This is a set of Northumbrian small pipes made by Ray Sloan sometime between 1995 and 2000, when Mr. Sloan ceased making Northumbrian small pipes although he has recently, in 2012, said that he has begun again making NSP. The set is pitched in F and has a twelve key chanter with interchangeable stock and four drones each of which has a tuning bead with the exception of the large “G” drone which has two tuning beads. The set is made in African blackwood with nickel silver keys and drone tubing, and imitation ivory ferules, tuning beads and drone stops. The bellows are also by Ray Sloan with ash cheeks and stitched leather. The chanter reed is by Colin Ross. The drone reeds are brass body/cane tongue composite. The set is in excellent condition. The pipes are housed in a Savage and Hoy pipe case.
Ray Sloan has confirmed that the last set of Northumbrian small pipes he made in the year 2000 sold for £2,500 (two thousand five hundred pounds sterling), $4,000 US at current exchange rates (as of Nov. 2010). Because new sets by this well-respected maker are no longer available, second-hand sets have risen in value. The estimated value of this set is currently $5,200 US.
If you wish to rent this set, please contact Richard Shuttleworth