Seeking bodhran advice from experienced players
Hi, I’m Kenneth. New member and first post, so "hi" again.
I recently took up the bodhran. My playing is coming along well, I think. That said, I have a number of questions about "the care and keeping" of the instrument, as I cannot keep it tune. I’m hoping that there are experienced players here who can guide me through this part of learning the instrument.
I have a tuneable instrument. I suspect it is not of particularly good quality as I bought it on-line and it appears to have been made in Pakistan (no offence to that fine country). I have done a lot of research on-line and have learned to use water and mink oil to keep it lubricated.
That said, the instrument changes pitch significantly during the time I play for even an hour. Even when I "tune" it all the way down to even removing the tuning screws, it always starts cold on an A higher than the traditional sound. With water I can drop it down to a D, which sounds about where it should be for this style of music. But as I said, it inevitably starts to rise in pitch again.
So, if anyone has some advice (or wants to scold me for what I’m doing wrong), I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks in advance for taking up your time reading this post.