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MOS2 Customizable Bodhrans by Christian Hedwitschak

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The MOS "My Own Special" by Art Bodhrán features all of maker Christian Hedwitschak's favorite features wrapped up into one "special" bodhrán with one convenient twist: the new MOS2 is Christian Hedwitschak's first completely customizable bodhrán. All MOS2 bodhráns are 37x14cm and are regularly stocked in brown and grey fading to black. Red, blue, and green fading to black are available as a special order item.



Blayne will soon be filming a short video demonstrating the ChangeHED system and sound quality of the MOS2, and will be filming a second video for the different sounds between the rims and drum heads that are currently available for this bodhrán. Stay tuned!

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The MOS "My Own Special" by Art Bodhrán features all of maker Christian Hedwitschak's favorite features wrapped up into one "special" bodhrán with one convenient twist: the new MOS2 is Christian Hedwitschak's first completely customizable bodhrán. All MOS2 bodhráns are 37x14cm and are regularly stocked in brown and grey fading to black. Red, blue, and green fading to black are available as a special order item.

MOS2- One of a Kind, All Up to You

While the MOS2 retains the sleek design and finish of the original MOS, the interior appearance and tuning system have been completely reconfigured and the size of the bodhrán is 37x14cm. The standardized bodhrán size will give you the opportunity to take advantage of the ChangeHEDskin holding system, Christian's new design to provide hundreds of drum head and tuning rim possibilities. Yes, drum heads and tuning rims can be changed and combined to fit your immediate needs!

ChangeHED Skin Holding System

Only six allen key screws lay between you and customizable freedom! After loosening the screws with an allen key, you can easily remove the drum head to expose the tuning rim, which can also be removed and replaced.

There are several options for new drum heads and tuning rims; even synthetic heads and TwinHeds are available to add to any MOS2 bodhrán as a separate accessory rather than having to purchase a brand new bodhrán.

Customization

Interchangeable Drum Heads
  • Synthetic Skin: These skins are largely unaffected by climate changes and regional setbacks, such as Arizona dry heat in Summer versus the humid freezes of Illinois Winters. Synthetic skins are available in REMO Skyntone® and Fiberskin3. Synthetic skins can be customized with nylon ribbon if desired.
  • EdlauerSelect Goat Skin: Formerly called "standard skin", EdlauerSelect is available in different thicknesses with or without spine line. This skin can be customized with nylon ribbon and nails.
  • DRAGONSkin® Goat Skin: Our most popular skin for any and every Hedwitschak bodhrán! Available in original, spicy, and velvet, and can now be ordered in deer skin instead of goat. Also available to customize with nylon ribbon and nails if desired.
  • TwinSkin: This type of skin is, in face, two skins or more combined together for easier tuning and long lasting lifetime for those who have excessive hand sweat while playing for long periods of time. Customizable on its own, TwinSkin can be added to your MOS2 in any combination you choose. Skin rings, stripes, and patches can be added to any skin combination. This skin can be accompanied by ribbon and nails as well.
  • Skin Holding Frame without skin: If you require a replacement frame but love the skin you have, you can always order the frame on its own! This convenience saves time and money in waiting on a brand new bodhrán.
Tuning Rims
  • Standard Comfort Frame Profile: The frame that comes standard in each Hedwitschak bodhrán. This frame includes a chamois leather covered bearing edge and is suitable for all skin-types without influencing the sound much in one direction or another. The profile of the standard frame is slightly curved to the inside of the bodhrán and provides maximum comfort. Comes in natural finish.
  • Comfort Frame Profile without Leather Cover: The standard comfort frame can be ordered without the chamois leather covering if preferred. This frame is best suited for harder, stiffer skins, allowing for a more brilliant sound that is otherwise dampened by the leather. Comes in natural finish.
  • Compressor Tuning Rim: The compressor rims produces a more dry and defined sound than the standard frame. This rim is perfect for studio recordings or stage performances. Varnished in solid black with thin leather on the bearing edge.
  • Synthetic Skin Rims: For synthetic skins, a special tuning rim is available that includes a cotton lined bearing edge. This rim allows synthetic skins to sound more natural. Comes in natural finish.
  • "Bassmonster" Rim: The ultimate tuning rim for resonant, warm, and rich bass sounds from any skin, the Bassmonster includes a thick chamois leather-covered bearing edge and a large rounded profile interior. Comes in natural finish.
  • Custom Made Rim: Are these rims falling short of what you need? You can have a rim custom made for your MOS2 any time. Please email info@whistleanddrum.com for pricing and availability on custom rims.
Extra Main Frame

If you are happy with your drum head and rim but would like a different colored MOS2, you can order a main frame separately rather than a brand new bodhrán. Main frames are available in standard Grey/Anthracite and Brown fading to black as well as Red, Blue, and Green fading to black and include tuning pegs and Allen key skin holding screws. Other varnishes may be available upon request.

Like the look of the concave main frame over the standard variety? Concave frames can now be special ordered in Grey, Brown, Red, Blue, and Green.

Main frames can be special ordered as deeper frames between 15cm and 17cm. Standard depth for the MOS2 is currently 14cm, and the depth for concave main frames is 15cm. All main frames are a standard 37cm wide. Please email info@whistleanddrum.com for pricing on frames deeper than 17cm.

 

About Art Bodhrán

Art Bodhrán began in the year 2000 when bodhrán player and master carpenter Christian Hedwitschak, unhappy with his own Bodhrán and having a hard time finding a better one, took matters into his own hands and tried making one himself.

I still feel sorry for the poor old goat that sacrificed its skin for my first attempt. If it had seen what I made out of its skin, it would have turned in its grave!
Christian Hedwitschak

Fortunately, that “poor old goat” didn’t die in vain! Christian, together with a passion for finding the best skins and his experience as a master carpenter, continued in his efforts to build the best bodhráns the world had yet seen and heard.

