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Northumbrian Smallpipes Information and FAQs



DEFINITION


an English bellows blown bagpipe with small cylindrical closed-end chanter, and 3 or 4 drones. Other variations include Northumbrian half long bagpipes. Probably developed from the French musette.

INTRODUCTION


The Northumbrian Smallpipes are probably the quietest of the Bagpipes, and have a closed chanter which basically plays one octave. The keys are used to extend the range. Smallpipes pitch is generally nearer F than the nominal key of G. We can not supply Northumbrian smallpipes in concert pitch G. If you can't cope with playing in F, then we would recommend a concert D set!

CHOOSING

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There is no practice set available for the Northumbrian pipes. Beginners can get a simple 3 drone set without keys, but the best option and most popular one is to get a regular 7 key set, and not use the drones until you are ready. If you buy a simple set, you will lose out on trading up, and the saving at the outset is not huge anyway.

Northumbrian Smallpipes

The Smallpipes are probably the quietest of the Bagpipes, and have a closed chanter which basically plays one octave. The keys are used to extend the range. Smallpipes pitch is generally nearer F than the nominal key of G. We can not supply Northumbrian smallpipes in concert pitch G. If you can't cope with playing in F, then we would recommend a concert D set!