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High End Quality - Low End Price !


New from scratch
! With the CoreLine we present a classic bodhrán series with a fresh concept. Whilst the CoreLine has benefitted from the experiences of producing and constructing the LightLine and BasicLine drums, it is not a successor to either, but an entirely new drum.


Our aim is to deliver a top quality instrument in a wide range of sizes, providing the customer with great value for money.

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The new concept

In creating the CoreLine, we drew from the very core of our experience and competency in bodhrán making.


  • From the choice of material to the construction of the frame and the finish of the surfaces, all components and details are perfectly balanced. Our core values are attention to detail and great craftsmanship.
  • We use "EdlauerSelect" Premium Goatskin, which is produced and refined exclusively for Hedwitschak drums by a world leading skin manufacturer. The process is carried out in accordance with our special specifications, and each skin is purposeful selected for the various CoreLine models.
  • The multipoint tuning system works smoothly and allows for precise, quick and easy tuning. Thanks to the skilful shaping of the inner part of the tuning rim, the hand nestles naturally into place rendering the drum very comfortable to play.
  • The high quality of the CoreLine is emphasised by a classy black cherry veneer. With the intricate contours and the flush to the rim skin mounting, the design of the CoreLine bodhrán demonstrates simple elegance and timelessness. The CoreLine was launched 2012 and since then it was refined and optimized permanently.


Large variety and great flexibility:

The CoreLine bodhrán is available in seven different sizes plus an extra custom option in american nut wood.

Put all this together and you get a new drum series that sets the standards for an universal bodhrán.



The Details

  • 30, 35, 37, 40 und 45cm diameter.
  • "Edlauer Select" premium goat skin.
  • Each skin is purposeful selected for the various model. 
  • Skin mounting flush to outer frame.
  • Plain, timeless design.
  • Taped for more harmonic overall sound.
  • Frame construction:
  • Outer frame: Tube-bonded, cross-laminated beech plywood with sliced noble veneer exterior.
  • Inner frames: (tuning system) Shifted plywood made of layered laminated beech veneer.
  • Tool-less multi-point tuning system with open star tuners.
  • Tapered skin edge, universal shaped bearing edge.
  • 7 standard models in black cherry veneer.
  • 1 standard model with ChangeHED skin holding system in Makassar IDV.
  • Custom option available!
  • Small surcharge: Only 30 EUR to next larger standard model. 
  • For example: Nut wood 35 x 14cm = 320 EUR
  • (next larger standard model would have been the "bullet") 

A short demo video: :)

"Edlauer Select" premium goat drumhead


I am using drum skins made by Werner Edlauer exclusively for more than 15 years now. (The only exception is the Lambeg skin used for the RolfWagelsEdition).

He is also the man behind the DRAGONSkin and with no doubt he is one of the best skin makers worldwide. Together, we developed special drum skins for my bodhráns over the last few years. The new Edlauer Select Premium drum skins are made especially for the CoreLine series.

They are specially chosen goat skins and are produced in a unique way exclusively for Hedwitschak drums. I will then select the suitable skin areas for the given CoreLine model. Characteristics of the EdlauerSelect Premium skins are: Harmonious timbre, great flexibility, comfortable surface feel, easy reaction to the skin hand with effortless tonal modulation and stable tuning in almost any climate zone. 

A premium drum skin for an outstanding bodhrán series.

Standard Models


The 'Mini' model: 30x12cm 1000gr.

This is the smallest of the CoreLine drums! It joined the CoreLine family in the summer of 2020.


It’s built for kids who have outgrown or are too old for the startHED.


The 3-point tuning system provides a simple, practically flawless tuning method.


The MINI also makes for a reliable travel drum!

***The introductory price includes the MINI complete with a matching HEDbagMINI bag.***


Price: 290 EUR incl. VAT plus shipping



The 'Slim' model: 35 x 12 cm   1400 gr.

The smallest and lightest variant of the CoreLine family. :o)

Recommended for small people and players with short arms. And of course especially for children !


Price: 320 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p.


The 'Bullet' model: 35 x 15 cm   1600 gr.

By design the CoreLine with the most compressed sound.
Short-cut, precise and melodious sound character. Influenced by the MONss/MHTF bodhrán - 'modern' overall sound.

Recommended for players who prefere the qualities of 'small-and-deep' drums. And of course for musicians who would like to learn how to handle such drums and use their advantages.


Price: 330 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p


The 'Universal' model: 37 x 14 cm   1660 gr.

An absolute standard model.
Your are not very small or tall and just starting on the bodhran?
Or you are looking for an upgrade to your beginners drum?
Then the CoreLine 'Universal' is your choice! 

Price: 340 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p.


The 'Classic' model: 40 x 13 cm   1660 gr.

Large diameter, relatively flat rim: the CoreLine with the open, more 'traditional' sound.
By design more volume than the 'Universal' model. 

