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Saturday, 30 May 2015 17:13

Carbondhrán

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The Carbondhran is the result of a spectacular collaboration.

While we were exhibiting at the international trade fair in 2014, we started chatting with the exhibitor next to us, a boat builder, who was presenting a carbon fiber part for a tidal power plant, which lead to the question whether the advantages of modern materials could also be used in bodhrán building.

We started working on the first pilots with great motivation, and asked Stevie Moises to join us as our mold maker.  

Our aim was to build a bodhrán frame with an optimum shape and optimum functionality, for which it would make sense to use such an expensive high-tech material. In other words, we wanted to design a bodhrán that would be impossible to build with common manufacturing processes and materials, and to break new ground in bodhrán building.

We had to invest a lot of time, considerable effort, and quite a bit of money, but the finished product speaks for itself:

CARBONDHRÁN BLACK/RED

  • 37x15
  • ChangeHED skin holding system
  • compressor tuning frame
  • REMO Skyntone drum skin (or different drum skin on request)

 Black:

Carbon with visible fading to black on the inside and outside, matt varnish. 695 EUR

 Red:

Red metallic varnish on the outside, carbon on the inside, high-gloss varnish. 725 EUR




The Carbondhran has a hand-friendly, elegant design, convex on the inside and concave on the outside, with a more pronounced layout than that of our concave wooden frames. In addition, the Carbondhran weighs less than a comparable wooden frame.

At the open side of the drum, the thin carbon frame is bordered by a black varnished, rounded wooden frame, providing the usual comfort to the player.

This outstanding drum is completed by our ChangeHED skin holding system and is delivered with a compressor tuning frame.

As we want to provide a coherent overall concept, we offer the Carbondhran with REMO Skyntone synthetic skin as the standard variant. Other drum skins are, of course, available on request.

To be able to keep the price down in spite of the extremely costly production process and material, this model is manufactured in small series and is therefore only available in one size and with two surface options.  

Special thanks goes to Antony Lenagan and Ulf-Michael Matthees, who both were enquiring about a carbon bodhrán at the same time independently. Both were supporting this project right from the start and were of great help!

 

GALLERY

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:44

ChangeHED

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The ChangeHED Skin holding system offers great benefits for beginners, advanced and experienced players alike.

 


The Maker about his invention:

During the Craiceann bodhrán summer school on Inis Oírr in June 2013 I presented the ChangeHED skin holding system. 

For me, this skin holding system that offers the possibility to replace both the drum skin and the tuning frame, is the result of all of my developments and all my experience of the past 12 years.
For its standard fixed diameter of 37 cm, the ChangeHED certainly can’t meet all customer demands, and to a certain extent, the sound possibilities are limited. That’s why it goes without saying that I’ll continue making custom-made drums and, of course, Signature Lines.

However, the ChangeHED system offers great advantages for beginners and advanced players, and it helps them with their individual progress. The drum can be adjusted to your way of playing, your sound preferences and playing situations.
Like a chameleon, the drum changes and adapts to its environment.

Another huge advantage of the ChangeHED system is that you can use it as a developer tool. For example, tuning frames can be reworked and retested with the same skin as often as required. Different skins can be tested on the same tuning frame, offering unique and new possibilities to instrument makers.

ChangeHED is more than just a drum.
ChangeHED is a drum system – a system with components that can be flexibly combined and replaced, at any place and with parts from any manufacturer.

 



 

THE BENEFITS OF THE CHANGEHED SKIN HOLDING SYSTEM:

Perfect for beginners, who can start off with an “all-purpose skin” like the DRAGONSkin®classic, and choose the skin and the tuning rim that suit them best at a later stage without having to purchase a new drum.

You can now use a synthetic skin for playing open-air gigs in bad weather and change back to your favourite natural skin afterwards.

Bodhrán teachers can choose a transparent synthetic skin for a better demonstration of left/right hand coordination, and go back to the natural skin for gigs or sessions after class. 

Players can swap skins with other players. “Spine line in the center of the skin, at 2/3, at the edge, or rather no spine in the skin at all? How does DRAGONSkin®classic sound compared to DRAGONSkin®spicy? Should I try a TwinSkin? How does a deer DRAGONSkin® sound? How different does my favourite skin sound when I use a compressor tuning frame instead of the standard comfort rim?” Try it out and take your time in finding out what works best for you! :)

You can now get a new main frame for your favourite skin – we offer custom-made frames in practically all variants, even concave frames! 

You now have the option to take a spare skin with you when going on tour. 

Customers around the world can now save money for shipping fees and customs clearance by being able to mount the skin themselves without having to send in the entire drum for repair.

The nail / ribbon design is not attached to the main frame any longer, but to the drum skin! 

This means that now you can get, for example, a DRAGONSkin®spicy with a red ribbon and silver nails for a grey main frame, an additional spare deer skin without decorative nails, another EdlauerSelect spare skin just taped without decorative nails, another spare TwinSkin skin with a black nylon ribbon, and another transparent synthetic spare skin with a black nylon ribbon. The choice is yours!

