NOVEMBER 24, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce our decision to close Brady Drums. In recent years, our founder and master craftsman, Chris Brady has battled a number of serious health concerns, including a mild stroke. Thankfully, the stroke left no serious damage, however Chris still continues to battle two other chronic conditions.
Subsequently, regulations set forth by the Australian Corporations Act 2001 (Sect. 201(A)) required us to look at alternatives to our business structure and operations, including but not limited to, the possibilities of moving overseas, or an acquisition to a larger manufacturer or moving operations to another entity. Ultimately, none of these options would ensure that our vision for our instruments and how they should be represented would remain intact so we have chosen for the BRADY brand to have a graceful exit from the marketplace at this time, effective immediately.
The Brady family continues to retain ownership of the BRADY trademark. As his health permits, Chris will continue to develop new concepts and even handcraft the occasional BRADY drum from time to time, however we expect this to be sporadic and small-scale in nature.
We are truly, deeply humbled by the way that our fellow drummers around the world have embraced our handcrafted instruments with the same fierce passion we have had in creating them. As Chris was handcrafting his very first drums in garage of our home in Roleystone, Western Australia in 1980, he never could have imagined that his curiosity to seek out new sounds for drummers would have resulted in a worldwide reputation. We are proud that our unique BRADY sound has pioneered acceptance in the international marketplace for instruments crafted from exotic and indigenous species by other superb Australian companies like Sleishman, Fidock, Metro Drum Co, Red Rock Drums, Evetts Drums and SIA Drums.
We would also like to give recognition to the small handful of talented individuals who have worked alongside the Brady family to bring our instruments to the world, especially Ric Shinnick, Steve Essex, Darren Versaico, Craig Anderson and Lea Adams, the latter two whom have grown into excellent craftsmen. Thank you.
No words can adequately express our gratitude to you all for your 35 years of support. It has been a magnificent journey.
The Brady Family
APRIL 25, 2016
To Whom It May Concern,
We are the owners of the trademark BRADY, pertaining to musical instruments. (IP Australia registration # 598198, USPTO registration # 3476702, EUIPO registration # 30616322).
This letter is to confirm that we have not sold or licensed the BRADY name, BRADY trademark or any other design mark associated with the trademark to any other entity for use on their products, in whole or in part. This includes the "Drummerman" badge, synonymous with BRADY drums.
We do not give permission for any other person or entity to use the aforementioned items on their products or in their promotional material.
Further, we have not sold Brady Drums, the company we owned and operated for 35 years. We closed this business in November 2015. There is no continuation of Brady Drums by any other company.
Chris Brady is not working at, consulting or liaising for, or training personnel at any other Australian drum company. He is retired. Chris has no involvement with any other Australian drum company. Our children, Shane Brady and Kelly Brady Amoroso, have no involvement with any other Australian entity in this industry.
If you see any new products bearing the Brady name, trademark, or logo, in whole or in part, please kindly forward this information to us, as this constitutes trademark infringement. It is our desire to have the Brady name to have a clear and unequivocal absence from the market at this time in order to retain the value of the BRADY trademark, should Chris ever decide to re-enter this industry, or should our children decide to do the same.
Should you receive correspondence from any other person or entity claiming to hold permission in regard to any of the above, please know that this is simply not true and kindly refer back to this statement. Please do not hesitate to verify all claims with us, or with our daughter, Kelly Brady Amoroso, who can put you in touch with us.