As most people will know, I have been a proud ambassador for Carrera Drums since the start of 2011, and have been honoured to play their drums and be involved with the company for the past four years. Everywhere I go – on live shows and in recording studios – I get compliments on my Carrera gear from artists, from other musicians, and from engineers and producers.
Sadly, however, Carrera Drums is winding up in spring of this year, and will cease trading as of the end of March. This is the official announcement from the Carrera Drums website:
It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Carrera Drums will stop trading as of the 31st March 2015.
Dave Carrera has fought serious health issues over the last 3 years which have now deteriorated to such a level that he has decided to focus on attempting to recover or stabilise his condition which, even with good extraction, a dusty workshop hinders.
We have all had fun making some fine instruments for some of the finest drummers active today and want to thank everyone for there support, kindness and love over the last 5+ years.
Any works currently in progress will be completed and shipped before end of March 2015 and customers have been notified.
We are also selling all tools,stock and items via our eBay page, search for Carrera Drums, but welcome direct emails to email@example.com with sensible offers for our drum shell making molds and tooling which if agreed to, must be collected by end of March 2015
Again, thank you to everyone who has helped us over the years and we wish you all every success in your futures.
The Carrera Drums Team
For my part, I am gutted to see Carrera Drums end in this way; their extraordinary attention to detail, high-quality craftsmanship and innovative way of thinking will be sorely missed in the UK drum building scene, and by the musicians who use and work with their products. Of course, the health of Dave Carrera – whom I am lucky to consider a friend – is the most important thing, and I fully respect his decision – which can’t have been at all easy – and the reasons for it. I will continue to use my Carrera Drums live and in the studio, and will be very proud to keep flying the flag for this amazing, ground-breaking company.