Just got this baby from Eoin and Jane Leonard of Belgarth bodhráns, i saw a documentary on Youtube about the 'ULFBEHRT' viking sword, a sword made of steel so pure and high quality it wasn't equalled until 900 years later!

That inspired me to order a bodhrán made in the same style and spirit

It is a 18" tuneable bodhran, thick, but pretty soft skin, feels and sounds lovely already and will probably be deadly when played in.

Eoin also outdid himself in sending two tippers that are very special:

He made the left Oregon pine stick from a windowframe of a converted church in Kirkwall, built in the 1890's! The oak one to the right is made from roof beams from a barn in southern England, built appx 600 years ago!
These two tippers are definetly keepers!!

All in all i am very happy so far with Belgarth.

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It looks great Lars. I've got number 126 from 1997 as well as another later one, he hasn't changed the basic design at all.

I love the skins, thick and soft, great sound.

Yeah Mike, it shows great potential already "raw" :)

Beautiful workmanship, even the tippers have incredible energy to them.  Congrats on such an awesome acquisition. 

Thanks Mindy! I am still trying to get my head around that the oak tipper is made out of 600 years old wood :)

I have #979. I have been playing the dickens out of it. Actually started to wear through the layers if the skin. Still sounds good. Enjoy it I know I do!!!!

Nick, what sort of Tippers are you using? There have been stories of incorrectly finished off HotRod types causing a lot of damage to skins.

Damaged skin is on of the reasons I stopped using a tipper and use only my hands.  That, and playing that way is much more comfortable for me.

I don't find it normal for a skin to wear thin/through. That surely must be due to a stick not suited to play!

My oldest bodhrán is 19 years old and hasn't got a scratch on it! I wouldn't play any of my drums with anything i can't rub against the inside of my forearm in any direction without scratching/hurting/leaving marks.

It was my fault, I recieved a bamboo tipper that give a nice crack but it had slightly sharp edges. By the time I noticed it the bamboo had already cut through the surface layer. I don't use it anymore but the damage is done. I have already contacted Eoin about it, and eventually when I can part with it for a bit or if I get the chance to travel there I'll get it there for repair or have him send the skin to me and I'll replace it here state's side. . .

Mike Quinn said:

Nick, what sort of Tippers are you using? There have been stories of incorrectly finished off HotRod types causing a lot of damage to skins.

@ Mindy, I often used my hand back when I had an Alfonso drum.  The hair was shaved, leaving whiskers.  After playing an hour one gig I notice something spilled on the head.  Turned out it was the blood from my skinned knuckles. Today I use either an SOK Rack & Pinion or an RWE edition, both of which have lambeg skins that are comfortably smooth.


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