Christian Hedwitschak CoreLine Bodhráns

Blackwell Original Drums are pleased to be the exclusive distributor of Christian Hedwitschak products for Great Britain.  We carry the full range of his CoreLine bodhráns in stock.

As the name CoreLine suggests, these models are high-quality instruments focused on what is essential, on the core of the matter. A CoreLine model is an all-purpose tool, not bound to a certain sound or a specific playing style, which is why the CoreLine is a great choice for both beginners, learning and developing their own style, and more experienced players who are looking for an outstanding drum at the best possible price.

As a master cabinet maker and an experienced bodhrán player himself, Christian drew from the very core of his experience and competency in bodhrán making and playing to design the CoreLine.

  • From the choice of material to the construction of the frame and the finish of the surfaces, all components and details are perfectly balanced for a brilliant playing experience.
  • “EdlauerSelect” Premium Goatskins are produced and refined exclusively for Hedwitschak drums by a world leading skin manufacturer. The process is carried out in accordance with Christian’s own specifications, and each skin is individually selected to suit the different CoreLine models.
  • Christian designed the multipoint tuning system to work smoothly for precise, quick and easy tuning, and to create an even tension across the skin.
  • Thanks to the skilful shaping of the inner part of the tuning rim, the hand nestles naturally into place rendering the drum very comfortable to play.
  • The high quality of the CoreLine is emphasised by the choice of a beautiful black cherry veneer, or the stunning black Makassar. Combined with flush to the rim skin mounting, the design of the CoreLine bodhrán demonstrates simple elegance and timelessness.

The CoreLine range includes 7 models:

CoreLine Mini

Ideal for children, or as a compact travel drum, this 30 cm drum still delivers a full sound.

30 cm diameter, 12 cm deep, approx 1000 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 3 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

 

 

CoreLine Slim

For adults of smaller build, a small, light drum, still big on sound.

35 cm diameter, 12 cm deep, approx 1400 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 6 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

 

 

CoreLine Bullet

By design the CoreLine with the most compressed sound, with a precise and melodious character. Recommended for players who prefer the qualities of ‘small-and-deep’ drums.

35 cm diameter, 15 cm deep, approx 1600 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 6 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

 

CoreLine Universal

The traditional, the universal, of a size and depth suitable for most adults, and of course delivering a  beautiful full sound.

37 cm diameter, 14 cm deep, approx 1660 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 6 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

 

 

CoreLine classic

Designed with a larger, 40 cm diameter and relatively flat rim: this is the CoreLine model with the more open, more ‘traditional bodhrán’ sound.  By design, delivers more sound volume than the ‘Universal’ model. For a special look, Christian works to keep the dorsal (spinal) line of the skin centred on the playing surface.

40 cm diameter, 13 cm deep, approx 1660 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 8 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

CoreLine XL

By design, this CoreLine delivers the greatest volume of sound.  Ideal for taller, larger, more long-armed players, and those who just love the most powerful CoreLine sound. For a special look, Christian works to keep the dorsal (spinal) line of the skin centred on the playing surface.

40 cm diameter, 15 cm deep, approx 1840 grams, black cherry veneer. Tool-less 8 point tuning system. Tapered skin mounted flush with outer frame and taped for a harmonic sound.

CoreLine black changehed

Like the Universal, but made with a native wood veneer that has been dyed to imitate the naturally streaked “Makassar Maron“, a rare tropical hardwood. Dark stained tuning rim to match. Choose this model for its unique beauty, by all means, but the CoreLine Black is fitted with the ChangeHed system.

With the ChangeHed skin holding system, the drum skin and tuning rim can be replaced to match your requirements and preferences. For example, change to a synthetic skin for playing open-air gigs in bad weather, or a transparent synthetic skin to demonstrate left/right hand coordination whilst teaching.  It’s easy to change back to the original natural skin for gigs or sessions. Or you may prefer a deer or Lambeg skin, or one of Christian’s Dragonskins as an occasional alternative to the classic goatskin, for a special sound.  At BOD we stock the CoreLine Black drum and we can order in alternative heads as needed.

37 cm diameter, 14 cm deep, approx. 1870 grams, stunning imitation Makassar veneer. Tool-less 6 point tuning system. This model comes with a standard comfort tuning rim and an EdlauerSelect skin, tapered, mounted flush with outer frame, and taped for a harmonic sound, same as the other CoreLine drums, but mounted on the ChangeHed system.

Have a question, or interested in buying a Core Line drum?  Contact us, and we’ll help out.