HedRods are the product of a collaboration between Christian Hedwitschak and Stevie Moises. Together they re-designed the kit drummer’s hot rod (a stick made of bundled rods) to create a beater that would produce the same kind of powerful sound in the hand of a bodhrán player.
Read their manifesto about the design and its advantages:
HedRods versus other models
Starting from scratch, we have questioned and optimised every single detail of construction and have emerged with a variety of tippers that provide the player with different sound variations but have the same structure. Therefore, all HedRods have a similar feel, and the changing from one to another requires less effort yet achieves a totally different sound. It is importantly a product which is suitable for all common playing styles and grips without limitations.
The HedRod handle is a new development
In order to facilitate every playing/grip style, we wanted to create a grip which offers controlled handling without limiting the player to a certain playing technique, no matter if it is held in the middle, at 2/3 of its length or close to the end.
We achieved this with our Precision Control Grip: It consists of a thin net underneath a special heat-shrink tube, which provides comfortable support and is unobtrusive and nonrestrictive. Two adjustable rubber rings on the handle can be positioned individually to serve either as a quick positioning of the handle point, or as a grip area boundary.
The position and length of the grip area is deliberate and was found “just right” in terms of playability, sound and comfort. This area is also glued so that the rods can never slip or change position. Because only the attack sound, rather than the typical hot rod sound, is heard when playing double-ended triplets using the upper end of the tipper, we decided that the HedRod should be unidirectional. Therefore, the upper end of the tipper is solidly constructed with respect to the attack sound.
The basic materials used for all models are hand-selected beech or walnut rods of different diameters as well as top-quality bamboo sticks. Each beech stick is individually oiled and waxed. The bamboo sticks are left natural.
The arrangement of the rods depends on the model and is either parallel to the axis of the tipper or slightly twisted in order to achieve a different click behaviour.
3-O-Ring Adjustment unique to the Hedrod
Compared to other hot rods, the HedRods have an additional rubber ring. This provides much more flexibility in the adjustment of the handling and has a direct influence on the sound.
What exactly can be adjusted using these rings?
Hot rods provide the ability to change the subjective perception of material behaviour during play. A hot rod always feels a little “softer” than a tipper made of solid wood. This property can be changed within a surprisingly large range:
The front ring is used to set the “click behaviour” of the rods. The farther forward it sits, the less the rods move during impact, the typical clicking noise decreases. Of course it then follows that the click sound increases the further you move the ring towards the handle, because the rods have more freedom to move. Depending on the design of the rods, a sound similar to that produced by jazz brushes can be achieved.
By adjusting the two rear rings, you can determine how solid the HedRod feels. For example, if the front ring is at the very end of the HedRod, and the two rear rings are close to the handle, a very clear attack close to that of a solid tipper will be the result. It will, however, still have the softer feel of a hot rod. The reason for this is that the rods can move considerably between the foremost O-ring and the top of the handle. This causes energy to be dampened, and you will feel less attack response. At the same time, less ‘unsprung mass’ hits the drum head and a lower bass volume is the result.
Compared to other hot rod models on the market, this additional rubber ring provides the ability to achieve a feeling that almost equals that of a solid wood tipper, because it is possible to make the full length of the HedRod almost completely immobile.
HedRod Naming Conventions
The way in which the model name works is as follows: HR refers to HedRod, the subsequent digit refers to the diameter of the rods in millimetres and and the final designation refers to the shape of the head, a critical detail to the desired sound.
In Christian’s own words,
The one-for-all 2-in-1 Tipper/Hotrod. All you need for a start. All you need for traveling. All you need for understatement.
3 mm beech rods individually selected, oiled and waxed, in a parallel dowel positioning. Length: 24.5 cm, weight approx. 31 grams.
HR 3 Crisp
The Crisp features a slightly rounded head shape for crisp sound and a focus on higher frequencies.
Hand selected 3mm walnut rods individually oiled and waxed and set parallel. Length 24.5 cm, weight approx. 28 grams.
HR 3 Bold
The Bold has a more fully rounded head shape to create a bolder, more bassy sound overall, and a focus on lower frequencies.
3mm beech rods individually selected, oiled and waxed, set in parallel positioning. Length 24.5 cm, weight approx 31 grams.
hr 3 Bamboo
Each dowel is slightly rounded off. Bamboo sounds a bit more jazzy and crisp than beech.
Hand selected 3mm natural bamboo rods set in a parallel positioning. Length 24.5 cm, weight approx. 29 grams.
A very clicky and light HedRod with a rounded head.
Seven hand selected, oiled and waxed 4mm beech rods set in a twisted dowel positioning for greater clickiness. Length 24.5 cm, weight just 23 grams.
HR 5 Crisp
Very powerful, lively and loud HedRod. The head is only just slightly rounded to create that crisp sound.
Seven 5mm walnut dowels individually oiled and waxed and set in twisted positioning for more clickiness. Length 24.5 cm, weight approx 28 grams.
HR 5 Bold
Very powerful HedRod with rounded head to drive the focus on lower frequencies.
Seven individually selected, oiled and polished 5mm beech dowels, set in twisted dowel positioning. Length 24.5 cm, weight 27 grams.
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