Someday I hope to own a real bodhran and learn to "play" (beat) it. This is a small bodhran and while it can be beat it is more for decorative purposes because it is not full size. On our first trip to Ireland we were able to visit the Tipperary Crystal factory and purchase this little decanter. The little wooden plate was made by my hubby. Ireland is such a wonderful place to visit . . hope to go again before too long!!