Also sometimes called Lowland or Reel Pipes, Border Pipes have been increasing in popularity with Scottish pipers looking to play in pubs and sessions with other musicians. My Border Pipes have a nice easy pressure, and are slightly louder than uilleann pipe volume, but not too loud for playing with fiddles. Along with being tuned in A-440, the Border chanter’s ability to “cross-finger” notes including Fnat, E flat and Cnat make it ideal for folk band work.
My Border chanter is driven by a cane reed designed to bring out it’s crisp tone, as you can hear here.
Drone configuration is typically Alto/Tenor/Bass, but can be anything else you might require — Tenor/Tenor/Bass, Tenor/Bartitone/Bass, etc. I also offer a four drone set of Border pipes.
Drones can be set up with cane or synthetic reeds.
The chanter top uses a split stock with reed protection standard on all sets. This makes storing the set away easier, since the chanter can be removed from the bag without damaging the reed. It also makes it possible to plug the Border chanter in with our Smallpipes, which is handy if traveling with just one set. And the reverse, playing a Smallpipe chanter with Border Drones is also becoming more popular, which has now given rise to the Four Drone Border Pipe Set (allowing both A and D Smallpipe chanters to play with Border Drones, very fun for “drone heads”).