A well cared-for bodhrán will last for many years. Most bodhráns are made with goat skin, which is quite sensitive to humidity
If the weather is hot and/or dry then the skin can shrink and tighten, resulting in a high, ‘pingy’ tone. If the
weather is humid then the skin can sag, resulting in a low, ‘boomy’ tone.
Since we need something in between, adjustments to the skin are sometimes required. The standard way to soften a dry drum is
to apply moisture (usually water), which loosens the skin and deepens the tone. Be careful as only a certain amount of water will
be needed to see results, apply using a cloth or sponge.
Alternatively, when the weather is damp, heating/drying may be
necessary, and this can be done by placing it near (but not too near!) a heater or using a hair dryer.
To take of your skin over time you may need to moisturise the skin occasionally with natural oils or a conditioning cream you can
buy for Bodhrans specifically.