There are thousands of drum types
Why invent a new one?
In all times and in almost all cultures, drums and percussion instruments were used. In museums, orchestras and music groups you can experience the different types and it would take ages to get to know all these original and special drums.
The drum bodies are made of various materials: wood, ceramics, bone, plastic, composite material and metal. The drumheads are made of fur, leather, fish skin, reptile skin, paper and plastic. Drums are struck with soft and hard mallets, hands, feet or mechanical equipment. The instruments sound from almost inaudible to deafening loud. So why was a new instrument invented?
It was necessary!
Despite the tremendous number of different instruments, there are two issues that prevent large groups from experiencing drumming and movement together in a simple and enjoyable way:
1. Most drum types are ethnic drums. Their production is not industrialized. Therefore, these instruments are very different in sound and difficult to maintain. They react to changing humidity with big changes in the sound. They are expensive and difficult to store and transport, because their resonating bodies are large and they consist of a lot of "packaged air" and thus accommodate volume. In some cases, the drums also pose a risk of injury from splintering wood or screws. In any case, it requires a precise introduction before you can use these drums. Some cultures even demand a ritual "cleaning" before certain drums are even allowed to be touched. How do you meet all of these requirements when it comes to just drumming, dancing and enjoying for a while at a city festival, a sporting event or a trade show with lots of people?
2. The drums that are industrially produced are often bad and too loud in sound. They are, like ethnic drums, sometimes very voluminous. Few types of drums make it possible to move the body while playing. They are not usable for wheelchair users because they are not accessible and force the knees of the player too far away from the drum. In addition, these instruments are often too expensive to buy whole sets for bigger groups of participants.
The unique drumhead of the bOdrum
The drumhead is made of a strong and soft material and a coating of elastic nylon stretch. This makes the drums durable and very soft in sound. The sound is also nice and deep and is not only good to hear but also good to feel.
The internationally patented design
Everything was omitted, which is not necessary. No screws that can fall out or hurt someone. No expensive adapters or applications. Above all: a minimum space and volume requirement. The stand is designed so that it poses no risk of injury. Drumming in large groups of untrained participants or drumming in schools and also special needs schools is made possible with the bOdrum.
The award-winning design
Because of these facts, the bOdrum was also nominated for the Ispo Brandnew Award and presented with the other winners at the Ispo trade fair 2012 in Munich.