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HotRod tippers are composed of several rods and have become very popular because of the powerful sound they can produce. This type of stick has been used for decades by kit drummers, and it didn't take long before it found its place in the wold of bodhrán playing.


And so it is with great pride that we present our newly developed HotRod bodhrán tippers:
The 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!

Cut and dismantled: A hedrod's inner workings

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. The basic materials we use for all models are top quality, hand selected wooden rods (beech/walnut/bamboo) 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.


What exactly can be adjusted by these rings? Hotrods provide the ability to change the subjective perception of material behavior during play. A Hotrod always feels a little "softer" than a tipper made of solid wood. This property can be changed in asurprisingly large range:

The front ring: this is used to set the "click behaviour" of the rods, the farther forward it sits, the less the rods move during impact, the typical clicking noise decreases. Of course it then follows that the click sound increases the further you move the ring towards the handle, because the rods have more freedom to move. Depending on the design of the rods, a sound similar to that produced by jazz brushes can be achieved.


The two rear rings: You can determine how solid the Hedrod feels by adjusting these. For example, if the front ring is at the very end of the HedRod and the two rear rings close to the handle, a very clear attack close to that of a solid tipper will be the result, however, it will still have the softer feel of a hodrod. The reason for this is that the rods can move considerably between the foremost O-ring and the top of the handle - this causes energyt o be dampened and you will feel a less attacking response. At the same time, less ‘unsprung mass’ hits the drum head and a lower bass volume is the result. In short, you can now adjust the movement by moving the rings.


Compared to other hotrod models on the market this additional rubber ring provides the ability to achieve a feeling that almost equals that of a solid wood tipper, because it is possible to make the full length of the HedRod almost completely immobile.


all prices incl. VAT







HRuni 30 g. 

Price: 40 €


The one-for-all 2-in-1 Tipper/Hotrod.  

All you need for a start. All you need for traveling. All you need for understatement ;)







HR 2 walnut 24 g. 


Attention: the HR2walnut is no longer available! The 2mm walnut rods produce a sensational sound, but unfortunately cannot develop their full potential with the HEDrod handle construction, as the handle area becomes a little too flexible and light. In order to achieve the optimum sound characteristics, we are now using these thin walnut rods in the optimised successor model, the incrHEDible jazzy!







HR 3 crisp - 28 g. Walnut dowels. Slightly rounded head shape for crisp overall sound with focus on higher frequencies. Parallel dowel positioning.


Price: 40 €






HR 3 bold - 30 g. Largely rounded head shape for bold and bassy overall sound with focus on lower frequencies. Parallel dowel positioning.


Price: 30 € 






HR 3 bamboo - 29 g. Each dowel is slightly rounded off. Bamboo sounds a bit more jazzy and crisp than beech. Parallel dowel positioning.


Price: 30 € 






HR 4 - 23 g. Very clicky and light HedRod. Twisted dowel positioning.


Price: 30 € 






HR 5 crisp - 25 g. Walnut dowels. Very powerful, lively and loud HedRod. Twisted dowel positioning.


Price: 30 € 






HR 5 bold  - 27 gr. Very powerful HedRod with focus on lower frequencies. Twisted dowel positioning.


Price: 30 € 




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.