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 secrets of Stevie Mosies our split stick are on the one hand, the slightly slanted slots that practically rotate around the tipper. This way, several wood fibres are cut at an angle. On the other hand, the head hole which makes sure that only the flanks are touching each other when clicking.
This design means that one of the four flanks is not simply printed in the centre of the tipper when the drumhead makes contact, but that the contact flank is guided at a slight angle to the neighbouring flank.
This creates a kind of row-around effect. Depending on how hard you play the tipper, fewer or more flanks are triggered.