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The Scottish smallpipe is a quiet but vibrant chamber instrument meant for playing indoors. Scottish smallpipes are made in concert pitch so that they will be in tune with other instruments. They are also quite fun to play as a solo instrument.
Traditional Scottish smallpipes were re-discovered in the 1980s, and were blown using a bellows. However, there can be a long learning curve to developing expertise with the bellows, so pipemakers created mouthblown Scottish smallpipes.
The fingering for the Scottish smallpipe is the same as for the Highland pipe.
If you’re looking to get into the Scottish smallpipe sound, you can’t do better than John Walsh’s mouthblown sets, the A-2000 or the D-2000. All sets listed here are always in stock.
John’s smallpipes are vibrant, steady, in tune, and pretty much maintenance-free.
They come with the classic Scottish smallpipe drone configuration: bass drone, tenor drone, and a baritone drone that tunes to E mid-way between the bass and tenor. This makes for a rich and captivating sound.
$785.00A-2000, Polypenco Scottish SmallpipeView Product
The polypenco A-2000 is in the key of A, with finger spacing very close to a long practice chanter. The ferrules are brass. You will be asked to specify a bag cover in black, blue, burgundy.
$1,355.00A-2000, South American Bloodwood Scottish Smallpipe, in stockView Product
John Walsh Scottish Smallpipes are also available in eco-friendly and beautiful South American Bloodwood. Although the polypenco sets are very vibrant, the hardwood sets do display a slightly richer sound and are also a visual treat. The ferrules are nickel. You will be asked to specify a bag cover in black, blue or burgundy.
$775.00D-2000, Polypenco Scottish Smallpipe, in stockView Product
The polypenco D-2000 is in the higher key of D. The higher pitch of the D-2000 is very bright and sweet, but the finger spacing can be quite tight for some pipers. The ferrules are brass. You will be asked to specify a bag cover in black, blue or burgundy.