Tambourine Studio Bodhráns
by Steve Forman, are regarded among finest custom-made bodhráns available.  Here's why:

 1.  Excellent heads
Premium natural rawhide goatskins, unbleached or   machined, or treated by any chemical process. Skins are de-haired by hand sanding.  Thicknesses vary from medium to very thick depending    on the player’s requirements.  (Thicker skins are "punchier", last   indefinitely, but take longer to break in and require more skill and strength to manipulate; thinner ones are easier to play, afford a more   centered pitch and considerably less break-in period.)  Heads are   mounted with top quality nickel or brass plated steel tacks (not glued as with cheaper drums) allowing heads to self-adjust to the shell.

2.   Premium Drum shells
  We begin with 10 ply, all-maple Keller cylinders,  the finest quality plywood drum-shell  in the world.  They'll never warp or de-laminate. Like every component in a Tambourine Studio drum, the shells are guaranteed for life for the original owner*.  Unique among top-end drums, Tambourine Studio shells feature horizontal plys on both the outside and inside and are much less vulnerable to dirt or liquids.   Simply the hardest, most stable bodhrán frame made today.

3.  Great Fit & Finish
Featuring custom inlay detail and an imbedded antique coin, the all-maple shells are toned with premium aniline dyes, and then finished with 8 hand brushed coats of Epifane high gloss spar vanish, the best marine varnish on the market.  Developed for extreme marine weather conditions, aifane finishn Ep will never yellow, flake, or separate like polyurethane will over time, and is impervious to most solvents, oil, alcohol and hand lotions and sunscreens (which can attack a lacquer finish).  A gloss finish is strongly recommended because of its superior hardness and maximum resistance to wear and abrasion and ease of cleaning, but semi-gloss, matte or rubbed oil finishes are available on request.

4.  Fast, Precision Tuning
  The tone and projection qualities of tunable bodhrán depends on the integrity of the head bearing, or tuning ring. Tambourine Studio offers two head bearing options: a solid brass ring, or a unique finger joint & lathe construction hardwood ring made exclusively for us by Pete Stanbridge in Newfoundland. Both rings feature precision machined bearing edges allowing the head to flow smoothly over the ring, and a 45º interior cut away allowing the head to vibrate efficiently without buzzing even at very low tension.  The Stanbridge bearing is feather-light, yet incredibly strong, perfectly flat and round.  The brass affords incredible sustain and volume.  Either ring provides the stable, rigid platform required for real projection and resonance, far superior to the common lightweight plywood or acrylic bearing found in most other bodhráns.  The tuning rings are adjusted with the minimum necessary number of continuously variable carbon steel set screws, carefully tapped through solid brass hex blocks. The hex blocks are anchored to the shell with hidden exterior machine screws.  This type of construction actually reinforces the shell instead of weakening it.  This fail-safe tuning system isolates all the head's energy from the resonator shell at the tuning ring.  The head tension and impact are supported by the brass components, not the plywood.

5.  Solid Construction, Guaranteed for the life of the original owner*

*The lifetime guarantee covers all components and structural elements of Tambourine Studio Drums for life for the original owner except for drum heads.  Head life expectancy depends on many variable conditions. Modifications to the drum including head changes not performed by Tambourine Studio, or failure to follow basic maintenance recommendations will void the guarantee. Maintenance recommendations: Store the drum in a decent case, and lube the tuning screws once in a while. Avoid extremely hostile airline baggage handlers. Don't leave the drum locked in the back seat of a black car parked in the sun in Death Valley for more than 4 hours at a time. Don't deliberately immerse the drum in sea water....

Standbridge hardwood tuning bearing.
Solid brass tuning bearring.
You can learn more about Tambourine Studio Bodhráns from the man who makes them:
Contact Steve Forman at Tambourine Percussion Studio: 471 N. Avenue 51,
Highland Park CA. 90042 Telephones: Voice 323 344 8123, FAX 323 344 8550,
E-mail: Steve Forman
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