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Uilleann Pipes

Neil O'Grady Pipes
BC Childress Pipes
Differences between O'Grady and Childress Pipes
Pipe Cases Synthetic Drone Reed Plan Uilleann Pipe Books
Learning to Play Uilleann Pipes Uilleann Whistle Chanter Uilleann Pipe Videos
Hepburn Uilleann Pipe Practice Set with Bellows Reedmaking Supplies,
ChildressReeds
Plans for Stop Valve

Uilleann Pipe Chanters
from left to right:
Neil O'Grady chanter in Rosewood (cocobolo) with C natural chanter key
BC Childress chanter in Rosewood
BC Childress chanter in Blackwood

BC Childress chanter in Blackwood, with chanter keys, pop valve, stop key, fully mounted  (maximum) mounting
These chanters are all in key of D, some have extra brass movable keys to finger some of the notes, but it does not change the pitch of the instrument.

Uilleann Pipes by Neil O'Grady


O'Grady chanter and bellows


O'Grady Drones and regulators, from underneath


O'Grady Full Set
(bag, bellows, chanter, drones, regulators)

O'Grady pipes are made from Cocobolo (rosewood family) with maple mounts. He is located in Newfoundland, Canada.
In the Key of D. 

O'Grady pipes Available Now:

O'Grady Half Set with 3 brass chanter keys
C natural, Bb, and F natural keys, extra chanter reed 
UILLEANN PIPE 43 Chanter Keys: The brass keys on the chanter are from the bottom-up, F natural, B flat, C natural.
 These are accidentals or notes out of key from the 2 normal keys produced from the chanter, D and G.
The high C natural is for the high C natural in the key of G, second octave.  The F natural and B flat are for tunes that demand these notes.

Regulators (tenor, bass, baritone) upgrade 

It is possible to add a set of regulators (tenor, bass, baritone) to a half set of O'Grady uilleann pipes. To ensure the best fitting of reeds to your instrument, we recommend that you order regulators directly from Neil O'Grady. When they are ready, you would need to send the drone mainstock to him to have the regulators installed.

Because cane drone reeds can change their tuning with weather changes, Neil O'Grady is now  including synthetic drone reeds (with O'Grady half and full sets), which are more adjustable and less subject to changes in the weather, and provide for greater ease in tuning the drones.
We recommend getting chanter and drone reeds directly from the pipe maker.

 

To see more examples of Neil O'Grady's pipes,
please visit his website:
http://www.celticmusiccrafts.ca

Uilleann Pipes by Neil O'Grady of Canada

O'Grady chanter and bellows


O'Grady Drones and regulators, from underneath


O'Grady Full Set
(bag, bellows, chanter, drones, regulators)


To see more examples of Neil O'Grady's pipes,
please visit his website:
http://home.thezone.net/%7Epipes/pictures.htm

O'Grady pipes are made from Cocobolo (rosewood family) with maple mounts. In the Key of D. 

O'Grady pipes Available or on Order:
These dates are approximate estimates by the pipe maker. We order instruments up to 2 years in advance, and sometimes it can take longer than expected. We will do our best to keep customers informed of any delays.
Chanter Keys: The brass keys on the chanter are from the bottom-up, F natural, B flat, C natural.
 These are accidentals or notes out of key from the 2 normal keys produced from the chanter, D and G.
The high C natural is for the high C natural in the key of G, second octave.  The F natural and B flat are for tunes that demand these notes.
Practice Set with 3 brass chanter keys 
C natural, Bb, and F natural keys, extra chanter reed 
UILLEANN PIPE 44


O'Grady Half Set with 3 brass chanter keys
C natural, Bb, and F natural keys, extra chanter reed 
UILLEANN PIPE 43

Sound Sample of O'Grady Half Set (with drones)
(this is a large file, please wait for it to load) 

Regulators (tenor, bass, baritone) upgrade 

It is possible to add a set of regulators (tenor, bass, baritone) to a half set of O'Grady uilleann pipes. To ensure the best fitting of reeds to your instrument, we recommend that you order regulators directly from Neil O'Grady. When they are ready, you would need to send the drone mainstock to him to have the regulators installed.

Because cane drone reeds can change their tuning with weather changes, Neil O'Grady is now  including synthetic drone reeds (with O'Grady half and full sets), which are more adjustable and less subject to changes in the weather, and provide for greater ease in tuning the drones.
We recommend getting chanter and drone reeds directly from the pipe maker.

