I recently purchased a brand new Craviotto Johnny C snare drum from a reputable store and when I unboxed it, I was somewhat surprised to see that it didn't come with a drum key. I haven't purchased too many new snares in my lifetime, but those I have always included a drum key. I contacted the store and was told that the Johnny C snares don't come with a key (while the more expensive Craviottos do). I'm very happy with the drum and I certainly have enough other drum keys, so I'm not mad. I just had assumed that all new snare drums come with a key. By the way, there was a Craviotto drum key up for auction on ebay last week that went for $37 (way too high for me to justify bidding simply to have a Craviotto key).