screw with some cheapo screwdriver from Harbor Freight. Instead, he chooses to buy a Snap-On screwdriver for a much higher price. 99% of the rest of us wouldn’t know the difference or care, but for him, it’s worth the money.
Who am I to talk sh!t about him spending the extra money for an expensive screwdriver? He feels it’s necessary to do his job. Same applies here. Sure, there are 18 million snare drums that will get you 95% of the way to a DW/Crav, and 99% of us would never hear a difference. By that rationale, we should all just own a Stage Custom and an Acrolite and be done with it.
No thanks. I’m gonna play my DW/Crav (just one of a few “overpriced/overhyped” snares I own) with the confidence and swagger that I’m using a great tool. 99% won’t notice, but I will, not only in sound but in overall satisfaction and the story behind my acquisition.
Well.............I made drums with Johnny Craviotto for around 13 years before he started "Craviotto Drum Company", and all the way till 3 years after his death. DW couldn't sell a sub par shell from Craviotto because We wouldn't sell them one!
Johnny and his partner starting Craviotto Drum Company had nothing to do with DW "selling bad shells". Johnny always loved being a part of the DW family! DW did purchase Vaughncraft shells as well though.
Hi Matthew, I'm hanging in there! Nashville just wasn't in the cards for me. Maybe if I was 20 years old, I would have moved out there. Looking at maybe doing a little something out here on the west coast! We'll see.Hey Eric! I hope your well and doing great bro!