Lindsay System Scottish Smallpipes v3.5


AS featured on Scottish TV's "Live at Five", 24th January 2018. The Lindsay System Smallpipes are an innovative new design of pipes, featuring a keyless, extended range Scottish Smallpipe chanter with a range of almost three octaves.

Manufacturing begins immediately on receipt of your order. Time from placement of order to dispatch of your pipes is currently three months (updated December 11th 2018).

About the Lindsay System Scottish Smallpipes :

In order to fully support the Lindsay System Chanter, a set of four drones has been developed, along the lines of those usually provided for the now-traditional "combination" sets of A/D Scottish smallpipes.

The drone pitches are as follows - Bass A/B, Baritone D/E, Tenor A/B and Alto D/E. The inclusion of an alto D/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, as well as improved drone support for playing in the keys of D and G.

All pipe sets are supplied with Pipe Dreams' "Eezedrone" reeds, a cane chanter reed, and a canmore hybrid bag. Main stock and blowpipe stock do not need to be "tied in" in the traditional fashion, being instead equipped with a robust and easy to use screw-threaded clamping system (see pictures).

Any replacement Canmore pipe bags purchased through Lindstruments will arrive pre-cut with holes precisely sized to match the requirements of your pipes' screw-threaded clamps. Bags can be large, medium or small as required.

The drones are currently fully brass lined, top & bottom, providing a clear and stable tone. The tuning chamber of each drone 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.

The entire set uses o-rings, embedded in precisely sized dovetail grooves, to provide airtightness. Drone stock tenons are screw-threaded to avoid slippage while tuning, while the tuning slide joints are still hemped in the traditional way, to allow the player to easily hemp the slide to their preferred firmness. 

Four decorative end caps hang on short hand twisted cords from the drones. These have an o-ring embedded into their circumference, which fits into a groove around the top of each drone. A second o-ring on the drone end ensures a double seal when the drone is not in use.

Pictured bellows are Lindstruments' own. As of September 2018, Lindsay System smallpipes now come equipped as standard with a set of bellows made by Niall Kelleher. Bellows come in large "Uilleann" size or 3/4 "smallpipe" size. 

Lindstruments' smallpipes come as standard with a teal velvet bag cover made to measure by Debbie Covers and Crafts of Glasgow. The bag cover is edged with a patterned gold-coloured trim, and drone cords are coloured to match the set. Alternative materials and colours are available on request.

Please note : shipping will be arranged by courier once your pipes are ready, and you can make payment for it at that point. The cost is likely to be in the region £150 to £200 stg, depending on where you will need the pipes shipped to.

For more information about the chanter and its capabilities, including video and audio, please click here or select "Chanter Information" from the menu.

Lindstruments has become well known within the Scottish piping and traditional music community, and beyond, for our use of new and innovative materials and manufacturing processes. We'd encourage anyone interested, to read more about this aspect of our work here.

A weekly live workshop now takes place via facebook, covering technique and repertoire for these pipes, and including the opportunity for a live Q & A ; if you'd like to take part, send a join request to the facebook group "Lindsay System Chanter" to view and participate in these workshops.