Scottish Smallpipes

AS featured on STV's "The Riverside Show", 26th October 2015

Lindstruments' own Scottish Smallpipes - Information and Prices

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In order to fully support the Lindsay System Chanter, a set of four drones has been developed, and can be supplied in a range of forms. All drone sets are supplied with Pipe Dreams' "Eezedrone" reeds, and a hand stitched leather bag made by Jackie Boyce. The chanter and bellows are supplied separately - please enquire, or refer to the Lindsay System Chanter page on this site.

The drones are fully brass lined, top & bottom, providing a clear and stable tone. The tuning chamber is entirely formed from thin walled brass - it is my own belief, having played drones that use brass-only tuning chambers throughout my Smallpiping career, that this provides a very clear and resonant sound.

At this stage, the stocks and drone "sticks" are formed from plastic, which is hand finished inside and out - hand reamers for the bores, and careful hand polishing for the exterior. The plastic and processes used present a finish that many (including professional pipers) have commented is surprisingly close to wood - the production process used lends a "grain" to the material, and the painstaking hand finishing process gives a "glow" similar to that which you'd expect from a wood part.

The full set comprises four drones - Bass A, Baritone E, Tenor A, and Alto E. The inclusion of an alto E drone, in what is essentially an "A" Scottish Smallpipes set, is intended to provide a means to better support playing within the second register of the Lindsay System Chanter.

A set of four piston stops would usually be built into the main stock of the full set, to allow selection of different drones easily before or during a piece of music. 

Unless otherwise specified, the full set would also include a split stock system for both chanter and drones. For the drones in particular, a split stock is important to avoid having to clean out the piston stops in the event that seasoning is applied to the bag. For the chanter, the split stock will allow other chanters to be used with the set (including future Lindsay System chanters in other keys such as "D")

The full set is offered as bellows blown only.

The traditional set comprises three drones - Bass A, Baritone E, and Tenor A. This configuration is standard to support a traditional "A" Scottish Smallpipes chanter, and is perfectly adequate for the majority of the repertoire likely to be performed on the Lindsay System Chanter.

Unless specifically requested, the traditional set will be supplied without piston stops. Pegs will be provided to allow the player to plug the drones where necessary. The peg for the baritone drone in particular would be attached to that drone with a short decorative string for convenience, unless otherwise requested.

A split stock would only need to be provided for the traditional set, in the event that piston stops had been fitted. Otherwise, the main stock would be single piece. A split stock would nonetheless be provided for the chanter.

The traditional set can be either mouth or bellows blown. For mouth blown sets, a synthetic bag would be used unless otherwise requested.

The light set comprises two drones - Bass A, and Tenor A. This is intended to be convenient, portable, and appealing to pipers transitioning from the Highland Pipes. It is intended to be a mouth blown set only, and would be supplied without piston stops, or split stocksA synthetic bag would be used for this set, and a drying system can be included with these pipes to support the use of a cane chanter reed - more information about this is available directly.

All sets can be supplied in plain black, or black with ivory-coloured mounts. Other colour options are possible, ranging from a brown/tan combination, to black with single coloured mounts (ie. red or yellow) to full technicolour (as in the case of the final prototype set which was played on Scottish Television). Please get in touch directly if you'd like to discuss colour options.

Below is a price list covering the options listed above. Prices for bellows currently begin at £150 for our standard bellows. More detail, and different finishing options, can be given on application at this stage - a page dedicated to the bellows will be posted very shortly.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your particular requirements :

Lindsay Scottish Smallpipes - 2015/16 Price List :

Prices include drones, stocks, bag, eezedrone reeds, and blowstick or bellows feed assembly. For chanter and bellows prices, please enquire directly or see the Lindsay System Chanter page (bellows page will follow shortly 30/10/15).

Full Set

With four drones, and piston stops, in black/"ivory" plastic / brass - £650

Traditional Set

With three drones, in black/"ivory" plastic / brass - £500

With three drones, in plain black plastic / brass - £450

Light Set

With two drones, in plain black plastic / brass - £350

Sound Samples to illustrate some of the tuning options and configurations :