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      The Bodhran is the traditional Celtic drum that provides the vital pulse of Celtic music even in modern times. The Grover-Trophy bodhran stays true to the time-honored build. It is played with a double beater that allows one hand to produce complex rhythms, while the other hand adds tonal expression by muting or applying tension to the inside surface of the head.


       
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      TrophyBodhran
       
      4.3

      (based on 18 reviews)

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      Learn to Play It

      This is a great drum with a great sound... IF you know what you're doing. I've watched too many people take some form of ethnic percussion and start beating it, wondering why...Read complete review

      This is a great drum with a great sound... IF you know what you're doing. I've watched too many people take some form of ethnic percussion and start beating it, wondering why it doesn't sound right.There is a set of techniques for playing the bodhran... It's muted from behind with the left hand, tucked under the left arm, and played with the tipper in the right hand. It takes some time to learn.The bodhran and tipper are pretty much exactly what you'd think. The tipper is average, but it's not what you're really paying for. The drum itself is great.All in all, this is an instrument that requires a bit of time to learn to play. It's wonderful for the price, but don't expect the sounds to come easily.

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      Wanted to like this...

      I gather there are some good specimens of this drum out there. Alas, mine is not one of them. The construction is solid and the drum would do fine if I never had...Read complete review

      I gather there are some good specimens of this drum out there. Alas, mine is not one of them. The construction is solid and the drum would do fine if I never had to look at it, but as it is, I find it hard to ignore glue smeared all around the rim and up onto the head, and a large patch that was plainly set on some filthy surface while said glue was still wet: bits of dust, dirt and even hair are permanently glued to the goatskin, which already had still-hairy patches in its own right. From some of the other reviews, I see this bodhran was not a one-off mistake. If you don't mind unsightly (slightly gross) cosmetics, or are lucky enough to get one of the more carefully finished examples, it's a solid and serviceable instrument for a beginner. I'm afraid mine is headed back to the seller.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Wanted to like this...

      By BlueCanary

      from Bay Area

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good For Learning
      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Dirty
      • Poorly Made

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • Practicing

      Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

      I gather there are some good specimens of this drum out there. Alas, mine is not one of them. The construction is solid and the drum would do fine if I never had to look at it, but as it is, I find it hard to ignore glue smeared all around the rim and up onto the head, and a large patch that was plainly set on some filthy surface while said glue was still wet: bits of dust, dirt and even hair are permanently glued to the goatskin, which already had still-hairy patches in its own right. From some of the other reviews, I see this bodhran was not a one-off mistake. If you don't mind unsightly (slightly gross) cosmetics, or are lucky enough to get one of the more carefully finished examples, it's a solid and serviceable instrument for a beginner. I'm afraid mine is headed back to the seller.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Dirty and poorly made

      By Starsong310

      from Haydenville, MA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Dirty
      • Poorly Made

      Best Uses

      • Beginner

      Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

      For the price, it's a good drum to learn on, but I was very disappointed when I opened the box. The drum is untunable, which I should have expected for the cost, but it was also DIRTY! The outer edges are covered in glue and the whole drum is stained. For what I paid, it's not worth returning, but I don't think I'll be buying another instrument here.

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      5.0

      18 inch bodhran

      By moonlight gypsy

      from new york

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great For Learning On
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        It is a great beginning bodhran- i am enjoying it!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Poor quality control

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        We saw a friend's drum of this model (18 inch Trophy Bodhran, #445005) that was great, just what we wanted, so we ordered one on the spot. But there must be poor quality control because ours arrived with sticky black paint and ugly black paint finger smudges on the drumhead (unlike his). Another example of you get what you pay for.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Lots of fun

        By On Backorder

        from Coastal California

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        Finding myself in desperate need of some basic metronome work, this 18" frame drum was the best deal around. It turned out to be pretty useful at the occasional campfire or drum circle too, with good volume, easy transport, and the look and feel of natural wood and leather.It's very responsive. I quickly discovered a couple dozen thumps, scuffs, knocks and rolls, each with a distinctive sound. I don't need the tipper's complexities. I get good booms from a homemade padded beater. But it's lots of fun to just lay back otter-style and tap along with others or even the radio.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thundering Drum

        By Nap alms

        from Nashville, IN

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        This thing is great! I just got the 18 inch- and was still surprised at the size of it- It's like a four inch front of a bass drum. Boom, Boom Boom! Thundering resonance- More then I expected- it has to be the biggest sound for the buck. I don't know how long the goatskin head will last- I was loooking at a 12" I guess in a local store for almost twice the price of this, so I'm very pleased. The only negative is that my 18 inch doesn't have the decorative cloth around it. But hold the striker with the larger end to center for the main beats, and the smaller end rebounds off the hand for fast thunder. What's in your wallet? Use some of it for this graet Celtic sound!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Learn to Play It

        By Brooks

        from Texas

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        This is a great drum with a great sound... IF you know what you're doing. I've watched too many people take some form of ethnic percussion and start beating it, wondering why it doesn't sound right.There is a set of techniques for playing the bodhran... It's muted from behind with the left hand, tucked under the left arm, and played with the tipper in the right hand. It takes some time to learn.The bodhran and tipper are pretty much exactly what you'd think. The tipper is average, but it's not what you're really paying for. The drum itself is great.All in all, this is an instrument that requires a bit of time to learn to play. It's wonderful for the price, but don't expect the sounds to come easily.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent for the MONEY

        By Richard-Fb2xU

        from Lake George, NY

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        I have been looking for a Bodhran drum. I have been into music since I was a young boy. My age now is 56 and I just had to get into a band and I did, I was sitting and watching this Celtic band and there was a person playing the spoons and this guy came over to me and said to me would you like to try playing the spoons, I have been watching him and said sure. I played one song with the band and loved it. The only thing that was missing was a Bodhran drum. I now play this drum with the band and the band sounds much better with this sound. I am getting better & better at it. This kind of music just does something for me, it makes me feel easy in my mind & body. This drum is great for the money. If you are looking for one this would be great. It's not the drum that makes you, it's you and how you play. Get one it's good for your soul. I hope this will help you.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        18

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        Being of Celtic heritage and a lover of folk music and instruments, id be a fool to not get a Bodhran. Well, as the gods will have it, a fine 18" Bodhran made its way into my hands on Christmas Day. It is a fine instrument, very good quality for the price. It has a wide variety of tones and its the perfect beginner bodhran, possibly even for more advanced players as well. My only problem is its a little difficult to hold the 18" so its properly secure but with a tutor book, that shouldnt be a problem. Also, mine had a few dried water drops on the goatskin but they dont seem to affect the tone at all.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        fun drum

        Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

        The good news is: the Trophy Bodhran skin is REAL goatskin.The bad news is: the reason i know this is that there is still goat hair stuck to my drum in one spot.Anyways, this is a fun drum that i bought on a whim and am loving it. at this price, its worth it just to play with the drum.

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