Northumbrian Smallpipes Tutor

John Liestman's Tutor is now available as a PDF download - in return for a donation of at least 12 GBP to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Please contact us if you require more information, or for download instructions if you have already made your donation to the charity.

Playing and Maintenance

Materials

Our Northumbrian sets are usually made in African Blackwood. Mounts can be in a variety of materials, including artificial ivory, boxwood, blackwood and natural black buffalo horn. Metalwork is brass. Keys are in brass, and the springs are made from nickel silver. Silver plating is available as an optional extra.

African Blackwood is also the norm for our Scottish Smallpipes, but other woods may be available to special order. Mounts (where applicable) and metalwork as for Northumbrian Smallpipes.

Bags are stitched black cowhide, with velvet or "moleskin" (brushed cotton) fabric covers in a choice of popular colours.

Bellows are made from a double laminated layer of black leather, hand-stitched to hardwood cheeks, using locally sourced, and/or recycled timber where possible.

Chanter reeds are cane, giving an excellent tone and with a long life expectancy as they are not exposed to the moisture you would find in a mouth blown set.
Drone reeds are brass bodied, with plastic tongues, giving stability and a good tone.

The plug-in, or 'split' stock system (included with our sets) allows you to change chanters and drones easily, without risking damage to the reeds, which are totally enclosed in a removable stock.
You can use Northumbrian and Scottish Smallpipe drones and chanters with one another, for example, a Scottish Smallpipe chanter in 'C' played against Northumbrian 'F' drones - a low cost way of extending the scope of your playing without having to buy a complete new set of pipes.

See our YouTube channel.

Richard & Anita Evans

Makers of Northumbrian and Scottish Smallpipes