*** A brief note on the history of drum heads: the idea of interchangeable drum heads is not new to the bodhrán world. Victor Barral and Darius Bartlett are only two examples of makers who have used interchangeable systems before me. Not to mention that these kinds of drum heads are a common feature of drum kits. My personal contribution to this idea is the possibility of changing not only the drum head, but also the tuning rim. I first presented this option in my SR bodhrán 2007 ***

 

 

Special thanks to Matthew Bell for his custom order of a drum with three synthetic interchangeable skins and all the help he provided regarding the cooperation with REMO. This custom drum was the crucial ancestor for the ChangeHED skin holding system.

 www.matthewbellmusic.com and www.celticpercussion.com  

 




FAQS

Why does ChangeHED look the way it looks? What are the maker’s intentions behind it? Couldn’t you have built it differently?

Of course, a skin holding system could’ve looked or even worked entirely different; and there are other skin holding systems for other drums, e.g. for drum kits. However, ChangeHED is the result of more than ten years of bodhrán making. Bodhráns are frame drums with the skin on one side, and the sound is modulated using the “skin hand”, while the player holds the outer frame. This clearly distinguishes the bodhrán from e.g. drum kits, where the drums can vibrate freely, and where the outer frame’s influence on the overall sound is much greater than it’s the case with bodhráns, where the tuning frame plays a far more important role. Drums for drum kits don’t have tuning frames as such. Instead, the skin is directly attached to the outer frame. In fact, the tuning frame as a sound-modifying element of the sound system turns the modern type of bodhrán into something truly special. The tuning frame is more than just the skin bearing edge – it’s an independent component, and its characteristics (material, stiffness, profile cross-section, bearing edge, surface properties) have a massive influence on the overall sound of the instrument.

The ChangeHED skin holding system is based on exactly this knowledge.

Why don’t you take the common drum kit skin system with aluminum frames as a basis?

Because I wanted to create a skin holding system specifically for bodhráns. Although synthetic skins are now also used for bodhráns, natural skins are still the most popular choice. I wanted to develop a system that can be used for both natural AND synthetic skins. Die drum skin form at the edge of the aluminium frame system is unsuitable for most natural skins, because natural skins need more tuning space and a larger supporting surface. My intention was to adjust the skin holding system to the bodhrán, and not the other way around :)

 

Why are the fixing screws (the small Allen screws) behind the tuning screws, and not between them, which would be handier for assembly?

Because the grip between skin frame and main frame must be the strongest where the tuning frame exerts the highest pressure to the skin. Apart from that, I wanted the ChangeHED to be as unobtrusive as possible.

 

Why didn’t you go for a system that doesn’t require tools?

After using twist / bayonet fastening for the SR Bodhrán, I deliberately opted for the Allen screw system. Not because it wouldn’t work, but because it doesn’t fit in with the overall ChangeHED concept.
ChangeHED and changeable skins are no MUST-HAVES; they’re nice to have. Every drum skin needs a certain amount of time to adjust to the rest of the drum. Depending on the type of skin, this can take several minutes, or even several days.
It is not the purpose of the skin holding system to change the skin as fast and as often as possible, but to provide a reliable, permanent, strong and unobtrusive connection of the skin frame.

 

Why is ChangeHED only available for 37cm / 15"?

37cm is the most universal size. Most skins and most tuning frames work with this diameter, and the size suits most players. The diameter is small enough to produce a well-defined sound, and it’s big enough to produce an acceptable volume.

 

Why does ChangeHED have 6 tuning screws?

Players naturally want as few tuning screws as possible to be able to tune the drum quickly. On the other hand, you need sufficient pressure points and a flexible tuning frame to be able to tune skins as precisely as possible, even skins where tuning is more complicated. With the ChangeHED diameter, six pressure points are ideal for most drum skins and most tuning frames.


Some closing words from the maker?

Yes! :)
As I said, ChangeHED is no universal remedy to meet every requirement. It’s not a must-have, it’s nice to have.
The ChangeHED’s purpose is not to provide an option to change the drum skin several times per day. However, it’s a handy option in many ways.
ChangeHED is a very valuable tool for players, makers and developers.
ChangeHED thrives on what we all make of it.

...and it’s fun! :)

 

 

VISION:


My vision is that players and drum makers around the world work as one, and that they develop new tuning frames, new drum skins, and new outer frames, together improving bodhráns in general. Players then won't speak of "the best maker", but of the best components, and they will discuss different drum skins – natural and synthetic ones, different tuning frames, different tuning frame materials, and so on.
Specialists will develop new tuning frames from one or more materials – synthetic materials, glass, metal, various types of wood... and it will be possible to try out all of this on different drum skins and one and the same frame, anywhere in the world.

With the ChangeHED skin holding system I've laid the foundation for the realization of this vision.

Now I've taken the next step.

I've made the biggest investment since establishing my company. If you consider all aspects of the ChangeHED system, you come to the conclusion that



  1. there has never been a drum system requiring to be made with this degree of precision: 12 points have to match exactly in 6 positions, all components have to be circular, yet there has to be enough clearance to even out material variation and later deformation.
  1. the system must be reliable and stable. It must be suitable for tools that are available anywhere in the world, so special tools or untested connections are out of the question.
  1. this system can only work if it lives and is kept alive. Players and makers have to cooperate, exchange ideas, and work on it together. For this, the most important component of the ChangeHED system, the core that keeps all components together and determines the measurements, must be 100% precise and has to be easily available.

 

That's why I've decided to produce the ChangeHED frame as a die cast component from high-quality plastic.
The development of the injection mold was extremely complex. It took two and a half months to build it and to produce the first perfect ChangeHED frames.

