This is a genuine Irish Bodhran made by Waltons of Ireland. The bodhran is one of Ireland's oldest instruments. Now in the 21st. century, with Irish music at last taking its rightful place on the world stage, Walton's continues to honor its commitment by producing an ever increasing range of top quality Irish music products. Here are some important points to consider when purchasing a bodhrán: Q. Which size bodhran should I buy? A. It depends on a few factors. If you're looking to play the bodhran and are just beginning, choose either 16 inch or 18 inch diameter bodhran. Anything smaller will not give you the range of sound or flexibility in playing. We carry smaller, 12-inch bodhrans which make excellent gifts for children, both plain or with your favorite Celtic design. Q. What about the bodhran strut, should it be a cross or a simple bar? A. A single strut is preferred due to the important fact that as you advance in playing the bodhran, you'll be using your hand against the inside of the bodhran to change the dynamics of the sound from the bodhran skin and you'll need freedom of movement as much as possible. Cross or X braces will get in the way of your playing, especially as you develop new techniques and styles so they should be avoided when purchasing a bodhran. As world famous bodhran player Peter Houlahan teaches in his book The Irish Drum, An Bodhrán, "limit yourself to the single strut, and make sure it is the correct distance from the skin." This bodhran is brand new, store inventory. In stock and ready for immediate shipment. Beater (tipper) and carrying box included.