Flemish pipes

Flemish Pipes

This type of bagpipe first appears in the 15th century in Europe.  It has a good loud bright sound and hence is depicted in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries being used at dances and weddings etc.  In northern Europe the tradition of making and playing these pipes has not been lost and they are central to the traditional music and dances of the Berry region of France.

At present I am only 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 Bb, C#, Eb, F#, G# and top Bb.

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.