|Good Quality Bodhran
||Our least expensive instrument, and
quite good enough to play in any public setting without regret.
Single skin head is "tuned" by wetting with water until the
desired pitch or "boom" is obtained. If it goes too "low" just leave
in a warm place for a few minutes until it dries somewhat. Frame is
dark brown, single
crosspiece inside the drum. 18" head, 4" deep
|Professional Skin Bodhran
||A heavier instrument with
double skin heads. Tuned with an included hex key. Has a
cutaway in frame for easier hand access. Much sturdier and able to
drop a little more in pitch than the "good" one. Professional grade.
Black lacquered wood frame with a single crosspiece for added
strength. 18" head, 5" deep. Highly recommended instrument.
|Howard Synthetic Bodhran
|The "Brian Howard" professional
instrument. Has a
synthetic head by Remo, and a single
crossbar in back for added ability to "stretch" notes. This one is
ideal for dry climates and rough duty travel, and my choice for our
climate and the professional musician. No water tuning, it comes with
a tuning wrench. 18" head, 3.5" deep.
Tippers or Cipins (kip'ins)
In order (L-R) in the picture:
I - I - J - L (long)
B - K - I (short)
|One plays the bodhran with a single,
called a tipper or cipin.
Most come with a striking head on both ends, but a few come with
one end for an esoteric style of traditional playing
(we don't sell
The important differences involve weight - heavier vs. lighter-,
length, and grip at the middle.
Darker cipins are usually heavier,
After some time most players choose a type which suits them best, everyone has more than one in their "kit" just in case.
Some players "turn" them on a lathe or carve one to
I like one that's heavier, has a ring or two in the middle (to hold
more securely), and is the longer standard length. You'll discover
your own favourite.
|Fits the Good and
Brian Howard Professional
Synthetic Bodhrans listed above. Heavy nylon with front and back handstraps and a
midline strap for over-the-shoulder carry. Also a narrow, long front
pocket for your tippers and cream. Highly recommended.
Beginner Bodhran Book+CD
||Conor Long teaches you an easy
technique to play the bodhran, using his own visual notation.
Available while supplies last. Conor is a famous sessions musician and
one of the best in Ireland.