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John Walsh Bagpipes
A native of Yorkshire, England, John Walsh immigrated to Canada as an engineer in 1980. He is a superb soloist and bandsman with a keen ear for sound, and a long tradition of playing in top-flight pipe bands.  

He was Pipe Sergeant of the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto when they won the World Championship in 1987. More recently, he has played with House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead, winning the World’s with this storied band in 2005.

John’s forays into pipemaking began when he developed the very popular ‘Shuttle Pipe’ smallpipes some years ago. As he honed his craft he added mouthblown smallpipes, practice chanters and pipe chanters to the mix, and his instruments gained a world-wide following.

John Walsh with House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band

Now living with his family in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, John has developed a Highland pipe that is true to his remarkable ability to create superbly manufactured instruments with great tone at a very affordable price.

This collection of instruments has propelled John Walsh to the forefront of the world’s pipemakers and the reputation he now enjoys as a craftsman equals his renown as a musician.




Recorded from the front:
Hear "Caller Herrin" played on a set of Walsh drones with a Walsh polypenco chanter.

Recorded from behind:
Hear  "Caller Herrin" played on a set of Walsh drones with a Walsh polypenco chanter.


All blackwood pipes are provided with a non-gloss, hand-rubbed oil finish.


JWB: Nickel, Blackwood

 
John Walsh three-quarters stainless
JWB with blackwood projecting mounts

This combed blackwood bagpipe features imitation ivory projecting mounts and bushes, beaded nickel ferrules and ring caps and nickel slides. An excellent starter instrument, it comes with a polypenco pipe chanter, a Ross zip bag and watertrap, Canning drone reeds, deluxe bag cover and silk cords. This set can also be ordered with African blackwood projecting mounts (pictured) or imitation horn.

Sticks and stocks only: Cdn $1250

Set up to play with Ross zipper bag, poly chanter, Canning or Kinnaird drone reeds, bag cover, cords: CAD $1795

JWSTE: Engraved Nickel, Imtation Ivory



Take the JWB, above, and add machine-engraving to the nickel. For engraving patterns, click here.

Cdn $1655

Set up to play with Ross zipper bag, poly chanter, Canning or Kinnaird drone reeds, bag cover, cords: CAD $2195

HSP: Plain Silver, Imitation Ivory



The added ‘sheen’ of plain Sterling silver over lesser metals is worth the added price. These pipes have imitation ivory projecting mounts and plain silver ferrules, ring caps and slides. The ring caps and ferrules are beaded and the drone ferrules are closed at the bottom. There is an imitation ivory mouthpiece bulb and plain silver mouthpiece sleeve. His instrument comes with a blackwood pipe chanter, a Ross zip bag and a watertrap, Canning drone reeds, deluxe bag cover and silk cords.

Sticks and stocks only: price on request due to changing price of silver

FSP: Full Plain Silver

Plain silver mounts
Plain Sterling silver mounts for the Walsh full plain sil


Add plain silver projecting mounts to the plain half-silvers above for a bagpipe that is all blackwood and Sterling silver. One of the advantages of silver over nickel or stainless steel is that it keeps a pristine shine forever with just a light rub from a silver polishing cloth every few weeks.

Prices on request due to changing price of silver

 

 

FSE: Engraved Silver, Imitation Ivory
Half-silvers' from John Walsh Bagpipes.

These classic half-silvers have imitation ivory projecting mounts, engraved silver slides, ferrules and ring caps. Ring caps and ferrules are beaded and the drone ferrules are closed at the bottom.  There is an imitation ivory mouthpiece bulb and engraved silver mouthpiece sleeve. This instrument comes with a blackwood pipe chanter, a Ross zip bag and a watertrap, Canning drone reeds, deluxe bag cover and silk cords.

Prices on request due to changing price of silver
For silver patterns, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FSE: Engraved Full Silver


Walsh full engraved silver, Celtic
Engraved full sillvers from John Walsh Bagpipes.
This is a very high-end bagpipe, both in manufacturing and tonal quality, and the price can’t be beat. Projecting mounts, ferrules, ring caps and slides are engraved Sterling silver. The ring caps and ferrules are beaded and the drone ferrules are closed at the bottom.  There is an engraved silver mouthpiece bulb. This instrument comes with a blackwood pipe chanter, a Ross zip bag and a watertrap, Canning drone reeds, deluxe bag cover and silk cords.

Prices on request due to changing price of silver
For silver patterns, click here.

 

John Walsh Bagpipes also manufactures a suberb line of practice chanters
which you will find on the appropriate pages in this website
.