The Pipers’ Gathering has a strong commitment to nurturing new players and experienced players on new instruments. Toward that end, rental sets are available. The standard rental period runs from The Gathering one year to The Gathering the following year, but feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime to see if a set is available. The initial collection of rentals instruments was the result of a very generous bequest by long-time attendee Kenneth “Van” Jackman, and The Gathering is committed both to maintaining and expanding the collection over time.
Northumbrian small pipes, set #1
This set of Northumbrian small pipes was made by D. Burleigh, serial number 2290, with an eleven key chanter and four drones. Each drone has a tuning bead with the exception of the large “G” drone which has two tuning beads (i.e. “complicated drones” as described on Burleigh’s web site). The bellows are also by D. Burleigh. The set is made in African blackwood with brass keys and artificial ivory ferules. The chanter reed was made by Ann Sessoms. The drone reeds are brass body/cane tongue composite. The set is in good second-hand condition, in a serviceable carrying case.
Scottish small pipes, set #2
This set of Scottish small pipes is made in African blackwood with boxwood ferrules and brass trim. There are three chanters, each with an interchangeable stock, and four drones. The chanters are pitched in A, Bb and C with two drones in C and two Bb each set an octave apart (cC and bB). The set comes with spare reeds and a carrying case.
Northumbrian small pipes, set #3
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. 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.
Scottish small pipes, set #4
This set of Scottish small pipes was originally made by the amateur maker, Gordon Mooney, but a new chanter in box wood has been supplied by the New York maker Nate Banton. The set is pitched in A, and comes in a serviceable carrying case.