Anyone playing the Craviotto Diamond series?

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I’ve used Gretsch for the most part over a long period so that’s where I’m coming from. I got my first kit back in the mid 70’s. I’ve also got a Craviotto maple kit which was why I was interested in the Diamond series. I first heard a Diamond kit and it was tuned very low and while that’s not my favourite tuning the drums sounded immense, really big and deep. I have mine tuned low mid (to my mind) and they sound very clear and punchy, theres a lot of clarity there.
I’ll send a photo of the bearing edge, it’s a very sharp edge, unlike anything I’ve seen before on a wood drum. I also believe the ply shells are configured in a different way, I think there’s a video with Sam Bacco explaining them. Hope this helps.
It kind of looks like Dunnett's straight shot-bearing edge just on a wood drum. Pretty neat.
 

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I’ve used Gretsch for the most part over a long period so that’s where I’m coming from. I got my first kit back in the mid 70’s. I’ve also got a Craviotto maple kit which was why I was interested in the Diamond series. I first heard a Diamond kit and it was tuned very low and while that’s not my favourite tuning the drums sounded immense, really big and deep. I have mine tuned low mid (to my mind) and they sound very clear and punchy, theres a lot of clarity there.
I’ll send a photo of the bearing edge, it’s a very sharp edge, unlike anything I’ve seen before on a wood drum. I also believe the ply shells are configured in a different way, I think there’s a video with Sam Bacco explaining them. Hope this helps.
Thank you for the photo and for your comments. The video Sam did was more promotional in nature than anything; he mentioned the layup and edges briefly, but didn't go into any detail, if I recall correctly. Hearing from someone who owns a kit is far more valuable to me. I'm really interested to hear a kit for myself; I might take a road trip to Nashville to find out for myself. looking forward to any other observations you might have. I'm all about anything Sam makes.
 

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I’ve got one of these Leedy reissues that Gretsch made in the mid 2000’s. I believe Sam Bacco was involved in this project, can you shed any light on it? It’s a great sounding drum.
 

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