Jon Cross made his first drumkit, a six-piece with segment-style purpleheart shells, in 2009, and he launched his company in 2011, focusing on building segment- and stave-shell drums from exotic woods. We were sent a gorgeous 6.5x14 segment-shell snare featuring two types of ebony: a middle section of black Asian Gaboon and outer sections of striped-brown African Macassar.

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