Whistle and drum have got the probably last two Light Line 1.0 Bodhrans by Christian Hedwitschak available worldwide. http://www.whistleanddrum.com/hedwitschak-light-line-bodhrans-1
This is a very good bodhran for beginners and will also fill the needs of intermediate players so you will have a couple of years of fun with it. The Light Line combines a great finish (Christian Hedwitschak is a trained master cabinet-maker turned bodhranmaker), a good sound, an easy to use tuning system and a flexible, German-cured goatskin head with a highly competitive price (that's why the series has been discontinued). Some of the best Bodhran-players play Christian's instruments, including Eamon Murray (Beoga), Rolf Wagels (Cara) and Martin O'Neill, who have their own signature series made by Christian.
So do your husband and neighbours a favour and buy something decent!