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The beater or drumstick used on a bodhrán1. Good ones are thin, 7-9 inches long and made from a dense hardwood such as rosewood, ipe, ebony or lignum vitae. Cheap ones (the kind you get with a new bodhran) are short, fat and so hard to play with that the average newbie gives up playing the bodhran and it becomes a wall hanging2.

1An Irish hand-held drum.2This is not entirely a bad thing, according to some fiddlers who opine that there are entirely too many bodhran players already.

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