Bags / Cases
When transporting your drum, this site offers a choice of 2 systems:-
Made from strong material, has the following design features:-
- It has a strong handle and backstrap, both of which have been well tested over these past 10 years .
- All the fittings are metal except the zip.
- The zip opens 3/4s of the circumference for easy access.
- it has the pocket internally for safekeeping of stuff, fastened at the top with a velcro strip.
- The bag has adequate padding, and will give the same protection as the heftier, without the weight.
- Designed with air travel in mind, the bag folds perfectly flat (see photo below) taking up 3/4" space. The idea is to lay the bag flat into your clothes case, lay the bodhrán skin-down on the bag, then pack your clothes around the bodhrán. Sticks are also packed elsewhere in the clothes case, away from the drum. Thus, when going through airports, you check it in, and have nothing to carry. Most people find this a brilliant feature, and utterly safe. No customs hassle with sticks or tools, which otherwise can be confiscated.
- A further feature, should you prefer to take it on board… It fits the regulation size for hand luggage, and can be used as a weekend bag. The cost is a very reasonable £10. The low cost does not sacrifice quality in any part.
The Hard Case V.2.0 (please see simpler older model still available below)
When travelling to music festivals, street playing or joining pub seisiúns is the norm. Seats are like gold-dust.
The Hard Case, as shown in the picture needs little explanation. It is ruggedly built and will offer full protection.
It is exactly ergonomic human seat height, which is highly important.
The lid contains a pulley system, which;
1) Acts as a stop for the swing of the lid.
2) As it is opened it raises the drum.
3) When closing, it lowers the drum gently.
4) It has a carrying handle, secure clasps and hinges. The cost is £80.
The next 10 photos are of The Hard Case V2.0:
This is the original design of my bodhrán boxes, which I have been using since the 1970s, and this design still lasts and has served for a seat for me in manys a seisiún, when seats were scarce. It is back in production and is priced at £80:
Original bodhrán box design circa early '80s, at the Belfast Folk Festival. Example of how useful this bodhrán box is for a seat during an "impromtu session". Gerry O'Connor (fiddle), Marcas Ó Murchú (flute) and Seamus O'Kane (bodhrán).