The 33 dowels provide a wide range of sounds: Depending on the position of the rubber ring, the sound range from “jazzy” to “smooth”! It also has a lot of “rebound” and can also produce “plop” sounds when closed! In the open position it sounds a lot like a jazz brush, and the further you close the hotrod, the fuller the sound gets.
The handle is a new development:
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.
- hand selected beech rods (3mm)
- Each beech stick is individually oiled and waxed.
- Parallel dowel positioning
- 31g, approxx. 24,5mm, 3m rods
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.
The above stated tipper lenghts may vary within a tolerance of several millimeters. Wood is a natural product that responds to atmospheric conditions which may affect length or playability. Also the depicted and actual woodgrain may vary.
Tipper with 2mm walnut dowels are not suitable for Rim-Clicks or even Rim-Shots!