"Plastic instead of wood? For a high-quality instrument?"

Sure, why not? (!)
The component at this position in the sound system has only a minor influence on the overall sound, it only transfers the structure-borne sound transmission from the tuning frame to the outer frame. I used to use metal components for this, but many of my colleagues have been using plastic blocks for many years. As regards the sound, there is no reason not to do so.

Even if many players are not aware of it, plastic has been used in bodhráns for a long time: heads of tuning screws, tape, ribbons, varnish, each individual glued joint – these are all synthetic materials.
For me, taking this step is the result of a long decision-making process.
The more you think about the requirements of this component, the more logical the demand for a plastic die-cast part becomes.
Highest precision and reproducibility whilst saving weight and providing good availability.

For me, this is a big step.

Forward.

Christian



 

TUNING FRAME PROFILES

  • Different tuning frame profiles with individual bearing edge designs influence the sound of each and every individual drum skin.
  • The compressor tuning frame produces a dryer and more defined sound and is therefore a welcome alternative for studio recordings or on stage.
  • For synthetic skins, we offer a special tuning frame with cotton-covered bearing edge that makes the skin a bit more “natural” without making it lax or imprecise.  
  • The “Bassmonster” tuning rim with a thick chamois leather-covered bearing edge and a large rounded profile interior gets the maximum of long vibrating, warm and rich base sounds out of every drum skin. 
  • Tuning rims with chamois leather-covered bearing edge prevent squeaking when using soft, flexible skins and increase tuning stability.
  • The Comfort frame without chamois leather-covered bearing edge helps to reach the highest possible brilliance when using harder skins (softer skins may start to produce squeaking sounds).
  • The provided Standard Comfort Framewith chamois leather-covered bearing edge is suitable for all skin types, without influencing the sound too much in one direction. Its profile is slightly curved to the inside and offers maximum playing comfort!

 

DRUM SKINS

  • Different drum skins not only have different sound characteristics. They also feel differently when playing, and they react differently to climatic conditions. The following skins are currently available for the ChangeHED system:
  • Our popular EdlauerSelect (formerly called “standard skin”) in different thicknesses, with our without spine line, goat skin. Other skins, e.g. deer, calf or horse available upon request.
  • DRAGONSkin® in the design variants velvet, classic and spicy.
  • Synthetic skins. These skins are almost immune to climatic changes. Sound-wise, we’ve had the best results using REMO Skyntone®; and Fiberskin3. We offer transparent variants for teaching purposes.
  • TwinSkin is available in all possible and impossible combinations ;). Skin rings, stripes and patches between both skins are no problem!
  • We also offer just the uncovered holding frames, giving you the option to mount the skin yourself or have another drum maker mount it.

 

TRANSPORT AND STORAGE FRAME

This is a simple wooden board with the same diameter as the tuning rim. The transport frame is used for additional drumheads that are not mounted on a drum. The frame is clamped into the drumskin using 6 tensioning screws (same allen key as for ChangeHED) and their angle supports. We recommend using this frame for transporting and storing the drumskin to protect it from deformation and damage. Some drumskins tend to deform after a while when they’re not regularly tightened. Using the angles, the transport and storage frame is mounted right beside the fixing holes (low skin tension!). This prevents the deformation of the drumskin. The transport frames are deliberately designed for simplicity and cost effectiveness and are not suited for high skin tension. Their sole purpose is to keep the drumskin in shape. The tensioning screws should be mounted slightly sloping towards the overlaying socket. This will avoid any slippage of the tensioning screws. Comes for free with each extra skin. 


 

ChangeHED SKIN MOUNTING



PLAYLIST: BLAYNE CHASTAIN INTRODUCES THE MOS2


GALLERY: THE CREATION OF THE CHANGEHED SYSTEM



Friday, 22 May 2015 15:33

Cormac Byrne signature series

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Sometimes we have to look to the past in order to move forward.

Cormac Byrne:
"For me this was the concept behind the collaboration. I met Christian several years ago when I was first invited to teach at the Craiceann Bodhrán Summer School and was instantly struck by his unique skill as a Bodhrán maker, his precision, attention to detail, and dedication to his craft. I set about trying various different models of his bodhráns and although there was so much to offer, it was clear that the direction of Bodhrán making had gone somewhere that I could no longer identify with and the sound of the more ‘modern’ drums - smaller diameters, taped heads - was not right for me. I have always favoured the traditional style of Bodhrán - 18” diameter, 5” depth and untaped.

So after several conversations, we set about creating something truly new…a traditional style bodhrán equipped with all the modern advances, concepts and innovation of a modern drum … and the Cormac Byrne Signature Series was born!"



June 2016 Update – We’ve added to the range!
I’m delighted to announce the introduction of the exciting brand new 40cm (16”) edition:

The Cormac Byrne Signature Series COMPACT

It retains all the goodness of the original 45cm, we’ve just made it smaller.

