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In today’s bodhrán world, tunable bodhráns using a tuning rim inside the frame are quite common. When, half a century ago, the tuning rim found its way into the bodhrán, this really changed the drum’s tonal characteristics. Before that, the wooden frame had been the only part of the drum that caused the drum skin to vibrate. Today, there are many more parts involved. Components such as reinforcement frames, tuning pegs, pressure screws, tuning screws, and holding screws influence the drum’s vibrational behavior through their own natural vibrations. Depending on construction and material, natural vibrations can build up or cancel each other out; they can become amplified or dampened. This can lead to an overall unbalanced frequency spectrum.
A bodhrán player may notice frequency gaps when modulating the sound of the bodhrán with the skin hand. There may be certain areas in which the drum sounds dampened, empty, or “dead“. The more the overall sound of the bodhrán is influenced by the natural vibrations of its components, the higher the potential for interferences and unpredictability.
When I started making drums, I often heard that the tuning rim should have as much friction and contact with the outer frame as possible to ensure the best possible transfer of vibration. But even back then, I wasn’t so sure about that. After all, it’s the skin that is supposed to vibrate, not the frame. And since the frame is also in contact with the player’s body (arm, upper body, thigh), its vibrations are dampened anyway.
So wouldn’t it be better if the tuning rim worked as much as possible with the skin and as little as possible with the outer frame? Wouldn’t it make sense to keep the components that might interfere with the vibrations away from the vibrating system as much as possible?
Christian Hedwitschak again
When I introduced the CoreLine in 2012, this was the first time I used an inner tuning rim that didn’t have any contact with the outer frame, except for the six points where the tuning screws touched the frame. Even before that, I had already changed all my tuning systems by using one continuous inner frame instead of several individual tuning pegs. I did this to reduce the number of individual parts and different materials, and, thus, reduce the amount of natural vibration within the vibration system.
Now the contact points of the tuning screws are decoupled acoustically. This means that the tuning rim is now the only component still in direct contact with the drum skin. The result is a drum inside a drum, so to speak: First, there is the outer frame, which is in contact with the player’s body, holds the drum skin, and supports all components of the tuning system. Second, there is the independent tuning rim, which takes the sound off the drum skin like a pickup or a bridge.
How does it work? By using rubber-encased pressure screws that are embedded in the tuning rim. This preserves the possibilities of a multi-point tuning system without dampening the tuning rim or causing it to “float.”
As a result, the brilliance of sound is significantly improved, and the frequency spectrum becomes much more homogeneous. As less energy is absorbed by the main frame, there is also a measurable increase in loudness.
As of February 2018, all RWE and RWEchange models come with the isolatHED tuning system as a standard feature.
I am always looking for a clear and defined tone in my drum. When Christian first told me about IsolatHED tuning rim, I was intrigued: could this be the next big thing? And it proved to be the next big thing, both in the laboratory testing but also when I tested it in person.
From improved accuracy and ease of tuning to overall improvement of sound from my existing skins, the IsolatHED tuning rim has taken a great drum and made it better. This is an excellent addition to the ChangeHED system.
Drum is very good. At first I didn't like it as it was almost too bright and didn't feel as controlled but as soon as I went into the studio it was instantly better. Open notes sound mega!! Night and day compared to the drum I was playing. I used it for 3 days in the studio and couldn't go back to the other one. So that's a clear thumbs-up from me!
"I was instantly convinced! The skins react even more sensitively now, tone modulation is even more precise, and the sound is even louder and clearer, too! With the new technology, I’ll be able to play even more dynamically, and as a bonus, the drum will be better heard when I’m playing with the band. All of these improvements also make a considerable difference when using a microphone. Even our sound engineer is a fan of isolatHED!"
bodhran.de - german forum about the Bodhrán
bodhranweekends.de - a workshop series I organise
bodhran-lounge.de - nice website, aimed mainly at beginners. Great instructions!
