Stevie Moises MoGrip: JazzMo and RockMo
Stevie Moises about his MoGrip:
"For several years, a new way of holding the tipper has found its way into the bodhrán scene: the so-called “baby grip”. While the best known player using this style is Martin O´Neill, other famous players like J.J. Kelly and Cormac Byrne also use this or a similar style of holding the tipper. Inspired by this innovation, and because I also started adapting this style of playing the bodhrán, I designed a tipper grip that is optimized specifically for this playing style: The MoGrip! I’ve also found it very important to make the “MoGrip” suitable for all other playing styles as well. To achieve this, I changed the originally slightly round grip to a cylindrical form, allowing you to hold it in any desired way."
Stevie Moises produces exclusively for bodhran-info two signature models of the JazzMo and the RockMo series: The grip is made of yew tree, which makes the hotrod a bit lighter than the standard models, which suits my playing. To make it fit to the RWE, it has a red rubber band.
Stevie Moises HedRods
"What is the difference between the HedRods and other models?"
Starting from scratch, we have questioned and optimised every single detail of construction and have emerged with a variety of tippers that provide the player with different sound variations but have the same structure. Therefore, all HedRods have a similar feel, and the changing from one to another requires less effort yet achieves a totally different sound. It is importantly a product which is suitable for all common playing styles and grips without limitations.
The name says it all!
The way in which the model name works is as follows: HR refers to HedRod, the subsequent digit refers to the diameter of the rods in millimetres and and the final designation refers to the shape of the head, a critical detail to the desired sound.
The length of the HedRods is approximately 24.5 cm. Special designs are available at www.tippermaker.eu!
In order to facilitate every playing/grip style, we wanted to create a grip which offers controlled handling without limiting the player to a certain playing technique, no matter if it is held in the middle, at 2/3 of its length or close to the end.
We achieved this with the Precision Control Grip: This consists of a thin net under aspecial shrink tube which provides comfortable support, it is unobtrusive and nonrestrictive. Two adjustable rubber rings on the handle can be positioned individually to serve either as a quick positioning of the handle point, or as a grip area boundary.
The position and length of the grip area is deliberate and was found in terms of playability, sound and comfort as "just right". This area is also glued so that the rods can never slip orchange position. Because only the attack sound, rather than the typical hotrod sound is heard when playing double ended triplets with the upper end of the tipper, we decided that the HedRod should be unidirectional. Therefore the upper end of the tipper is solidly constructed regarding to the attack sound.
The basic materials we use for all models are top quality, hand selected beech rods indifferent diameters and bamboo sticks.
Each beech stick is individually oiled and waxed. The bamboo sticks are left natural.
The arrangement of the rods depends on the model and is either parallel to the axis of the tipper or slightly twisted in order to achieve a different click behaviour.
3-O-Ring-Setting: Compared to other hotrods, the HedRods have an additional rubber ring. This provides much more flexibility in the adjustment of the handling and has direct influence on the sound.
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