Brush and Felt tippers
Brush and Felt Tippers
The special thing about brush or bristle tippers is that you can combine the "tsch" sound of the bristles with the touch of a normal wooden tipper.
So it is possible to create a basic rhythm of "tsch" sounds and still set surprisingly powerful accents that sound completely different from the brush sound.
Felt tippers deliver a muted, soft sound and put the skin sound completely in the foreground.
Brush tippers in all their variations are becoming increasingly popular. They enable a completely new sound in our bodhrán playing.
Of course, depending on the choice of brushes, they deliver a soft or jazz brush-like sound, which is excellent for slow pieces or songs.
But if you hit the skin with the transition between the brush and the wood you can produce a slightly louder sound, and if you hit the skin with the wood above the brush you get the full sound of a wooden tipper.
In this way, individual beats can be emphasised in a selective way.
The brush tippers by Stevie Moises are elaborately handmade. The sound is specifically influenced, among other things, by the correct width of the spread of the brush.
Felt tippers produce a very pure skin sound. They stimulate the head to vibrate without contributing much to the overall sound. This is why timpani sticks, for example, often have a felt top.
This makes them ideal for quieter pieces or song accompaniment.
They are also good for hearing the differences between the various drumheads or drum models.
Stevie Moises produces felt tippers with MoGrip or in the classic double-ended version.