 


DETAILS



CBss

  • 45cm diameter (ap.18“)
  • 13cm deep (ap. 5,1“)
  • Edlauer Premium goat skin, medium thick, spine at Cormac´s preferred position
  • Tool-less 10-point tuning syste, with special developed bearing edge profile
  • Exclusive veneer finish with natural oil and wax

Price: € 520



CBss COMPACT

  • 40cm diameter (ap. 16“)
  • 13cm deep (ap. 5,1“)
  • Edlauer Premium goat skin, medium thick, spine at Cormac´s preferred position
  • Tool-less 8-point tuning system with special developed bearing edge profile
  • Exclusive veneer finish with natural oil and wax

Price: € 490



Getting the sound right is the most important part….and the most difficult. I love a drum to be as ‘wild’ as possible, I feel it’s my job to tame it just the right amount for whatever musical situation I find myself in. Whether it’s a big fat open tone, or pure harmonics, huge bass notes, or a pop as crisp as a Djembe slap, a top end with the clarity of a Bongo player or a bending tone to rival any Tabla player, I want to have it all available from one drum! Bright, percussive, alive, lots of attack, resonant, wild overtones, clear harmonics, and rim shots as big as gunshots, it’s all these things and more! Just as capable of being subtle as it is being the solo voice. And the only tape you’ll find with this drum is on the box!!
So without the tape (I hear you ask), is it not difficult to control the tone?

Not at all, and here’s why: I see the use of tape as an excellent way of controlling the tone of a drum, just as drummers use moon gel to rid the drums of unwanted resonance. However bodhrán players have a huge advantage over drummers in the simple fact that our bodies are constantly in contact with the skin. I find it just as easy to get the same level of tone control over the skin by simply dampening it with the chest. Even minimal body dampening can get huge results. And this has one major advantage over taping….you can let go and un-dampen the head when you want to and let the drum go wild with the natural resonances and frequencies. Like taking a sports car into ‘sport mode’, the control is off but the possibilities are much greater. All you need to do is learn to control them and you can let rip when the time is right!!

 

THE FINISH

  • To keep with the traditional feel I wanted a natural finish. Just like the Koa finish I have on my Drum Kit and Honduras Rosewood finish on my Cajon, I like my drums to look natural and the overall look to fit together. With this is mind the finish was created in natural wood to blend with the Koa and Rosewood finish of my entire setup.
  • The tacks are exposed on the outer shell, again in fitting with the traditional look, but they are also great for adding additional sounds to tracks such as replicating Guiro lines for example.

 

THE SKIN 

  • Treated Goatskin – Spine positioned at 3/10. The spine is really important to me as it enriches the overtones. I always play the drum the same way round so the position of the spine is crucial. I find that over time the tones warm to the exact frequencies you require if the drum is played in the same position. My first task with any new drum is to locate the best position where there is just the right balance between harmonics, bass notes and high tones. I then mark the drum and stick to that position. The spine usually (but not always) ends up positioned just above my knee at about a 45 degree angle, and I play my bass tones right on top of the thicker skin of the spine.
  • The skin is extremely responsive across the range whether tuned right down where the bass tones are massive, or up high where the top end has lots of extra punch. Although the drum is large, I like to tune it high, normally to a D, where the frequency range across the drum is just right and in addition, enables me to play pedal bass lines with tunes in the key of D as well fitting nicely with tunes in G and A.
  • There is NO leather bearing edge between the tuning system and the skin allowing for maximum brightness and response.

 

THE TUNERS 

  • 10 turning wheel tuners allow for extremely accurate tuning by hand without the need for any sort of tuning key (The CBss COMPACT feature 8 tuners due to it’s smaller size). This has saved me so much time and hassle in the tuning process especially in live situations where time is tight and the pressure is high. Under hot stage lights or when playing outdoor festivals it is absolutely vital to be able to retune in seconds. This feature has proved crucial in my playing.

 

So after several years and many emails, messages and calls later, when the road tests have been done, and the studio tests completed, when so many prototypes were created and rejected, and when this drum even took a trip to University, this, I’m proud to say, is the result … a truly traditional bodhrán for the modern player – now available in two sizes – I hope you like it as much as I do.

Enjoy,
Cormac Byrne

 

 

€ 520 (CBss) / € 490 (CBss COMPACT) plus p&p, available from Cormac directly.

Until his new website is working please use FaceBook message to contact him:

https://www.facebook.com/cormac.byrne.71?fref=ts

or send him an email at Cormacbyrnepercussion(at)gmail.com




GALLERY CBss



GALLERY CBss COMPACT



 

 



Friday, 22 May 2015 15:31

Rolf Wagels Edition

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A special serie model with the ideas and wishes of Rolf Wagels, one of the leading Bodhrán players and teachers in Europe.

This model is a "signature line" bodhrán and can only be purchased from Rolf Wagels !

DETAILS



RWE

  • 40 cm diameter (ap. 16")
  • 15,3 cm deep frame (ap. 6,1") 
  • Original Lambeg skin from the North of Ireland
  • Tool-less 8-point-compressor-tuning system. Smooth-running, direct power transmission. Direct skin tention feedback. Precise tuning possible
  • Exclusive Design of red "fiddle bottom maple".
  • Taped for more harmonic overall sound.

Price: 465 EUR 



RWEchange

Price: 465 EUR



The price for both the RWE and the  RWEchange is 465 EUR.

