I can picture Brady Drums’ grizzled artisan Chris Brady wandering alone through the Australian outback, exploring deserts and forests alike with a few simple tools and a day’s provisions, searching for that prime log that demands to be made into a unique snare drum shell.
These lonely excursions have finally given birth to a whole new snare drum line – the aptly named Walkabout Series, featuring one-of-a-kind shells made of rare hand selected indigenous timber species never before seen in the drum industry. And since Chris travels for days in some of the most isolated land in the world to find such small quantities of any given species, it guarantees that availabilities in the Walkabout Series will constantly change.
Only a handful of U.S. drum shops have just begun to carry Brady Walkabout snare drums, which this year include models made of Karijini (shown above, currently available at Fork's Drum Closet and Memphis Drum Shop), Australian Cedar Wattle block-shell (available at Fork’s Drum Closet and Drum Center Of Portsmouth), and Brown Mallet ply drums (available at Fork's Drum Closet).
And that’s all she wrote until June, when Brady will introduce its second round of 2012 releases.