Crossbars/single bars - an introduction!
Initially, many bodhráns had a cross attached to the frame. On the one hand, this may have been important due to the construction, in order to keep the frame in shape.
On the other hand, it served as a handhold for the originally open, i.e. free-swinging, playing style. This cross is still a prominent feature in many traditional images of the bodhrán.
With modern frame construction and gluing techniques, such an aid is no longer structurally necessary.
Nowadays, however, since the sound is modulated with the skin hand, i.e. the skin hand needs freedom of movement, such a cross has generally become rather disturbing. For this reason, most bodhráns today are built without a cross or bar.
This also allows constant turning while playing, which wears the drumhead more evenly and thus also leads to greater tuning stability, as the hand sweat is distributed more evenly.
For some playing techniques, however, a crossbar is virtually indispensable and players like Eamon Murray (BEOGA) or Dónal Lunny (living legend of bass-bodhran playing) swear by the use of a crossbar.
For some players, such a crossbar is a great relief and gives them the necessary SUPPORT for their playing.
The problem with most crossbars is that they are in direct contact with the drum frame and thus influence or dampen the sound.
Since I get requests for crossbars again and again, I made it my business to develop a crossbar that can be installed for most drum models by the player himself, can be adjusted in height (distance between drum skin and crossbar) without tools and can be completely disassembled without tools. At the same time, it does not directly influence the frame with body sound.
After many years of development and thanks to the support of Dónal Lunny, who played a major role in the development, I have now succeeded in doing this.