Order and more info at: www.bodhran-info.de

 

Special thanks to master drum maker Seamus O´Kane for his help. Seamus is a living legend in bodhrán making and I am very proud and happy to get this support from him  www.tradcentre.com/seamus

Rolf playing a solo on youtube:




Rolf Wagels about the RWE:

Together with Christian Hedwitschak I developed the drum of my dreams, Christian decided to call it the RWE (Rolf Wagels Edition). We import Lambeg skins with the help of Seamus O'Kane, the drummaker from the North from the makers who supply Seamus. The tuning system uses an idea by Robert Forkner from Texas (Metloef drums) who developed a toolless tuning system, which we adopted and modified.
– Lambegskin from the North of Ireland
– compressor tuning rim
– Toolless tuning system
– High quality design by Hedwitschak
– Exclusive design
– 40 cm diameter, 15,3 cm depth
In this signature line all my demands for a high end drum are fullfilled: Not only a great design with brilliant usabiltiy, but also a universal sound. This means the Lambeg skin works great for traditional playing but gives also the full range for top end style. It's a lively drum, easy to change tones and gives a lovely feedback to the stick and to the player. Great attack and enough overtones for harmonic playing, but not too many overtones that wouldn't allow the occasional open bass playing. Every single RWE drum goes through my hands to ensure top quality. It carries my name, so I want to make sure all the drums are in brilliant shape and sound the way I would expect it. This is way the RWE is a high end classic drum that established itself in the international bodhran scene in the last couple of years. By now, people like Eric Cunningham (Frankie Gavin & DeDannan) Kieran Munnelly (Dave Munnelly Band), John Joe Kelly (Flook), Eamon Murray (Beoga), Jimmy Higgins (Altan & Lunasa), and Stiofan O'Brion play the RWE regularly.

 

Eric Cunningham:

I only use one bodhrán on stage with 'Frankie Gavin & De Dannan' and that is the RWE bodhrán made by Christian Hedwitschak. It is simply a terrific instrument and it doesn't surprise me that after every gig I did in the USA recently I was asked all the time who made my drum. It has a bass end Steve Gadd would be happy with and a top end Zakir Hussain would take delight in. There is a great feeling knowing that night after night I spend minimal time sound checking as the drum has all the natural tones inbuilt and available instantly.

 

John Joe Kelly:

I just love it! It sounds great, I can't get over it. I think it's one of the best I ever played, and I played many

 

Rolf Wagels about the new features of the RWE:


GALLERY



Friday, 22 May 2015 15:30

Martin O'Neill signature series

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The MONss is the result of a five years cooperation development between 
Martin O´Neill and myself.

You can find more information about Martin O´Neill on his website:

www.martinoneill.com 



DETAILS

Price: 445 EUR.

The MON signature series Bodhrán is exclusively available through Martin´s website:www.martinoneill.com 


 



WHAT MARTIN SAYS ABOUT THE MON SIGNATURE SERIES:

The MON ‘Signature Series’ is the result of a 5 year collaboration with bodhrán maker Christian Hedwitschak. 
I first met Christian in Edinburgh in 2007, at a workshop where I was teaching and he was displaying his bodhráns. We started chatting about drums. He was curious to know why I was playing such a small drum at the time (12” bodhrán). So I explained about the sound I’m looking for and the advantages harmonically of the smaller drum. After exchanging a few emails, he sent me a 12” LLD (LightLine Deep) to try out with one of his DRAGONSkin’s as an experiment. I instantly took to it. The sound was much more mellow than I was used to, but it had a lovely warm tone. Since then I’ve played many of Christian’s drums and they’ve never let me down. Most recently, I’ve been using the 13″ ‘MOF’ model in various guises –  TwinSkin, DRAGONSkin (Classic and Spicy), with and without concave frame, and most recently, with the new compressor tuning system.

I’ve worked with Christian giving feedback on the different drums and carried out studio tests comparing the different sounds. Most importantly for me is the ‘road test’, putting the drums through their paces night after night on tour.



DEVELOPMENT: 

When it came to designing this signature line, I knew exactly what I was looking for in one drum particularly after having had the opportunity to test out and give feedback on all of these drums.
But achieving what I wanted was no small feat. I wanted a drum that sounded completely balanced across the frequency range and responsive whether tuned low or high. As my playing is a hybrid of ‘bottom end’ and ‘top end’ style, I wanted something that was a ‘one stop shop’. It’s important to have a drum that can respond musically to whatever is required, especially for studio work. Over the past 15 years or so, I’ve played all different sizes of bodhráns but in the past few years I seem to be most comfortable on the smaller frame. My style of playing lends itself towards having a clear tone and few harmonics. The tape around the rim, which has been popular with drum makers for several years now, helps control unwanted overtones/harmonics. 
However, to my ears, with the smaller frame you get much more of the fundamental frequency and it is very precise. This is extremely useful when playing bass lines etc. but also in an ensemble setting where it takes up less of the spectrum. 
However, I realised that I wanted this drum to be slightly bigger than the one I had been using. This is because of my posture when playing.
My approach has always been about being as relaxed as possible when playing, though I’ve found with the 12” & 13″ drums I tend to be more hunched over the drum.
This is something that concerned me a lot, as I was becoming aware of the stresses on my back and shoulders. 
So here was the next challenge. Increase the diameter without losing any of the benefits of the smaller shell. After discussing it with Christian, we decided to try 35cm (14”), and for the depth to remain at 15cm (6”) and we’d use the ‘DRAGONSkinSpicy’ to achieve the sound I was looking for. The skins chosen for this drum reflect my own playing preference.
I apply a lot of pressure to the skin when playing and therefore turn the drum constantly to prevent excessive wear on one area and to keep the tuning even.
For this reason, I prefer the skin to be consistent all over and without the thicker part from the spine/backbone that can be quite common on bodhráns.

