We wanted to design some beaters that were a bit shorter and easier to handle for smaller hands and single ended playing styles. We find taking a few centimeters off the length of a typical beater creates a very lively style and sound, and gives us much more control.
We teamed up with Stevie Moises, and our first beater in this style is the BODBright: a bundle of 19 bamboo rods with an O-ring so you can create your preferred sound. Taking the O ring down close to the end creates the effect of a solid beater, but the use of bamboo rather than hard woods keeps the sound light and bright. Push the O ring up the bundle, closer to the grip for a rather clicky sound.
Listen to the sound bites on the Demos tab to hear the BODBright on three different bodhráns.
BODBright is a 19 cm long bundle of 19 x 3mm bamboo rods, approximately 25 grams of weight. When compared to the BODBeater (see photo gallery), you can see the length is all forward of the grip.
By comparison, Stevie’s own Emo and Christian Hedwitschak’s HR 3 Bamboo are both 24.5 cm long and weigh 29 to 30 grams. All three have similar bundles of bamboo rods, but the length, weight and grip style are different for each and create different effects and playing styles.
The BODBright beater is available exclusively from BODdrums.