2005 marked the unveiling of Christian’s now highly coveted DRAGONSkin, Art Bodhrán’s premium goatskin and a thumbscrew tuning system that makes tuning all Art Bodhráns quick and easy.

I’ve been playing bodhráns now for over 35 years but these are the best and most professional bodhráns I have ever seen and played. The DRAGONSkin is gorgeous!
Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh

DRAGONSkin is made of Art Bodhrán’s top of the line goatskin but goes through an additional step of skin treatment that renders the skin extra soft, smooth and supple. Developed by Christian in response to the requirements of the growing number of “multi-octave” and “top-end” style bodhrán players, DRAGONSkin affords the modern bodhrán player with a skin that is capable of sub bass lows, bouncy middles, ear popping highs and all points in between.

Christian, in his ongoing pursuit to supply both professionals and amateurs alike with the finest bodhráns at any price continues to expand his range of bodhráns and accessories. From the LightLine series of bodhráns which offer pro level features at entry level prices to an extensive selection of lathe turned tippers, Art Bodhrán has something for everyone.

WOW WOW WOW!!! It is here and it is one BEAUTIFUL BODHRÁN. The finish is so professional — the workmanship is superb — the quality overall is at the height of artistic craftsmanship — the sound is total tone. My thanks to Blayne and you and all at Whistle and Drum, and if anyone talks with Christian, please convey my excitement and that I will honor it by playing it well.
Donal Murphy

In addition to many happy amateurs, Christian’s bodhráns are played by some of the world’s best bodhránii. Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh, John Joe Kelly, Junior Davey, Jim Higgins, Eamon Murray, Siobhán O´Donnel, Kieran Munelly, Stiofán O´Broin, Rolf Wagels, Guido Plüschke and Lucy Randall just to name a few.

The bodhrán has become the focus and mainstay of my life. So it makes me all the happier that my hard work is paying off, and that so many professional musicians all over the world are playing my instruments and recommending them to others.
Christian Hedwitschak

Art Bodhrán Ingredients

Quality Goatskins

Christian hand selects goatskins to exacting standards ensuring that all Art Bodhrán sound as good as they look. They are then processed by hand using traditional, environmentally conscious methods that not only benefit the skins but the earth as well.

Art Bodhrán’s premium skin DRAGONSkin goes through an additional step of skin treatment that renders the skin extra soft, smooth and supple. Developed by Christian in response to the requirements of the growing number of “multi-octave” and “top-end” style bodhrán players, DRAGONSkin affords the modern bodhrán player with a skin that is capable of sub bass lows, bouncy middles, ear popping highs and all points in between.

Both High End and LightLine models come standard taped around the rim. This helps to suppress unwanted overtones and focus the tone. High End models come with an additional special leather-dampening strip between the skin and rim that helps to define and refine the tone further.

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Quality Solid Wood Frames

Three layers of 3mm thick solid beech bonded together by a special polyurethane adhesive paste are used to form the core Art Bodhrán frame. Christian’s high end models are then finished in a variety of gorgeous veneers, inlays and finishes while the LightLine models are left “au naturale”, plain beech with a clear carnauba wax finish.

Quality Thumbscrew Tuning Mechanism

All Art Bodhrán now come standard with thumbscrew tuners. This makes tuning your bodhrán fast and easy, as you don’t have to go searching for your tuning wrench any more! Natural goatskins will tighten and loosen depending on the surrounding temperature and relative humidity. Even just the warmth of your hand will cause the skin to tighten slightly over time causing the pitch of the drum to rise so having a tuning system like this is key.

 

Our Commitment to Art Bodhrán

In the winter of 2003, while on holiday in Ireland, we (Blayne & Deb, W&D’s owners) came across some of Christian’s bodhráns in a small music shop. Being duly impressed, Blayne asked the shopkeeper who made them but he was a new employee and didn’t know. Intrigued, Blayne decided that he would do a bit of research upon returning home to find out who made those lovely bodhráns.

"Heddys" waiting to be shipped to
Whistle & Drum!

A day or so after returning home, Blayne sat down to catch up on email. Much to his excitement there was a note written by Christian introducing himself and his bodhráns! Coincidence? We like to think not!

Needless to say, it wasn’t long thereafter that we began stocking Art Bodhrán. A short time later Christian agreed to have us exclusively represent Art Bodhrán in the US.

We now like to think of ourselves as Art Bodhrán’s US headquarters. As such we are committed to carrying Christian’s entire line of bodhráns and accessories. If there is an item of Christians’ that you don’t see on our site, please contact us. We are happy to help!

Long live Art Bodhrán!

Blayne & Deborah Chastain

Whistle & Drum – Art Bodhrán’s US Headquarters!

Additional Information

Brand: Christian Hedwitschak
Tunable? Yes
Bodhrán Diameter 37cm / 14.6" (Common)
Bodhrán Depth 14cm / 5.5", 15cm / 5.9", 16cm+ / 6.3"+
Bodhrán Skin DRAGONSkin Original/Spicy/Velvet Goat/Deer, TwinSkin in any variant, EdlauerSelect, REMO SKYNTONE® Synthetic, FiberSkin 3 Synthetic
Material(s) / Finish: Standard Comfort Profile tuning rim with leather-covered bearing edge, Comfort Profile tuning rim without leather-covered bearing edge, Compressor tuning rim, Synthetic Skin tuning rim with cotton-covered bearing edge, Bassmonster tuning rim, Custom tuning rim, six allen screws, six star tuning screws, grey/brown/red/blue/green veneered frame regular or concave
Notes: No

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