Lively click sound with a good combination of articulation and tone. My favorite for general playing. Weight: 22 grams Construction: 9-3mm beech rods surrounding 3-3mm walnut rods in the center. The Walnut rods in the center take a bit of weight off and serve to mellow the sound of the beech outer rods slightly. Handle: Blue cushioned grip.
About the BellRods
The BellRods are my signature series of Bodhrán Tippers, designed by me, and made by Stevie Moises of Drechslerei-Moises in Bavaria. All four tippers in the BellRod family are 26cm, or 10.2 inches long. I find that this is the ideal length for me to be able to play single or double-ended styles and to get the combination of power and control that I need.
All of the BellRods feature a unique cushioned rubber grip which is placed at the upper third of the tipper, leaving just over an inch of the tipper above the top of the grip. I worked with Stevie to develop a cushioned grip that was comfortable to play and had just enough tackiness that it wouldn’t slip out of my hand. This grip placement works for single or double ended playing, and works perfectly for the baby grip that I use, or a more traditional tipper grip. The cushioned grip itself is six inches long, so you can hold the tipper toward the very top, or closer to its midpoint depending on your style of playing.
Each model of BellRod is constructed of combinations of bamboo, beech, or walnut rods in different configurations, giving each model a different sound, but a similar enough feel that you can switch between models without having to adjust your playing style.
The TriBell, NutBell, and BambooBell all feature a triangular shape, and are light and fast, weighing between 22 and 24 grams. All three have a similar feel to a straight stick, but most definitely have the sound of a rod tipper, which was the idea behind this series. The JazzBell has a more rounded grip because of its 33 rods, and has a nice, thicker feel in the handle.
All of the BellRod models have different colors of handles in order to be easily identified in your tipper bag or bodhrán case.
BellRods feature either two or three rubber O-rings below the handle, giving you the ability to tailor the feel and sound of the tipper to your individual preference.
I have always loved playing the bodhrán with rod-style tippers, but I hadn’t been able to find one that perfectly fit my style, and sounded great on synthetic or natural heads. So naturally, Stevie and I came up with four that fit the bill! I hope you enjoy playing the BellRods as much as we enjoyed designing them!