All work is entirely handcrafted, with hand forged keys and hand rolled metalwork; tapered ferrules; tapered mount bores; reamed chanter caps to give the reed a little more room and provide a better seat for the swan neck; hammered crowns on bends; French polished hollow sycamore stocks; other time-consuming but worthwhile things…
Swan neck size can be specified for chanters, though I prefer them – especially on flat chanters – to be as large as possible to replicate direct tying in to the bag.
Many requirements can be accommodated, with some exceptions eg I don’t do Taylor style work.
I make chanters in Eb (wide bore) D (flat, and wide bore) C# and C (a design that allows conventional fingering, and older fingering) B, Bb, A and G (all based on Peter’s Coyne B, these are the tone machines but need some knowledge of how to play them which can’t easily be learned from playing a modern concert chanter).
Flat drones are based on Harrington, but tweaked for stability and ease of reeding. Concert drones are the sort which lend themselves to a full sound, with plenty of partials. The are very stable. Concert regulators are my own design, and narrow in bore so as to be quieter than the chanter. For flat sets I use an even smaller bore for the same reason.
Woods available are Madagascan ebony (running out), Indian ebony, African blackwood, some English damson and English box (split from logs, does not warp so you notice), lignum vitae (almost gone), palosanto. If there is a particular other wood you would like, I would do my best to source it for you if I agree it’s a reasonable choice. Mounts are English box, or other suitable timber; I also have some buffalo horn (dark in colour) and also am willing to use moose antler. Imitation ivory/horn etc is also available.
I usually use brass, but will gladly use sterling silver or nickel silver for special orders.
I stock bellows and bags by Laurence Thompson. Prices below are excluding bag and bellows which work out at around £300 from Laurence “amazingly airtight” Thompson. You are most welcome to supply me with Kelleher Trad bags and bellows.
Stop keys – I don’t offer them, as on a flat chanter they kill the tone. I could probably be talked into doing them on concert chanters, but you’d need to talk good.
Reeds – chanter and regulator reeds £60, drone reeds £20.
Chanters – £800 with wooden cap, 3 mounts. £600 with brass cap and self mounted.
Keys in brass are £60 except for high D and curly F which are £70. Nickel silver keys add £10 for the extra time to forge.
Drones – £1150 with hollow stock, cantilever drone switch, 2 mounted, cane reeds.
Tenor and Baritone Regulators – £850 ea
Bass Regulator – £1300
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries, I am open to anything interesting, like a contrabass drone / soprano drone / bass reg which only plays B and E etc. Two of the former have already been done, have a guess which is still to be heard…