Do your Northumbrian Pipes need some repairs or maintenance? Are they leaking, squeaking and misbehaving? Get in touch to discuss how I can help you get your Northumbrian Pipes back to top playing condition.
Northumbrian Smallpipes can suffer from neglect. If unused for some time joints may start to leak, reeds might harden and leather can become porous. Key pads might leak or even fall off. All of this means that they might be very difficult or impossible to play.
Accidents can happen too. Reeds might split or parts break, but fortunately most things can be repaired or replaced.
If you are having problems with your pipes I can examine them and let you know the work required to bring them back to play at their best.
Chanter reeds and drone reeds are individually made. Chanter reeds are made from Medir cane. Drone reeds can either be cane or composite (brass bodied with plastic tongues). Cane drone reeds, being an organic material, may need more maintenance in use depending on the playing environment and are best made specifically for a set of pipes.
Chanter Reeds – £35.
Cane Drone Reeds – £20 per reed.
Composite Drone Reed – £20 per reed
Do You Need New Bellows?
My Bellows are made from leather hand stitched onto curved wooden cheeks. The leather arm strap and friction buckle allows easy adjustment, and the laced hinge allows free and independent movement of each cheek. Fittings can be brass or silver plated with the air inlet fitting made from blackwood or imitation ivory. Waist Belts are leather and sized to fit.
I make Bellows in three sizes. The standard size work perfectly with Northumbrian Smallpipes in F and G. Medium Bellows provide a greater volume of air and are excellent with both F and G sets and also perfect for D sets and Scottish Smallpipes in A. My Large size Bellows are designed to deliver the volume of air required for Border Pipes.
All pipes are very efficient and the supple leather means they are easy to use.
Hand Stitched Bellows – Standard -£300, Medium – £350, Large – £400.
Has Your Bag Worn Out?
Stitched leather bags are available in a range of sizes. Each bag is made from specifically treated leather which is completely airtight without the need for seasoning. Bags can either be provided for you to fit or fitted for you.
New bags are £110 (unfitted) or £150 (fitted).
If you need any help or advice on Northumbrian Smallpipes repairs and maintenance please contact me on Kim@northumbrianpipes.co.uk
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