Bellows for Scottish Smallpipes
The bellows are the engine of a set of Smallpipes, and it is important that a good set of bellows provides plenty of air, and is comfortable to use with a smooth and steady action.
Lindstruments bellows are based around a "gusset clamp" design, by which the leather edge is clamped firmly between two layers of wood, and compressed by 25 solid brass interscrews. Combined with a hand laminated two-ply leather gusset, this clamped design provides a bellows that is highly airtight, and very robust. The leather gusset gives a draw of eleven inches at full extent, providing enough wind to drive any set of bellows pipes with ease and comfort.
The brass bolts provide a very attractive feature, and can be provided with single slotted heads (pictured) on both ends, or with blind unslotted heads on the front faces if preferred.
The bellows hinge is constructed from two-ply leather, also clamped between two layers of wood, giving an action that is firm but flexible.
At the present time, Lindstruments' bellows are constructed from good quality plywood, which is hand finished with three coats of finishing oil. If desired, the ply can also be hand stained in any one of a variety of shades or colours. The plywood cheeks are etched as standard with one of Lindstruments' own designs. There are a range of designs available, please enquire for options, or to discuss custom engraving (an additional quote will need to be provided if the customer's own design is to be etched).
Orders placed for bellows via this page can currently be fulfilled within two months (expect delivery during January 2016), and the price would cover a plywood & leather bellows, with your choice of finish. You'll receive an email after ordering, at which point you can specify finishing options. If you'd prefer hardwood bellows, would like padding, custom engraving, or have any other special requirements then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the options and request a quote.