Specifications

 

Standard specifications
- Chanter:two mounts, brass head with mount; C key
- Bag: hand-sewn, leather
- Drones: : bottom part with two mounts; slides (top parts) wood with ferrule and one mount

- Regulators: one mount; tops with ferrules; detachable bass regulator top; hand forged keys

 

Special orders

There is a range of special features that are available for the instruments, some add to the functionality of the instrument, others are decorative:

- additional keys on the chanter: F; G#; A#; D(3d) (the C key comes as standard as it is the only key that is used with some regularity in the traditional repertoire as the C in the 2nd octave cannot be obtained by cross fingering)

- wooden chanter head

- chanter stopkey (to cut off air to the chanter – handy for tuning the drones)

- extra mounts and ferrules

- left-handed sets

- double bass regulator

- other weird and wonderful contraptions one could think of

 

Materials
Pipes are made out of the following materials:
- wood: for the pipes, outlets, mainstock, and bellows
- metal: for ferrules, bends, and keys
- imitation ivory or Boxwood: for the mounts
- leather: for the bag and bellows

 

Chanter, drones, regulators and outlets


These are made out of stable and dense hardwoods. At the moment the following species are available:

 

- African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) The best-known wood for pipes and other musical instruments from a FSC-certified community forestry project in Tanzania. Hard and dense, with a colour that ranges from dark-brown to black.

 

- English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)) A native hardwood traditionally used for woodwinds. A hard and dense species with a slightly milder tone than blackwood. The colour is pale yellow with occasional light brown stripes. This timber is usually stained to a light brown colour.

 

- Coracao de negro (Swartzia benthamiana) – from FSC certified forests.
A hard and dense species from Brazil. It has a reddish-brown colour when freshly sawn, that quickly darkens to black-brown with occasionally a purple shade.

 

Mainstock
The mainstock is usually out of a suitable stable timber that is available in thicker dimensions such as Cumaru (from FSC-certified forests) from Brazil or Planchonia from Papua New Guinea.

 

Bellows
Bellows are made out of Papua New Guinea Rosewood or Meranti (from FSC-certified forests) with a boxwood valve.

 

Metals
The metal that I normally use is brass. Other metals such as nickel-silver, silver, and nickel or silver plating can be ordered. All the keys are hand forged.

 

Mounts
Mounts are of boxwood. Other options, such as imitation ivory, a different, contrasting, wood, mammoth ivory, etc, can be ordered.

 

Bags
Bags are handsewn, leather