Alan's Bagpipe Collection


Bagpipes Types



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Scotland



piob mohr Piob Mohr or Great Highland Bagpipe - mouth-blown with a conical-bore chanter with cane double-reed in the key of Bb, and with one cylindrical-bore, single-reed bass and two cylindrical-bored, single-reed tenor drones tuned to the chanter's key note. Made of African blackwood with ivory mounts by R. G. Hardie of Glasgow, Scotland, ca. 1963. Silk cords are "salt and pepper" colored. L & M elk hide bag is covered in black velvet with silver fringe.
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Border pipes Scottish border pipe, or Lowland pipe - bellows-blown in the key of A with a double-reed, conical-bore chanter and cylindrical-bored, single-reeds bass, tenor (both tuned to A) and treble (tuned to E) drones; drones are mounted in a common stock. Made of African blackwood with brass and imitation ivory mounts by Alan. Chanter by Colin Ross of Monkseaton, Northumberland, bellows by Hamish Moore of Scotland. The cowhide bag, by Alan, is covered with a "Shepherd Check" woolen bagcover trimmed with black wool fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA. Special to this bagpipe are the "in the lap" arraingement of the drones and also the drone cut-off lever - common features found on Irish uilleann pipes, but less typical to that of Scottish Lowland and Northumbrian border pipes.

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England


Oxford pipe Oxford, or "Home Counties" bagpipe - in the key of A with a double-reed conical-bore chanter, and single-reed, octave and fifth-tuned, cylindrical-bore "trumpet bell" drones. Made of mountain mahogany with water buffalo and cowhorn mounts by Alan, after a design by Bob Thomas. Bag is of cowhide and drone cords are black silk.
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Lancashire pipe Lancashire, or "North Counties" bagpipe - in the key of G with a double-reed, conical-bore chanter and single-reed, octave and fifth-tuned, cylindrical-bore drones. An interesting feature of this pipe is the "backward-tuning" of the drones. The smaller "chair leg" shaped drone is tuned an octave below the keynote, while the "trumpet bell" larger drone is tuned a fifth below the smaller drone. Made of mountain mahogany with imitation ivory, water buffalo and cow horn mounts by Alan after a design by Bob Thomas. The bag is of cowhide, covered with a wool 'Shepherd Check' bagcover trimmed with white cotten fringe made by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA. Drone cords are black silk.
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Sweden


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sackpipa Swedish säckpipa of the Dalarna region. This set, modeled after the original Leif Eriksson recreation, comes with two interchangeable, single cane-reed, cylindrical-bore chanters. The shorter chanter (shown) has a one octave range from (e - e') with the keynote of (a) in the middle. Its scale is basically A-minor with raised 6th and 7th steps. The lowest hole produces a leading (d) note when covered. This chanter also has a lower (right hand) thumb hole which plays a g-natural when uncovered. The longer, alternate chanter (not shown) has a one-octave range of (d - d') and can play in D and G major scales (g-note in the middle). The lowest hole gives a leading tone of c-natural when covered. The two-piece tunable, cylindrical-bore, cane-reed drone with two lateral tuning holes can be tuned to the 'A' chanter's dominate (e) or leading note (d) with the 1st lateral hole plugged. Or, it can tuned to that of the 'G' chanter's (d), or leading (c) tone (with the 1st hole plugged).
Note: This instrument is currently for sale - see Alan's Bargain Basement - Used Instruments For Sale for details.

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Belgium


Flemish doedelzak, Breughelian moezelzak, or pijpzak of Brabant - in the key of G with conical-bore, double-reed chanter, and cylindrical-bored, single-reeded bass and combination tenor (G) / baritone (D) drones. The shorter (baritone) drone has a vent hole with removable plug enabling an octave (tenor) tuning. Made of cherry with imitation tortois shell mounts by Alan.
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Holland


Doedelzak Dutch lage landen doedelzak - in the key of D/G with conical-bore, double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bore, single-reed bass and baritone/tenor drones mounted in a common stock. The three-section baritone drone (as shown) can be converted to a tenor (octave D) drone by removing the middle section. The 1-1/2 octave range chanter plays a chromatic scale and has a lower thumb hole for playing a flatted third (F) in both octaves. Made of Rosepallisander with carved Armenian designs, and mounted in imitation tortois shell and water buffalo horn, with a cowhide bag by Frans Hattink of Friesland (Holland). To see a detail of the drone stock with carved peacock, click here.
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France

Note: All of the below French "musette" bagpipes play a 1-1/2 octave chromatic scale.

