BOD offer a broad range of different beaters, all produced by Stevie Moises of Germany. We picked four from his standard MoGrip range which we feel perform particularly well with the BODdrum, and we also worked with him to design the BODBeater, available exclusively from us. In addition, Cormac Byrne’s three Bodhrods are available for sale, independently of the Talking Bodhrán drum package (note that the CB2 Hybrid is included in the package, if you are planning on buying the Talking Bodhrán). We also have chosen three more traditional double ended styles that we think work well with the BODdrum.
To hear some of the beaters in play, to compare and contrast, go to our Videos page and listen to the BODDrum demo – after a brief introduction of the drum itself, John goes into a demonstration of how it can sound with each of the different beaters.
Much as we love and use the MoGrip beaters described below, we still wanted something to really play up and play with the unique sound range of the BODdrum. We wanted a hot rod style, but with a bit of weight – hence the choice of 8mm of ebony for the centre rod, surrounded by 9 walnut rods of 4mm each. Approx 34 mighty grams of weight and 24 cm long
This beater is sold only by BODDrums, you can’t get it anywhere else. Besides the demo video mentioned above, go to the MOpHED Bodhrán Practice Pad page, where the second sound bite demonstrates this beater on the practice pad. You can really hear the lovely clicking sound of the walnut rods against the ebony core. While that click may not always be so distinctly audible, it will always add a subliminal depth to your playing sound on any head.
Cormac Byrne Bodhrods
Cormac’s own design, which he describes as “capable of producing those big warm bass notes but also those tight high pops in the top end.” The Bodhrod is designed to fit comfortably between thumb and fingers, with a non-slip grip. The tension ring can be easily adjusted to produce varying levels of click. All feature a bundle of 12 x 3mm rods split into two bundles of 5 and 7 rods. Approx 23 cm long and 25 to 27 grams, depending on choice of wood: All maple, all walnut or the Hybrid (5 x walnut, 7 x maple rods).
Inspired by the “baby grip” innovation in the bodhrán scene a few years back, Stevie Moises designed a tipper grip that is optimized specifically for this playing style: The MoGrip! The design was then adjusted slightly to make it suitable for all other playing styles as well, allowing you to hold it in any desired way.
What makes the MoGrip series special is that the musician can use the same grip for all types of tippers. Whether you use a hot rod, a clicker, a brush or simply a classic stick – the grip will always feel the same.
For weight distribution reasons, the MoGrips are hollow-drilled from the back. This is necessary to balance the total weight optimally in relation to the head weight. To give this hole another useful purpose, it is tuned to the concert pitch “A” (440 Hz) if you blow it like a panpipe.
Thanks to the stability of the Makassar grip and the resulting smaller length of the individual rods of the MoGrip rod tippers, only one single O ring is required to adjust the click behavior.
All wooden rods are treated with a hard oil wax finish. Bamboo rods are an exception, because this type of finishing would not result in an improvement of these rods.
We recommend you transport your MoGrip hot rods with the O-ring placed at the front (so that the tipper is closed) to avoid damage.
BOD offer four beaters from the MoGrip series:
The MellMo is a perfect tipper for playing along to songs or very quiet tunes. Its soft, brush-like attack is accompanied by a deep bassy overall sound, the intensity of which can be controlled very accurately down to a really fine amount, depending on how hard and at which angle you hit the drum. The way the tipper is built makes it very stable, which in turn allows for very precise and speedy playing. All this is made possible by the seamless transition from dowel to brush. 19 bamboo dowels of 3mm each, split at the end. Approx 25 grams, 24.5 cm long
The JazzMo brings together 33 walnut dowels of 2mm diameter each to produce a slightly less sharp clicking sound; depending on the position of the rubber ring, the sound ranges from jazzy to smooth. This beater also has a lot of rebound and can also produce great “plop!” sounds when closed! Approx 25 grams, 24.5 cm long
The RockMo is one of our favourites with the BODDrum and is the “rock star” of the series, as it can be used to produce a very loud, powerful click. Less suitable for sessions, but so much the better for the use on stage! 7 walnut dowels of 5mm each, approx 28 grams, 24.5 cm long
We introduced the ClickMo at the festivals over the summer and promptly sold out, including John’s personal ClickMo! A little different from our other beaters, this is a split tipper with a central core and four flanks. This design produces a very distinct clicking sound whether you are playing very lightly or more powerfully. With a beautifully tapered shape it is comfortable to hold and play in a variety of styles. Approx 24 grams and 26 cm in length.
Moving into a more traditional double ended style of beater, we offer the ME-4, with heavy 11.5 mm ends which taper very gradually to an 8mm mid section. Made of macassar, which is a very hard and heavyweight wood, this will take aggressive playing styles and rim shots in stride. 23 cm long and 21 grams.
The ME-5 is another doubled ended beater made of macassar. This one has distinctly ovoid ends which leave a longer mid section of 8mm diameter. Lighter in hand than the ME-4 but the short heavy bulbs, at 13 mm diameter, can give you a much more pronounced bass sound, full of attack. 23 cm long and 18 grams.
Next is the ME-A which is designed for single end playing but can be used double-ended with strikingly different effects from each end. Great for fast playing and precise attack, the ME-A features a 9.5 mm diameter tip which narrows quite sharply to a waistline of just 7 mm, then gradually widens to a 13 mm diameter butt end. Made of beautiful and tough macassar wood, 26 cm long and 19 grams.