G Border Damson

Border Pipes

In Britain the much louder highland pipes have dominated but we have our own pipes, one of which is the border pipes.  As the name suggests they were played in the England/Scotland borders but have recently had a renaissance.  There is little difference acoustically between the traditional French bagpipe and the border pipes and my instrument, though called border pipes, leans more towards the French tradition.  This is because I like the freedom of a chromatic scale and the extended range of the French system.

At present I am offering the instruments in G and D.  Both instruments go up into the second register as far as the forth with minimum drone disruption.  The reeds are plastic making the chanter and drones stable and reliable.  They are available both mouth and bellows blown.

I go to a lot of trouble to get the chanter dead in tune against the drones.  Well-tuned pipes are much easier to play than slightly out of tune pipes.  This is because the player is not trying to adjust the pitch of each note by changing bag pressure, consciously or unconsciously.  This also improves drone stability and register shift up and down the octave.

I use the traditional half closed system of fingering which is the best system for gracing.  On the G instrument cross-fingerings give the accidentals B♭, C♯, E♭, F♯, G♯ and top B♭.

I fit a black gortex lined calf skin bag as standard.  They remain airtight and never need dressing/seasoning.

The instruments are available in a variety of woods please ask.