Australian Drum Makers

BassDriver

Silver Member
Apart from Spirit Drums, Brady Drums and Sleishman Drums, are there any Australian drum makers that make drums in Australia.
 

oops

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Apart from Spirit Drums, Brady Drums and Sleishman Drums, are there any Australian drum makers that make drums in Australia.
Fidock springs to mind.

The biggest issue with all Australian companies (IMO) is they're sooooo expensive.

Seriously, why should I be paying $1400 for a drum made in my back yard?

(and seriously, the company in question is within 50 km of my house)
 

Dedworx

Senior Member
are there any that are good quality but cheaper in cost? in aus or anywhere really?

like how bosphorus= equal quality without ridiculous mark up for cymbals?
 

BassDriver

Silver Member
Seriously, why should I be paying $1400 for a drum made in my back yard?

(and seriously, the company in question is within 50 km of my house)
By the sound of things, they are always good, no crap mass-produced dums only custom. It is these small businesses that struggle to compete with the big corporations, who do they have to sell to? It is because big corporations have the financial leverage to make individual drumkits at less expensive prices.

Atleast you can be garranteed that someone has had the time to carefully supervise the crafting of these drums by ear.
 

Solaris

Silver Member
Because Australian hardwood rules.

Put it this way - for a custom block snare from an American boutique drum shop, (say, Artisan Drum Works) you're looking at around 1200 to 1500 bucks AUD, plus freight. It's not like you're paying any more for an Australian-made boutique drum than you would a drum of similar quality made by a similarly small company.

The end of the argument is this: someone had to put a lot of time and effort into making a Brady, Metro, GAS, Sleishman etc... drum, and they weren't paid sweat-shop wages to do it either. They used superior wood and hardware, had better construction methods, had tighter quality control and put more than just their time into building the instrument. Boutique drum makers (and lets face it, until Brady goes offshore and has 1,000 Indonesian's churning out 100 Bradies a day, they're boutique) put more of themselves into their instruments than any big-business drum companies. So when you buy boutique, you're not paying for the same sort of instrument as you would get from a big-business company. Not only do I believe that boutique drums are of higher quality, but, unarguably, they are also more unique.
 

Drums&Beer

Senior Member
I won't mention what I shelled out for my Brady stave snare, but I will say that is was worth every penny I paid. This drum can do anything! It can sound like a vintage Radio King, or thick as molasses. It's also a great jazz snare. I cannot say the same about any other snare I have owned, and I have had some pretty good ones over the years. It records like a dream & has unbelievable tone & sensitivity.
 

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gwbaker

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Killer Brady Snare.... The Aussies seem to have woods available to them that you just don't see every day. I own a Sleishman 5 1/2 X 14 snare in 'iron bark', which I think is pretty much like the Brady 'ironwood' shells. The wood is very dense and it projects like nothing I've ever heard. Iron bark is being used less due to it's scarcity. The build on these drums (Brady, Spirit and Sleishman) just seem to be at a very high level and the fact that the weight of the stave and one-piece, hand carved shells make them expensive to ship. I am pretty loaded with snares and will probably be selling it on ebay soon (if I don't sell it locally first). If money were no object for me, I would certainly consider purchasing a complete Sleishman or Brady kit. It would take some deep pockets.
 

gwbaker

Senior Member
Postscript: Also.... Drums and Beer, which 'Yammie' kit is that? The set that I use the most is the MCA. I also have a Gretsch 'stop sign' and a 62' Rogers Holiday w/ (COB Dynasonic).
 
I won't mention what I shelled out for my Brady stave snare, but I will say that is was worth every penny I paid. This drum can do anything! It can sound like a vintage Radio King, or thick as molasses. It's also a great jazz snare. I cannot say the same about any other snare I have owned, and I have had some pretty good ones over the years. It records like a dream & has unbelievable tone & sensitivity.
I was just readying about these snares in the most recent MD. They seem to be pretty incredible. Versitile, beautiful, and pricey as well. haha nice to know it provides such a diverse sound. I wanna look into getting one myself
 

Drums&Beer

Senior Member
Postscript: Also.... Drums and Beer, which 'Yammie' kit is that? The set that I use the most is the MCA. I also have a Gretsch 'stop sign' and a 62' Rogers Holiday w/ (COB Dynasonic).
Hey there. The Yamahas are MCA's in Vintage Natural sized 18x14" 12x8" & 14x14". I also picked up a 10x7.5" tom just to have the 2-up one down set-up option. They're great drums, excellent for jazz combo work. They're the only set of ply drums that I own that sound really good and don't choke out tuned-up. They're quite versatile.

Funny, I also have some Gretsch stop sign's from the 70's. Holidays are great drums man. I was looking for a 20, 12, 14 set for a long time, either that or a Ludwig Downbeat, but gave up and decided to buy new.

I got the Yamahas prior to the big 2010 price increase, so I feel pretty good about the purchase.
 

Drums&Beer

Senior Member
I was just readying about these snares in the most recent MD. They seem to be pretty incredible. Versitile, beautiful, and pricey as well. haha nice to know it provides such a diverse sound. I wanna look into getting one myself
You'll love their snares. This one is made out of Tasmanian Blackwood, which is softer that Jarrah or Sheoak but harder than Maple. It's a superb instrument and oddly enough has a bit of a vintage Radio King type tone, full and round and warm without sounding boxy. Great sensitivity and can be played whisper quiet.

If I have to part ways with all my snares but one, I would keep the Brady without a doubt.
 

gwbaker

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Drums & Beer.... My 62' Rogers Holiday is the 20" BD with 12" and 16" in black diamond pearl.... pristine. I do not gig them. The Gretsch is a 70' in natural maple with 24", 12", 13" and 16". The MCA is a brass badge 5 pc. in Plum and sounds just about as good as any I've heard. If you hear of anyone interested in my Sleishman snare, please let me know.

Funny, I also have some Gretsch stop sign's from the 70's. Holidays are great drums man. I was looking for a 20, 12, 14 set for a long time, either that or a Ludwig Downbeat, but gave up and decided to buy new.

I got the Yamahas prior to the big 2010 price increase, so I feel pretty good about the purchase.[/QUOTE]
 

bogandrummer

Junior Member
there is a compnay in brisbane called Zenzian. they mainly make stave snares from exotic and australian timbers. i think they have just introduced a full stave kit as well. Btw, for all the drum builders out there i advise you to be wary of an australian website called drum parts online. i haven't received my order after 8 weeks and have been getting vauge updates on the order.
 

pcastag

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there is a compnay in brisbane called Zenzian. they mainly make stave snares from exotic and australian timbers. i think they have just introduced a full stave kit as well. Btw, for all the drum builders out there i advise you to be wary of an australian website called drum parts online. i haven't received my order after 8 weeks and have been getting vauge updates on the order.
I've got a zenzian in brazilian walnut, they got joints in there staves just like Brady, geat sounding snare, I put some wood hoops on it and it's about one of the punchiest fattest snares I've got. I also owned a Brady jarrah ply snare and have a jarrah kit, great sounding drums, jarrah just does noy choke no matter how hard you hit it , it seems like the louder you play it the more it opens up.
 

stevec1234

Junior Member
Check out Evetts drums. Steve makes some gorgeous shells.
Thanks mate. I was just about to chime in, I run a small business specialising in ply snare drums. All horizontal grain and cross laminated. I will have some photos up soon at www.facebook.com/evettsdrums the website is on its way.

Australia have some of the finest drum makers in the world they are just not very well known at this point in time.
 

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