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Serious Bodhrán players, both the novice and professional alike, appreciate quality and versatility which is exactly what Mance Grady provides in his fine quality instruments and accessories at Ace Bodhráns.

Mance Grady starts with the MG Traditional Bodhrán, an excellent instrument in and of itself. Where does the versatility come in? Because you can later convert your MG Traditional Bodhrán into a tunable drum, besides alter or upgrade your Back Options or add artwork to further personalize your drum. See the full range of options, the widest selection in the world, right here.

(Please note: The following upgrades must be made by Mance at his workshop, so shipping charges apply. All options marked with an "*" must be determinded at the initial time of ordering.)

Options include:

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Check out Mance's own line of quality Student Model Bodhráns.



All professional quality Bodhráns have a final finish of several coats of polyurethane to provide additional protection.

Honey Gold
Hot Red
Royal Purple
specially treated to enhance the natural grain.
 Additional charge for these special finishes.Call for pricing.
Special finishes can only be chosen when first ordering your bodhrán. Once the skin is joined to the rim, the option to have a special finish is no longer available.
Would you like a custom color, contact us.
Student Model Bodhráns available in Maple only.

Skin Choices

"I prefer the sound and response of goat skin heads. As far as I'm concerned, if a maker is using skins from species not native to Ireland..he isn't making a bodhrán."

Some people prefer processed while others choose raw. Mance's choice is always quality – which is what he offers you in skin choices for your bodhrán. Skins are naturally unique. What is shown here is representative of that "type" of skin.


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raw (a)
Raw (a)
raw (b)
Raw (b)
...and to condition the skin, use Mance's Drum Skin Conditioner


Back Options:
Open Back • Fixed Padded Post • Professional Adjustable Bar • Mance Grady Slide Bar
We offer several options for the back of your bodhrán:

  • Open Back
  • Fixed Padded Post
  • Pro Adjustable Bar
  • MG Slide Bar

Call for pricing or if you have any questions.

Open Back

Fixed Padded Post
(shown with tunable system) Call for pricing.

When you order just the Pro Adj. Bar, it comes encased in comfortable neoprene rubber just like that used with the Fixed Padded Post above.



Professional Adjustable Bar - Threaded metal single rod (covered with a comfortable neoprene sleeve) that you can move closer to or farther from the skin, or place on a diagonal to the skin. Call for pricing.


You can see the Professional Adjustable bar shown below in conjunction with the Slide Bar.

Grady Slide Bar - Mance's own invention developed to help the player access tones quickly and enable you to have the option to maintain tremendous pressure on the skin to really capture those popping high tones everyone loves. (Professional Adjustable Bar included - call also be placed on a diagonal to the skin.)  Call for pricing.

Grady Tunable System - Maximum efficiency in an easy to use tunable option for your drum. Can be installed right away, or you can have it retro-fitted on your Grady drum at a later time. Call for pricing.

Utilizing the best U.S. steel for the tuning lugs with fine threads to accept the pressure from the skin and never flinch in its duty. (Mance will not use plastic, aluminum, brass or any cheaper materials.)

Not available for Student Model Bodhráns.

MG Smooth Comfort Edge
Another Grady first!

If you find the edge of the bodhrán feels uncomfortable while you're playing, try Mance's new "Comfort Edge" trim. Smooth and lightweight, just what you need for hours of comfortable playing.
Call for pricing.

Bodhran with Comfort Edge

Bodhran with Comfort Edge

MG Heavy Contour Comfort Edge
Another Grady first!

Here's a cool, textured edge which can be used on both the classic frame and frames with a cut-out.
Call for pricing.

- Whether intertwining Celtic knotwork, zoomorphical figures, ancient spirals, or your name, county - there are many ways to personalize your bodhran. See samples at the Bodhran Art Gallery. Prices start at $75.00

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