Talking Sound Bar

£ 82.00 including VAT
£ 68.33 excluding VAT

“Pint pot” sound bar of heavy gauge spun aluminium finished with gloss black automotive powder coating. Available exlusively from BOD, developed for Cormac Byrne to extend the incredible range of sound possible with the Talking Bodhrán.

9 in stock (can be backordered)



The Talking Sound Bar is a completely unique product, developed by Blackwell Original Drums in partnership with Cormac Byrne for use with the Talking Bodhrán.

This might look like your classic pint pot from the pub, but in fact it is made of heavy gauge spun aluminium, finished with a glossy black automotive grade powder coating. It took months of experimentation and many prototypes before we got just the right size, shaping, weight and finish to give us the incredible range of sounds possible with the Sound Bar.

Hold it horizontally across the back of the skin and you can get longer, more sustained notes and warmer bass tones that mimic the Indian Tabla Baya (lower drum). Press it in and out to bend your sound. Use it open or closed end-on to create a fantastic barrage of lively mid-range tones and popping sounds – the West African Talking Drum effect that Cormac loves, or something that makes us think of Brazilian Samba bands.

Whilst it was designed for, and fantastic with the edge control centre spot skin of the Talking Bodhrán, use it with any drum, any head, to create whole new worlds of sound.

In this video, Cormac introduces the Talking Bodhrán during a master class at Craiceann Bodhrán Summer School 2015, and talks about the design and use of the sound bar to create a world of sounds beyond the traditional bodhrán sound.

Additional information

Weight 0.260 kg
Dimensions 17 × 10 × 10 cm


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