How to choose among all our fine drums?
Here at BOD, we first explored the possibility of combining a spun aluminium drum shell with a synthetic head because we wanted a bodhrán that would hold its tune regardless of the weather. What we discovered was a whole new sound world – the BODdrum looks and can be played like a traditional bodhrán, but offers a much broader vocabulary of tones from deep, soft and mellow, to bright and crisp, full of attack and varied expression. Many musicians now keep their BODdrums alongside their traditional bodhráns as one more musical alternative in their line up. For those who are attracted to the bodhrán but prefer not to play on an animal hide, the BODdrum is an ideal solution.
The Cormac Byrne Talking Bodhrán, like the BODdrum, has a metal shell with a synthetic head. Cormac worked with us on the design of this drum to meet his demands as a professional player working across a huge range of traditional, modern and world music styles. The drum shell is a heavier gauge for a greater resonance and warmer tone. Used in conjunction with his Talking Sound Bar and Bodhrods, the sound possibilities are limitless.
For a traditional wooden bodhrán with hide drumskin, Christian Hedwitschak’s CoreLine Bodhráns are the ideal choice. Beautifully made with every step of the process honed to enhance the sound of the instrument, these drums are still very accessibly priced. For a beginner, they are excellent value for money – you will learn to play on a “proper” instrument, not a toy or a tourist trinket, giving yourself the best opportunity to learn what a bodhrán can do and sound like. If you decide the bodhrán is not for you, Hedwitschak drums are much sought after and hold their value for resale. Experienced and professional bodhran players will appreciate the quality and perhaps want to expand their kit by exploring the sound of a larger or deeper shell than what they currently play.
We created the BODdrum in the form of a traditional bodhrán but with a metal shell and synthetic drum skin, to hold its tune in all conditions. But to our delight, we found we had created a new sound for the bodhrán – bright, loud and full of attack, expanding the musical possibilities for the bodhrán player.
We set out to create a bodhrán that would sound equally at home in a traditional Irish session as it would on stage playing Indian, African or other World music. The results were better than we could have imagined, and the Cormac Byrne Talking Bodhrán™ was born.