I also wanted this to be lightweight and comfortable to play.
We decided to go with a concave frame and use the new compressor tuning system. The concave frame not only helps stabilize the drum, it keeps it light. It also greatly enhances the aesthetic of the drum, which is no bad thing.
With the black nylon ribbon around the frame I get the right amount of friction whilst still able to turn the drum whilst playing.

The compressor tuning system recently developed by Christian and Rolf Wagels, with support from Jim Higgins, helps to achieve a balanced frequency response in the lower register and is especially useful both in the studio and on stage.
Furthermore, it provides the clarity and definition I always associated with the smaller frame on a larger drum.
It also makes for a more comfortable playing experience and with the angle of the rim you can bend notes with ease.

 

DESIGN:

 
When deciding on the finished look of this bodhrán, I wanted something that was understated.
Something which reflected my own personality.
We settled on a sunburst finish, from grey to black, which really draws you in to the concave shape of the frame. Rather than continuing this finish to the inside, we felt that the natural beech interior complemented this and worked well together.

 

FAQ:

"What is the big (sound) difference between the MON and the MHTF as the skin and dimensions seem to be the same ?"

- the MON is fitted with the compressor tuning system and the DRAGONSkinspicy skin is selected to be very even and without a spine, while the MHTF comes with classic tuning system and has a spine at 2/3 of the playing area.
This means the MON has the more defined, even, mellow, melodious and 'dryer' sound while the sound of the typical MHTF can be described as more brisk, more percussive and with the extra attack on the spine area.
So the main difference between both drum models is that the MON can be turned during playing (as Martin does) while the MHTF is beeing meant to be played always in the same position. 

 

"Can I get the MON in a different color/diameter/depth...?"

- no. The MON is engineered and constructed very carefully in each single detail. Over 10 prototypes have been made until we agreed to the final design/features of this drum model.
Many sound analyses have been made to ensure an equal quality from drum to drum. This means any little change of this drum would just adulterate the result.
In this case we decided not to offer any variation of this drum. The MON is the MON.
The second reason is that we wanted to keep the MON as low priced as possible. This only can be ensured with a series produced drum model.
A custom made drum of the same features would be about 200 EUR more expensive.

 

"How long is the delivery time for the MON ?"

- we try to keep the MON in stock at Martin´s place in Dublin.
Depending on the demand this might be not always be possible but we will try to keep the delivery time as short as possible. 

 

Martin O´Neill at Craiceann 2012 - short after the official launch of the MONss

Film by Ilona Drechsel-Avedikian, Bad Homburg, Germany

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:30

Eamon Murray signature series

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The EMsig is the result of my 10 years of collaboration with Ireland's "most talented" (Irish Music Magazine) Bodhrán player Eamon Murray. The EMsig features a Lambeg skin, which has a bit more attack and can take the kind of high tension that is perfect for top-end-style players, especially for concert performance.

At the same time it has plenty of low end range and bass warmth to play sessions or acoustic.

http://eamonmurray.ie/drums/



 

EAMON MURRAY ABOUT THE EMSIG TUNING SYSTEM:

 

The tuning system is designed especially for high-tension top-end-style playing which is new to the range of Hedwitschak tuning systems. It’s a 5 tuner system. It’s the perfect amount if you need to tune during a performance and the ease of travelling without a tuning key or screwdriver is the only way to go! The tuning system is designed to be able to have the drum at a high-tension and hold it there if that’s what you need. This is ideal for me as I require a tighter drum for speed and need it to be able to stay tight during a gig without too much tuning. 

This is the first Hedwitschak drum that has been designed for a more ‘top-end’ player!!
 It obviously suits all styles, but if you need the high-tension, then it’s got it, with ease.
After much fighting (which I won) the drum comes with a bar on the inside, a controversial move, but hear me out... It can be removed with ease, just 4 small screws if it’s not for you. I’ve ALWAYS preferred to have a bar, to me, it’s not restrictive. If it’s far enough from the skin, I find it really helps with stability and leverage for tone. I know I’m one of the few that like it, but hey, it’s worked for me so far. 

For no reason whatsoever, I stuck a sticker of a horse on my old Hedwitschak drum. It became my pal, and for good measure, each drum will now come with it’s own horse-headed sticker. It’ll help keep you company and you’ll thank me.

 

GALLERY




ORDERING

Exclusively available from Eamon Murray at:  http://eamonmurray.ie/drums/

Kunden aus Deutschland können die EMsig auch direkt bei mir für 445 EUR incl. MwSt bestellen.
Bitte fragen Sie per email an. 

 

Eamon Murray explaining (and playing) the EMsig.

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:29

MOS2

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MOS2 is the follow-up model of the popular top-seller MOS.

We kept the classic exterior design of the MOS, but totally revised the interior appearance and tuning system. The brand-new ChangeHED skin holding system offers spectacular new options and possibilities as drum heads and tuning rims now can be changed and variably combined. 

 

MOS2 Detail

 

The MOS2 allows changing drum heads and tuning rims - each drum head and tuning rim fits on any MOS2. 

