The Walkabout Series is the personal project of Brady Drum Company founder, Chris Brady. Chris travels deep into the remote deserts and forests of Australia to hand select small volumes of rare, indigenous timber species' previously never seen in the drum industry which are then handcrafted into limited editions, rarities and one-of-a-kind snare drums.
The Australian continent has a land mass of 7.6 million square kilometers (almost 3 million square miles) and has diverse growth environments and climates. These "walkabout" excursions allow Chris to hand-select an individual tree from any location, while evaluating the unique characteristics of each species and their different growth environments and, in turn, how that effects or impacts its use in a musical instrument.
By employing unconventional "hands on" methods to tailor both the sound and look of the instrument while in the wilderness, the Walkabout Series brings extraordinary elements to Brady's exceptional drum range. This rare line will also include occasional limited edition exotic veneers for Brady's ply shell snare drum and drum kit range. Traveling for days in some of the most isolated land in the world for such small quantities of any given species guarantees that availabilities in the Walkabout Series will constantly change.
To start off 2011, Brady has announced the following introductions:
- 5 Goldfields Gimlet (Eucalyptus Salubris) Block Snare Drums
- 1 Sugar Gum (Eucalyptus Cladocalyx) Block Snare Drum
- 1 Wandoo (Eucalyptus Wandoo) Ply Snare Drum
- 1 Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus Maculata) Block Drum.
To reserve one of these exclusive instruments, please contact your local Brady retailer or view the Brady website for a current indigenous species availability list.
Brady is an Australian manufacturer of handcrafted drums that uses indigenous woods such as Jarrah, Sheoak, Wandoo and Spotted Gum in block and ply configurations. The designs, manufacturing philosophy and procedures are the results of Chris Brady’s 30 years of experience in turning unique Australian hardwoods into percussive gems. A vision that began in one man’s garage has become one of the most desired instruments of players throughout the world, including a client list of more than 400 internationally-known drummers who have purchased one or more Brady drums for their personal collections. For more information, visit www.bradydrums.com.au.