Bechonnet Musette Bechonnet (Bas Auvergne/Sud Bourbonnnais) - 16 pouces (chanter length) in the keys of G/C with conical-bore double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bore single-reed treble, tenor and bass drones tuned to G. Made of ebony with imt. ivory mounts by Casey Burns of Kingston, WA. Chanter by Bernard Blanc of Lapalisse, France. Bag and blowpipe (coverted to mouthblown) by Alan. Tapistry bagcover with black fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA. Boîtier(headstock) ivory scrimshaw of "Chanticler" by Karen Cormac of Seattle, WA. You can see a detail of the Boîtier here.
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14 pcs Musette du Centre (Berry/Bourbonnais/Nevers/Morvan) - 14 pouces (chanter length) in the keys of A/D with double-reed conical-bore chanter and cylindrical-bored, single-reed, octave-tuned 'A' tenor and bass drones. Made of mountain mahogany with imt. ivory and water buffalo horn mounts and cowhide bag by Alan. Boxwood chanter with horn mounts by Bernard Blanc of Lapalisse, France. Tapistry bagcover with burgandy fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA.
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20 pcs Musette du Centre (Berry/Bourbonnais/Nevers/Morvan) - 20 pouces (chanter length) in the keys of D/G with conical-bore, double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bored, octave-tuned, singele-reed 'D' tenor and bass drones. Made of cormier (service tree) and boxwood, with tin-inlay decorations by Bernard Blanc of Lapalisse, France. Tapistry bagcover with gold fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA.
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23 pcs Musette du Centre (Berry/Bourbonnais/Nevers/Morvan) - 23 pouces (chanter length) in the keys of C/F with conical-bore, double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bored, single-reed, octave-tuned 'C' tenor and bass drones. Made of cormier with tin-inlay decorations by Bernard Jacquemin of Semur-en-Auxois, France.
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26 pcs Musette du Centre (Berry/Bourbonnais/Nevers/Morvan) - 26 pouces (chanter length) in the keys of A/D with conical-bore, double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bored, singel-reed, octave-tuned 'A' tenor and bass drones. Note: This bagpipe sounds a full octave lower in pitch than the 14 pouces musette descibed above. Made of cormier with cowhorn and resin mounts, and decorated with "Sautivet"-style engraving by Bernard Blanc of Lapalisse, France.
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Occitan


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cabrette Cabrette d'Auvergne - with four interchangable pieds (chanter/drone combinations). The 35 centemeter pied (shown) in keys of A/D has a conical-bore, double-reed chanter and a conical-bore, double-reed drone made of blackwood and mounted in imitation ivory, bone, and silver wire by Bernard Blanc of Lapalisse, France. The 39 cm pied (shown) in the keys of G/C has a conical-bore, double-reed chanter and cylindrical-bore drone made of blackwood and mounted in imt. ivory and nickel-silver by Lucien Destannes of Aurillac, France. The 44 cm pied (not shown) in the keys of F/Bb has a conical-bore, double-reed chanter and "dummy" (un-bored) drone made of blackwood and mounted in imt. ivory and nickel-silver by Joseph Ruols of Clermont-Ferrand, France. The 47 cm pied (not shown) in the keys of E/A with conical-bore, double-reed chanter and "dummy" drone is made of "amourette" and mounted in imt. ivory and nickel-silver, also by Joseph Ruols. La tête (headstock), "Miss Liberty", is sculpted in ivory by Michael Hubbert of Boonville, CA. Le soufflet (bellows), is by Bernard Desblancs of the Conservatoire Occitan, Toulouse, France. The bag and blowpipe stock is by Alan. Cut-velvet bagcover with silver fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA.

Boha Boha or cornemuse landaise (Gascogne) - with cylindrical-bored, singel-reeds pied (chanter/drone) in the key of A. Made of boxwood with tin-inlay decorations by Bernard Desblancs of the Conservatoire Occitan, Toulouse, France. The bag is a tanned goatskin.
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Galicia (Spain)


gaita Gaita galega - in the key of C with conical-bore, double-reed punteiro (chanter) and cylindrical-bored, single-reed, octave-tuned ronco (bass), ronqueta (tenor), and conical-bore, fifth-tuned chión (treble) drones. This set also contains alternate Bb and D chanters, and a Bb bass drone section (not shown). Made of apricot with cowhorn and ivory mounts by Brian Steeger, of San Juan Bautista, CA. Red wool bagcover with gold fringe by Sandra Woodard of Campbell, CA.
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