Effect tippers play a big role nowadays when it comes to eliciting even more different sounds from the bodhrán than the drum already has.
Split tippers, some with a core, as well as brushes and felt tippers are used.
Often the handle or the wood is different, so that again there is a wide range of choices available. So here you will also find tippers of the MoGrip series or the MONster series.
Split tippers have one end slotted in so that the individual flanks click when they hit the skin. Sounds trivial at first, but Stevie Moises has developed a special technique with which he saws into the tipper.
The additional core, which is built into some tippers, ensures a very precise impact and a slightly softened clicking noise.
Split tippers have a long history in bodhran playing and should not be missing from any tipper collection.
The special thing about brush or bristle tippers is that you can combine the "tsch" sound of the bristles with the touch of a normal wooden tipper.
So it is possible to create a basic rhythm of "tsch" sounds and still set surprisingly powerful accents that sound completely different from the brush sound.
Felt tippers deliver a muted, soft sound and put the skin sound completely in the foreground.