Craiceann - The bodhran summerschool on Inis Oirr. Highlight every year for bodhránplayers from allover the world
Eamon Murray - Website of "Groove Zauberer" Eamon Murray (Beoga)
Martin O'Neill - One of the leading players
bodhrán pages - one of the earlierst ressources on the net
Christian Hedwitschak - Bavaria, Germany
Stevie Moises, Tippermaker - Bavaria, Germany
Finnegan Hill - Ohio, USA
Seamus O'Kane - Dungiven, North of Ireland
Brendan White - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Belgarth - Orkney Islands, Scotland
Ben March - Ireland
Rob Forkner - Texas, USA
Mike Quinlan - Chicago, USA
Paul McAuley - Ballycastle, North of Ireland
Michael Vignoles - Galway, Ireland
Alberto Alfonso - Texas, USA
David W. Settles - Alberta, Cananda
Eamon Maguire - Belfast, North of Ireland
Davy Stuart - Christchurch, Newzealand
Norbert Eckermann - Vienna, Austria
Tipperwrapper - stop loosing your tippers
Bands & Musiker
Cara - my former main band
Steampacket - another band
More Maids - brilliant girls only band
Navan - lovely singing from Wisconsin, USA
Deitsch - Folk from Germany in German!
Jens Kommnick- the guitar man
An Tor - another great band
Nuá - brilliant music with bodhrán player Michaela Grüß
Iontach - super band featuring Jens Kommnick, Siobhan Kennedy and Angelika Berns
Ekhardt Top - another guitar playing friend
Irish-Trad-D - german mailing list about irish music:
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DUPG - the german uilleann pipes society
Ceolas - the page about irish music
Cantalibre - more than just folk
Folkworld - Online Folkmagazin
Irish Net - the german portal about Ireland
irish-music.net for Traditional Irish Music CDs, festivals, musicians, summer schools, and much more . .
Dr. Rolf Wagels
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Welcome to the bodhran-info shop. Here you will find bodhráns and all the accessories you need. Please look around. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us.
A few words about our products
Bodhran-info is a Hedwitschak Premium Partner. The Hedwitschak Premium Partners are closely integrated in all development processes at Hedwitschak drums. They support the development of new drum and tipper models, and the further development of existing products through their vast experience and their innovative approach. The Hedwitschak Premium Partners are Rolf Wagels and Stephan Moises.
All bodhráns in our shop are made by Christian Hedwitschak. He made his way to the top of the Champions League in the last few years and his drums are in high demand by top class players all over the world.
It's with him that I developed a Signature Line model with a smooth tool-less compressor tuning system and a special treated skin (Lambegskin from the North of Ireland), which has been my favourite drum for the last couple of years: The Rolf Wagels Edition or RWE.
Christian Hedwitschak does not build drums only for the high end sector. He also provides a drum line for upcoming professionals with a smaller budget: the CoreLine starting at 240€!
Tippers, Brushes, Split Tippers and Hotrods
Most of the tippers and hotrods we carry are made by Stevie Moises, with some models, like the RWE snakewood tipper and the RWE MoGrip hotrods, created especially for us. We also have a great collection of special effect tippers, like brushes and split tippers, which are unique in their sound. Make sure you watch the video on the Brush/Split-tipper page for a good impression of the different sounds.
Bags, Accessories and Learning Material
Bags are available in two different versions in accessories. along with learning material, including books and a DVD.
What customers think about us:
Our showroom stocks all the Christian Hedwitschak drums and Stevie Moises tippers available. All the accessories you find in the online shop are also available in the showroom. You are welcome to test any and all models before purchase. I also offer individual advice, based on my experience over the years.Here are some pictures of the showroom, please click to enlarge:
You can pay by card in our showroom, the following payment systems are supported:
The showroom is located in 31311 Svhwüblingsen (Uetze) near Hannover, Germany. See map for details. Please get in touch before you come, by appointment only!
It's good to see that you found the way to my website. I've played the bodhran since 1993, and this drum has become a big part of my life since then. I have met many interesting people at workshops and gigs with various bands.
On this page you will find information about me, my bands, the bodhrán, dates of gigs and workshops, and sound, pics and videos. I also have a shop where you can buy drums and accessories. Please use the menu on top or on the left of the page for navigation and watch out for the latest news in the boxes around this text. If you want to be kept informed, you might want to subscribe to the newsletter.
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