Brass head with mount; C key
One mount; tops with ferrules; detachable bass regulator top; hand forged keys
Hand sewn from leather.
Bottom part with two mounts; slides (top parts) wood with ferrule, and one mount.
There is a range of special features that are available for the instruments, some add to the functionality of the instrument, others are decorative.
To cut off air to the chanter - handy for tuning the drones.
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.
Extra Mounts and Ferrules
Double Bass Regulator
Wooden Chanter Head
Left Handed Sets
Pipes are made out of the following materials.
For the pipes, outlets, mainstock and bellows.
Imitation Ivory, or Boxwood
For the mounts.
For ferrules, bends, and key.
For the bag and bellow.
Chanter, drones, regulators and outlet
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.
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.
Bellows are made out of Papua New Guinea Rosewood or Meranti (from FSC-certified forests) with a boxwood valve.
Mounts are of boxwood. Other options, such as imitation ivory, a different, contrasting, wood, mammoth ivory, etc, can be ordered.
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.
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.
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.