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16" Deep Rim Tunable Bodhran

$294 $272
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2,500.00 Grams
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Product Description


The McNeela 16'' Deep-Rim Tuneable Bodhrán

This 16" Deep Rim Tuneable Bodhrán is by far the most popular bodhrán among our professional customersThe deep, 16" wide rim produces a remarkable tone and the tuning system allows for greater tonal control. It allows you to adapt the instrument to its surroundings.

Key Features of The McNeela 16'' Deep-Rim Tuneable Bodhrán

  • 6-point tuning system with Allen key included
  • T-Bar and arm cut out for extra playing comfort (T-bar is removable if preferred)
  • Carefully selected and treated goatskin
  • Taped to extend the harmonic range
  • Very responsive with a gorgeous tone
  • Comes with a bodhrán carrier bag plus pocket for beaters
  • Rim Depth approx 5" 


As an extra special bonus for a limited time only when you buy a tuneable bodhrán from us you will receive a thoroughly entertaining and informative 30 minute online step-by-step introduction to the basics of bodhrán playing by the bodhrán maker himself, Paraic McNeela. 

You’ll learn the up-beat, down-beat and the roll as well as jig-timing and reel-timing along with extra features such as how to get the most from your goatskin and an extensive introduction to the many beaters and tippers available; invaluable for any beginner player.

These lessons are exclusive to McNeela Instruments and will have you accompanying traditional Irish music sets with gusto in no time!

Your new deep rim tuneable bodhrán is made by Paraic McNeela, the Bodhrán Maker, with patience, passion, and precision so when you play it you'll hear that inimitable deep, mellow, resonating bass tone only achieved from a high quality crafted drum. Year after year, since 1979, Paraic has worked to improve this bodhrán, from the tone and the construction to the design and aesthetic, to create a professional bodhrán for today's discerning player. Being able to tune a bodhrán is a huge advantage for any serious player as the weather and humidity on this planet is unpredictable and natural goat skin reacts to humidity. Tuning will mean your bodhrán is not too high pitched or too soft when you play in a session. This bodhrán has a T-bar and arm cut out for even more playing comfort. The T-bar is removable if preferred. 

The 16" Deep Rim Tuneable Bodhrán comes with a free Bodhrán Gig Bag, perfect for carrying your bodhrán to sessions and gigs and Allen key, and is taped around the edges for a lower richer tone. 


Obviously, you've guessed it, the skin is the most important part. We've done blind tests here, and the results are staggering. Even non-bodhrán players can tell the difference a mile away. It's that obvious. There is a huge difference in sound between a properly made bodhrán and a badly made one. Hand-cured and stretched, properly conditioned and treated (without the use of chemicals) goatskin wins every single time. The curing of the skin has to be carried out with great care as done incorrectly it can destroy the skin. We use goatskin because of its sustain, meaning the beat carries on; it's a sound with heart. 


All of Paraic’s bodhráns come with taped skin to help achieve that distinctive bass sound. Inspired by drummers using E-rings on their drum kits to dampen the tone, Paraic found that taping the outer rim of the skin lowered the tone of the bodhrán and extended its harmonic range. In other words, it helps the bodhrán sound more like a musical instrument and ensures you'll always be welcome at a session! 

If you’re starting out with the bodhrán we recommend this great text tutor by esteemed bodhrán player, Peter Houlahan The Irish Drum - An Bodhrán

And if you really want to treat yourself or the bodhrán lover in your life, check out our brand new premium McNeela Bodhrán Gig Bag. Available in two very smart colourways, get them now while they’re still at a special introductory price.

 Key Points:

  • 14 day Money Back Guarantee from the day you receive the item.
  • 1 Year Guarantee
  • If purchased before 12 noon it is shipped the same day
  • 100% Refundable including Shipping (For any reason, just return it up to 14 days from when you receive the bodhran)


All orders placed before 12pm are shipped the same day.

IRELAND (Next Day)

UK (5 - 7 days)

EUROPE (7 days)

USA and CANADA (7 - 10 days)

REST OF WORLD (10 - 14 days)

Not sure which bodhrán is for you? Give Paraic a call and he'll be happy to advise. Mon - Fri 9am-5pm 087-2569 672

From outside Ireland +353 18322432

60 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - If you are not entirely satisfied with your bodhrán, you can return it and I will refund the full cost including PP.

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