Only 6 Allen key screws have to be loosened to allow the drum head being taken off the main frame. Then the tuning rim can also be removed. 
Numerous drum heads and tuning rims are available for the MOS2, even synthetic skins. Each skin and tuning rim can be used on any MOS2!
The ChangeHED skin holding system is only available in 37cm - 15" exterior drum diameter. 
Accordingly the MOS2 is only available in 37cm version. 

The MOS2 comes with a standard rim depth of 14cm - 5.6". Deeper frames are available upon request.

nur einige der zahllosen Möglichkeiten
Nur einige der zahllosen Möglichkeiten
 

MODELS & PRICES

MOS2

  • 37x14cm
  • Weight approx. 1950 gr.
  • Fiddlebottom maple grey/brown/red/green/blue fading to black, interior and exterior, varnished
  • ChangeHED skin holding system
  • Toolless tuning system with 6 open star tuners, beech natural with oil and beeswax finish
  • DRAGONSkin® (velvet/classic/spicy) taped, velvet ribbon, decoration nails
  • Standard comfort tuning rim with leather-covered bearing edge.

465 EUR incl. 19% MwSt (VAT)

MOS2 CONCAVE

  • 37x15cm
  • Weight approx. 1850 gr.
  • Fiddlebottom maple grey/brown/red/green/blue fading to black, interior and exterior, varnished
  • Concave outer shape, 5mm solid fiddlebottom maple exterior layer, beech interior
  • ChangeHED skin holding system
  • Toolless tuning system with 6 open star tuners, beech natural with oil and beeswax finish
  • DRAGONSkin® (velvet/classic/spicy) taped, velvet ribbon, decoration nails
  • Standard comfort tuning rim with leather-covered bearing edge.

665 EUR incl. 19% MwSt (VAT)



Interchangeable drum heads:

  • Synthetic skin, transparent, taped, nylon ribbon, no nails   95 EUR
  • Synthetic skin REMO SKYNTONE®, taped, nylon ribbon, no nails 105 EUR
  • EdlauerSelect goat skin, taped, with or without ribbon and nails, from 115 EUR
  • DRAGONSkin®, goat skin taped, with or without ribbon and nails 135 EUR
  • DRAGONSkin® deer, with or without ribbon, nails and tape 145 EUR
  • Lambeg skin, RWE quality, taped with nails 135 EUR
  • Kangaroo skin by Kentville drums, Australia, taped, with or without nails 135 EUR
  • TwinSkin, taped, with or without ribbon and nails, from 220 EUR
  • Mesh/trigger head (for quiet, but authentic practice purpose) 85 EUR
  • Skin holding frame without skin 30 EUR

Extra tuning rims:

  • Standard comfort profile with leather-covered bearing edge, natural finish:  
    65 EUR (included in MOS2 delivery scope!)
  • Comfort profile without leather covering, natural finish. (only suitable for harder, stiffer skins): 55 EUR
  • Compressor tuning rim, solid black varnished, thin leather covering on bearing edge: 95 EUR
  • Special tuning rim for synthetic skins with cotton-covered bearing edge, natural finish: 65 EUR
  • "Bassmonster" tuning rim, thick soft leather-covered bearing edge, larger rounded profile interior, natural finish: 
    65 EUR
  • Custom-made profile: from 85 EUR

 

Transport frame

Safe storage for extra drum skins –  20 Eur.

More information

 

Extra main frame:

  • 37cm, Fiddlebottom maple grey/brown/red/green/blue fading to black, incl. star grip screws and skin holding screws. For 14cm total depth. 265 EUR
  • dito for 15cm: 285 EUR
  • dito for 16cm: 295 EUR
  • dito for 17cm and deeper, incl. cutout: from 330 EUR
  • Custom versions of several veneers or solid varnished finishes, also concave frames available upon request !
  • Concave shaped frame, Fiddlebottom maple grey/brown/red/green/blue fading to black, incl. star grip screws and skin holding screws. For 15cm total depth. 465 EUR

All custom options are based on the "Customisation" price list.   

Please feel free to enquire about a complete custom-made ChangeHED drum :) ! 

 

PLAYLIST: BLAYNE CHASTAIN INTRODUCES THE MOS2

 

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Friday, 22 May 2015 15:28

Customisation

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My workshop is specialized in the production of custom made drums.
Individual instruments are planned and made in close contact with the customer. An extensive advise and guidance is of course. For me 'custom work' does not mean to produce everything that is possible. Rather, it is meant to incorporate customer requests in a useful way. This is the way to achieve maximum results. Playing comfort and optimum sound results are always kept in the focus.

 

BASIC OUTFIT





  • 14cm deep (ap. 5,6") deep frame made of layered, solid beech.
  • Tool-less tuning system. Smooth-running, direct power transmition, proven and reliable.
  • Special selected "Standard" goat skin in highest quality.
  • Special leather strip under drum skin.
  • Multi-point tuning system for precise tuning.
  • Natural finish of oil and bees wax.
  • Taped drum skin for more harmonic overtone behaviour. If you would lieke to get a drum without the black tape or if you are interested in our "Transparent tape" please just let me know !

(All prices incl. 19%VAT, exclusive p&p)

  • Diameter 33 cm (ap. 13") € 345
  • Diameter 35 cm (ap. 14") € 355
  • Diameter 37 cm (ap. 15 ”) € 365
  • Diameter 40 cm (ap. 16 “) € 385
  • Diameter 45 cm (ap. 18 “) € 455

Please note: I recommend 37 or 40 cm.

