BODdrum 18 inch Hydraulic Head

£450.00 including VAT
£375.00 excluding VAT

Spun aluminium 18 inch BODdrum with hydraulic head in choice of black, red or blue, 4 inches deep with rolled edge. 10 point tuning system, tuning wrench supplied with drum. Beater not included.

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Combining a synthetic drum head with a solid spun aluminium shell has given the classic bodhrán a whole new vocabulary of tones from deep, soft and mellow, to bright and crisp, full of attack and varied expression. The BODdrum will take you well beyond the traditional folk music sound into Jazz, Classical and World rhythms as well as fusions beyond any defined musical boundary – anywhere your imagination can take you.

The 18 inch drum size refers to the diameter of the standard drum head with the actual drum diameter being a little more than this. The drum depth is a standard 100 mm. All 18 inch drums have a 10 point tuning mechanism and come with a tuning wrench.

The hydraulic head has a thin slick of oil between two sheets of 6.5 and 7.5 mil film.  The result is a fat, deep and short sound, very resonant and warm.  You may see bubbles in the oil between the sheets – this is natural and actually, we like the lava lamp vibe it gives!

Alternatively, choose either red or blue hydraulic heads – the sheets are transparent, so you can see both hands working on the drum head as you play – ideal for teaching, or just dazzling your audience!

The head is removable, so you always have the option of swapping out the skin – experiment and make the sound your own

The standard finish on our BODdrums is a matte black powder-coat finish, which gives a really cool and stunning appearance; no other bodhrán style drum looks anything like this. The powder-coat finish is to a full automotive standard, hard and reliable.

On the other hand, we can do just about anything for a finish: custom paint colours from the RAL colour palette, airbrush artwork, anodise, etch, plate or polish, you can choose. Custom finishes will cost more but your drum will be truly unique, both in sound and appearance. Learn more about custom finishes for your BODdrum.

it is worth noting that the BODdrum is a metal drum with a synthetic head – no animal products were used in any of the components.


  • Size: 18” x 4”
  • Handmade in England by Blackwell Original Drums (BOD)
  • 18″ Evans hydraulic head – choice of black or transparent red or blue
  • Matte black powder coat finish to automotive standard
  • Comes with a tuning wrench

Beater not included, used in photo for scale only.

Additional information

Weight 1.86 kg
Dimensions 50 × 50 × 10 cm
Head colour

Black, Red, Blue


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