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Trophy Bodhran 18 in.

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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 t...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thundering Drum

By Nap alms

from Nashville, IN

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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!

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fun drum

By spends.too.much.money.on.music

from Mt. Vernon, IN

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

very good, but......

By Psycho-FcUNH

from Waterford, Ireland

Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

This bodhran is a very nice instrument. Being Irish I actually know what one should sound like, and it is good, but i have played better.

(2 of 2 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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots of fun

By On Backorder

from Coastal California

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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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Wanted to like this...

By BlueCanary

from Bay Area

About Me Novice

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor quality control

By Disappointed-ibX8F

from Oklahoma

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful value

By Paddy Rose

from Clear Lake, WI

Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

I was planning to construct my own, but ran into problems finding a raw goatskin. Realizing that I might be re-inventing the wheel, I checked MF and found this 18" drum for less than a mutton epidermis.This drum has a sturdy frame and a very responsive feel. The tipper is no-frills but balanced and functional.I also purchased the Saga bodhran bag, & would highly recommend this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Birthday Present

By Leader of the Band

from Chiloquin, Oregon

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Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

All I can say is that my wife was very surprised and grateful for this present. She is a keyboard player but I could tell she wanted to hit something from time to time and in time. When she opened the gift wrapped box she was so excited like it was something she had wanted all her life She is from good British stock and listening to her play it and without any help mute some of the beats from below with her hand I could tell she instinctively knew how to play this great drum.It came in great condition and is very pleasing to behold as well as play. I have had a chance to play it and it has a deep resonate F note. I gave her some other drums as presents also and since this one is not tunable she has tuned the others to be in harmony with this one. I highly recommend this instrument. She has the 18? model and she loves it. I would like one myself but I hope she shares. I consider it a great investment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Shane Skowron

from North Brookfield, MA

Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

This was a great deal. I was making a purchase on this site and I saw this and figured, why not buy this instrument? I wanted to add an epic and folk feel to my metal music and I was right that this was a good place to start. It was quite inexpensive, but it is very nice looking. It has markings on it to make it look like it is ancient. The skin is synethetic I think, but it still sounds good. It seems very sturdy. The only downsides are the lack of case and the synthetic skin.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Traditional always beats modern renditions

By Tolain

from Wanaque, NJ

Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

I have always wanted a Bodhran, but could never find one made traditionally in the United States. I am of Irish Descent and already know how to play this drum, and I find it hard to believe that most places in America don't sell it. It is one of the best drums out there and Grover/Trophy has made a truly traditional drum with a great sound quality all it's own.

(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.

 
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!

     
    5.0

    Grover-Trophy Bodhran

    By woccow

    from Leavenworth, KS

    Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

    This is definitely a decent drum. It has a nice, deep tone you adjust as you play. It is lightwieght and easy to handle. The 18" version is a lot larger than I expected. The drum is made in Pakistan, and is of good quality.

     
    5.0

    Very good for very cheap....

    By The Beez

    from Clinton, MS

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    Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

    I bought this bodhran (pronounced : bow-rawn)and a tin whistle after listening to Celtic music for the past year and am just trying to learn it.Two downer...no instructions or case. But don't let that keep you from buying it. If you've seen BRAVEHEART , you know that the music is beautiful. This is one element of the Celtic musical heritage. Great Buy.

     
    5.0

    Excellent drum

    By Scott-ahRML

    from Kentwood, MI

    Comments about Trophy Bodhran:

    I purchased this drum earlier this week, and I just received it today. I cannot express how delighted I am! Sound quality is better than any other hand drum out there as far as I'm concerned.

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