care of your bodhrán
|The best way to take care
of your Bodhrán is to keep it away from excess and direct heat, for example direct
sunlight, radiators etc. this will tighten the skin and then it will not sound correct
when you bring it into room temperature.
(Take extra special care when travelling especially in cars! Use the boot )
When the skin is new it will take a while for it to soften up and this is where the
treatment wax is useful - rub a little on to the skin both front and back* weekly - for
about 3 - 4 weeks and you will also find that the more you play the less wax will be
needed. The skin will soften and will not be too obvious when the skin is new as it will
be quite hard. A little patience is needed as this is a natural product and does not
transform overnight (like our own skin).
* Playing the bodhran as often as you can is
actually the best way of having a nice mellow skin as it takes oils from your hands
How is the word Bodhrán pronounced?
Bodhrán is pronounced Bow-Rawn. The
Irish word means deaf or haunting
What is the difference between the 18" and 16" bodhrán?
The 18" bodhrán is the traditional
size of the bodhrán with has evolves from the 19th century. It is commonly used by the
full time professional as it has a larger area to play on.
The 16" bodhrán PROVIDED IT HAS TOP
QUALITY ROUNDSTONE GOATSKIN (From Roundstone) is excellent for tonal quality and is easy
to carry. It is excellent to start with or to have as a second bodhrán.
What type of Ink is used
to create the hand painted designs?
We use waterproof leather dye and the colours are strengthened by hand
mixing of the dyes. The designs do not wear out, fade or deteriorate.
All of the celtic designs are hand
painted by Anne Kearns
Dampening the skin?
With top class Roundstone Goatskin you will always get the deep haunting sound . If a room
is hot and the skin becomes to tight then dampen it with two or three tea spoons of water,
beer, wine or perspiration on either side of the shin. A little wax every six to twelve
months rubbed on just like make up will keep the skin subtle and helps it last a lifetime
just like your own skin.
How does the tunable
I have enclosed
a number of close up photographs of our tunable bodhrán which
I hope you will find useful. Here is one of the Bodhran 18"Tuneable
full bodhrán. This second photo is
closer and is of the lower section
of the same bodhrán. Finally here is a close
up of the tuning knob/knurl.
The skin of the bodhrán is attached to
the outer rim.Using the tuning knob/knurl. It is
possible to move the inner rim in the direction of the skin.This will tighten the skin. By
loosening the knobs/knurl again the inner rim will retract away from the skin and the
tension across the skin will lessen and pitch of the skin will become lower.
To tighten or loosen the tuning knobs you just use your index finger and thumb or you can
just roll a finger across the knob/knurl.
A tunable bodhrán will allow you to easily alter the
pitch of the bodhrán . When playing for a long periods of time,
at a pub or on stage the surroundings, particularly heat can tighten
the skin of your bodhrán.By loosening the knobs/knurls you can
lower the tension so maintaining a balanced sound throughout the
night. Also I find it particularly useful when changing from playing
with a group to doing a duet with whistle or flute to tighten
the knobs so raising the pitch just a little. This softens the
tone of the bodhrán just a little.