 


 

SUPPLEMENTS

  • Deeper frame until 16cm (ap. 6“) € 20
  • Deeper frame until 21cm (ap. 6,8“) € 60
  • Compressor tuning system € 35
  • DRAGONSkin drum skin € 30 ("velvet", "classic" or "spicy")
    or
  • TwinSkin (special laminated, custom made drum skin composed of two or more single skins. This is NOT DoubleSkin !) € 120
  • Extrerior layer of maple or cherry (see 1st row wood pictures below) € 30
  • Veneer inlay stripe (at beech, maple or cherry) € 20
  • Concave frame (if a solid varnish is required) € 20
  • Concave frame on stained beech or cherry or walnut € 200
  • Concave frame on fiddlebottom- or birdseye maple € 250
  • Veneerd wood finishes: (see wood pictures from 2nd row)

  • Additonal price for veneer only exterior € 40
    (Interior in beech, tuning ring in beech or solid black)

  • Additional price for interior and exterior veneer finish € 70
    (Intermediate rim in same veneer or black, tuning ring in black)
  • Special noble veneers: There is a surcharge for Olive, Makassar und Yew wood because of the high material price and the complex extra work.
    The extra charge is € 115 per frame side. For example a drum with Makassar veneer interior and exterior = 70+115+115= 300 € extra charge)
  • Surcharge for Beech blue/brown/red/green fading into black
    This finish always comes at interior and exterior, inclusive black tuning frames.
    Complete additional charge is 120 Euro
  • 2 tuning pegs more (only for 45cm) € 20
  • Only-nails-option. (no decoration ribbon) € 30
  • Cutout € 25 (only recommended in exceptional case !)
  • Single bar € 25 (only recommended in exceptional case !)
  • Cross bar (Your are absolutely sure ? ;-) ) € 50
  • Dyed skin (black, blue, green red, yellow, "stonewashed“) € 50

 


If you have further questions please feel free to ask !

Pleas note: We offer a 10% discount for all tippers with new drum orders!

Thank you for your order!

 


 

YOUR CHOICE

Please note:

Row1: Solid layer of beech, maple or cherry. Only exterior.

IDV means "Italian Desing Veneer". These are real wood veneers created of differnt single veneers. Differnt staining, laminating and cutting techiques are used to compose these special veneers. The big advantage is the enenly wood grain all over the veneer layer. Compared to some special grown wood veneers they are also much less expensive.
Really fine thing ! :-)

Usually all veneer surfaces comes with a varnished finishing. We use a high quality two-component-poyurethane varnish, semigloss. If you should prefer a natural finish of oil and bees wax please let us know. For colored/stained surfaces only a varnish finish is available.

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Beech (with veneer inlay stripe)


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Maple (with veneer inlay stripe)


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Cherry (with veneer inlay stripe)


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Nut wood (same as website background)


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Yew wood


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Wild beech


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fiddle bottom maple, red fading into black


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fiddle bottom maple, blue fading into black


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fiddle bottom maple, green fading into black


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fiddle bottom maple, grey fading into black


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fiddle bottom maple, nature


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fiddle bottom maple, red (exclusive for RWE)


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Bird's eye maple blue IDV


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Bird's eye maple red, fading into black IDV


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Bird's eye maple nature IDV


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BlackBubbles IDV


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Nutgrain IDV


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SilverStripe IDV


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Beech blue, fading into black


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Beech brown, fading into black


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Olive


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Real Makassar 'Ebony'


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Padouk


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Wenge IDV


Beech (with veneer inlay stripe)

Maple (with veneer inlay stripe)

Cherry (with veneer inlay stripe)

Nut wood

Yew wood

Wild beech

fiddle bottom maple, red fading into black

fiddle bottom maple, blue fading into black

fiddle bottom maple, green fading into black

fiddle bottom maple, grey fading into black

fiddle bottom maple, nature

fiddle bottom maple, red (exclusive for RWE)

Bird's eye maple blue IDV

Bird's eye maple red, fading into black IDV

Bird's eye maple nature IDV

BlackBubbles IDV

Nutgrain IDV

SilverStripe IDV

Beech blue, fading into black

Beech brown, fading into black

Olive

Real Makassar 'Ebony'

Padouk

Wenge IDV



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Nailing Options


Nails: standard, wide, narrow, left: nail color silver, gold, 'antique'

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Velvet Ribbons


Velvet ribbon: black, blue, green, red

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Combi Ribbons


Combi ribbon on wide black velvet ribbon

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Nylon Ribbon


black, blue, green, red

Nails

standard, wide, narrow, left: nail color silver, gold, 'antique'

Velvet ribbon

Velvet ribbon: black, blue, green, red

Combi Ribbons

Combi ribbon on wide black velvet ribbon

Nylon Ribbon

black, blue, green, red


 


 

The following video features an explanation and solo demonstration of a recent and unique custom made Hedwitschak Bodhrán. It was a collaboration between Jacob McCauley and Christian Hedwitschak.  The concept of this new Bodhrán was to have it stand out with its shell design, as well as have an interesting sound signature.  The deep shell depth of the drum, matched with its open nature and sound hole allow for it to eliminate the usual problems of a deep shell design.  Thus creating a very distinctive look and exciting full bodied sound.  

Please enjoy the video and see the finished product in action.


 

EXAMPLE DRUMS