Special characteristics: usually with the dorsal line (spine of the animal) centric in the playing surface.


Price: 350 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p


The 'XL' model: 40 x 15 cm   1840 gr.

By design the CoreLine with the most volume.

Recommended for tall players and people with long arms.
Or for customers who just would like to get the most powerful CoreLine ;o)

Special characteristics: usually with the dorsal line (spine of the animal) centric in the playing surface.


Price: 360 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p


The 'Maxi' model: 45x13cm 2000gr.

The largest and therefore loudest CoreLine model.

This is also the model with the longest vibration time.

Just like the MINI, this model is a new addition that joined the CoreLine series in the summer of 2020.


For technical reasons, relatively thick skins with a centric spine line are used for this model.


The skin selection combined with the large diameter enable players to use special techniques that aren’t possible with the smaller CoreLine models. For example, this drum can produce a roaring, expressive bass that could otherwise only be produced by the TrHED . The sound can be described as very primal and earthy.

The CoreLine MAXI is an archaic drum with a modern design. A true king!


Price: 390 EUR incl. VAT plus shipping


The "black" model: 37 x 14 cm   1870 gr.

„Makassar Maron“ finish (IDV=italian designer veneer), dark stained tuning rim.

The CoreLine with ChangeHED skin holding system !

The CoreLine that develops as you develop and can be adapted as your skills grow:
Drum skins and tuning rims can be replaced and combined to match your requirements and preferences!

Please see note on ChangeHED options on bottom of this page.


Price: 370 EUR incl. VAT, plus p&p

Only in 2022! The anniversary model:


CoreLine20 37x14cm 1550 gr. 

***SOLD OUT***


The CoreLine20 is the most premium CoreLine ever!
On the occasion of the company's 20th anniversary "20 years of craftHED HEDwork", the CoreLine20 will be produced in 2022, and exclusively in this year (!).

Although the CoreLine is a mid-range drum from the basic idea, the CoreLine20 gets two high-end features

  • the ChangeHED head skin holding system, which allows you to change the drumhead and tuning rim later on according to your needs. The drum can therefore "grow" with you.
  •  a concave frame made of solid figured ash.

Concave frames are very popular because of their pleasant feel and noble appearance. This CoreLine20 frame is also structurally brushed and therefore gets a very special grip, a haptic experience!
The walnut color and the surface of natural oil and wax products round off the high quality of the frame perfectly.

The drumhead of the CoreLine20 is also something special
From the already high-quality CoreLine drumheads, the EdlauerSelect goatskins, the most visually beautiful and uniform are selected for the CoreLine20. This is what we call EdlauerSelect PRIME!

However, the crowning glory of the CoreLine20 is the price
This high-quality instrument, which is much more than "middle class", is available for an unbeatable 360 EUR incl. German VAT.

Availability depends on demand - only the CoreLine20 I can build in 2022 can be purchased!


  • concave frame completely made of solid figured ash
  • structure brushed and walnut colored stained
  • natural finish of oil and wax
  • ChangeHED skin holding system
  • EdlauerSelect PRIME drumhead, taped
  • Universal comfort tuning rim (without chamois leather overlay)
  • 37 cm diameter, 14 cm frame depth, ca. 1660 g
  • 360 EUR inkl. 19% VAT

Custom Option
***because of current work overload I do not offer custom designs for CoreLines at the moment***.

For a wee surcharge of only 30 EUR to the next larger standard model CoreLine nearly all frame depths from 12cm (with all three diameters) are available as a custom option. Special requests on skin thickness and spine position are taken, but only EDLAUER SELECT goat skin is used for the CoreLine series. REMO Skyntone synthetic heads (taped and sanded) are also available for another 20 EUR surcharge if you should prefer a non-animal-solution on the drum head.


The custom made CoreLines are supplied with an exterior noble veneer of american nut wood. 

Please just calculate a bit longer delivery time as the standard models.


Two pictures of an example nut wood 37 x 14cm CoreLine custom bodhrán are shown here:

CoreLine Custom


I can only maintain the low prices for our CoreLine bodhráns by manufacturing them in serial production and offering them with standard features.


Following the philosophy of the CoreLine, the CLblack comes with a standard comfort tuning rim and an EdlauerSelect skin.  I am sure these universal features will keep you happy for a long time. I consider it important to take the time to try out as many different drums as possible first to find out what your favourite sound and feel is, and to then get the combination of tuning rim and skin that’s best for you. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to start experimenting straight away. 

Take your time, play the CLblack as it is, give it time, see how the drum improves, and how your playing improves and changes. And then, once you know exactly what you like, get the skin and tuning rim you like. Usually, the delivery times for extra tuning rims and skins are very short – mostly not longer than 4 weeks.


So please don’t rush it - take your time.