Extra chanter keys 
  We order all the O'Grady instruments with these 2 extra keys (comes with C natural key)
This allows you to play some of the notes that are not in the key of D (the chanter plays D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D  with a second octave C natural key (you finger C natural in the first octave), so if you want to play F natural or Bb, you would  need to get a F natural or Bb metal key attached to the chanter.  This does not change the whole instrument into another key in two octaves; it just makes it possible to play those additional notes. 
If adding to a set you have that has just the C natural key:
F natural chanter key   UILLEANN PIPE 15 
Bb chanter key             UILLEANN PIPE 14 

Drones added to practice set
UILLEANN PIPE 40  $inquire

O'Grady Chanter in Cocobolo (rosewood) with C natural key
UILLEANN PIPE 56  $inquire
with C natural, Bb and F natural keys:
UILLEANN PIPE 85
 

To look for Uilleann Pipes tutors look at: http://www.songsea.com/books.htm#UILLEANNPIPE 


Uilleann Pipes by B.C. Childress
Pipes on Order
Available Options and Upgrades
Reeds
Pipes on Order
Please Look at the List of Pipes on Order below with approximate delivery times of Childress sets:

You may add more options to a set we have on order- this will push back the arrival date.
We would ask for a deposit of half the price of the instrument and any extra options, in order to reserve that set for you.
Drones and regulators can be added to a practice set (by the builder) as your playing skills increase. You can order upgrades now with a deposit, then send your set to the builder when the parts are ready for installation (takes about 2 weeks after the parts are ready, plus shipping back and forth).
Prices may change if BC Childress has price changes: http://www.bcpipes.com/prices.html
These dates are approximate estimates by the pipe maker. We order instruments up to 2 years in advance, and sometimes it can take longer than expected. We do our best to keep customers informed of any delays. 
Chanter Keys: The brass chanter keys are from the bottom-up, F natural, A flat, B flat, C natural.
These are accidentals or notes out of key from the 2 normal keys produced from the chanter, D and G.
The high C natural is for the high C natural in the key of G, second octave.  The F natural and B flat, and A flat are for tunes that demand these notes.Chanter Keys allow you to play some of the notes that are not in the key of D (the chanter plays D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D  and a fingered first octave C natural) So if you want to play F natural, Ab, Bb, C second octave, or D second octave, you would  need to get metal keys attached to the chanter.  This does not change the whole instrument into another key; it just makes it possible to play those additional notes.

Practice Sets on Order

Blackwood, imitation ivory mounts, 4 brass chanter keys

Please send deposit if you want to reserve an instrument that we do or do not have in stock.

Childress Half Sets on Order or Available
Blackwood, imitation ivory mounts, 4 brass chanter keys

 


Please send deposit if you want to reserve an instrument that we do not have in stock.

Full Sets


Blackwood, imitation ivory mounts


Options and Upgrades on Childress Pipes
If you already own a set of Childress Pipes and would like to upgrade them, 
please see the available upgrades listed below. 
For upgrades, add a deposit of 1/2 the price of each item to original deposit. 
PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.

We will confirm your order and find out the approximate delivery time.
Uilleann Pipes ("Art Ivory" or Maple Mounts, Brass Metal Parts, "Standard Set")
Blackwood Full Set..........................
Blackwood Half Set........................
Blackwood Practice Set..................
Rosewood Full set..........................
Rosewood Half Set.........................
Rosewood Practice Set..................
PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Uilleann Pipe Upgrades ("Art Ivory" or Maple Mounts, Brass Metal Parts,"Standard Set")

Blackwood Practice Set to 1/2 Set..................
Blackwood Practice Set to Full Set.................
Blackwood 1/2 Set to Full Set.........................
Rosewood Practice Set to 1/2 Set..................
Rosewood Practice Set to Full Set................
Rosewood 1/2 Set to Full Set........................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Regulators ("Art Ivory" or Maple Mounts, Brass Metal Parts, "Standard Set")

Blackwood Tenor Regulator.........................
Blackwood Baritone Regulator......................
Blackwood Bass Regulator..........................
Rosewood Tenor Regulator..........................
Rosewood Baritone Regulator......................
Rosewood Bass Regulator..........................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Chanter Keys (brass) ................................................
Chanter Keys allow you to play some of the notes that are not in the key of D (the chanter plays D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D  and a fingered first octave C natural) So if you want to play F natural, Ab, Bb, C second octave, or D second octave, you would  need to get metal keys attached to the chanter.  This does not change the whole instrument into another key; it just makes it possible to play those additional notes.
Chanter Keys Nickel-Silver.................................................

(Fully keyed chanters include F natural, B flat, C natural, A flat and 3rd. octave D)

Uilleann Pipe Chanters ("Art Ivory" or Maple Mounts, Brass Metal Parts, "Standard Set")

Blackwood Chanter w/Headpiece and reed...............
Rosewood Chanter w/Headpiece and reed................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Bag and Bellows with Stocks, Standard set.

Blackwood..................................
Rosewood...................................
(For B and C pitched flat sets, add 5% to the above prices)

Bellows, poplar cheeks, Imitation ivory or maple valve
Plain (fits Childress sets)..............................
Plain (with fittings for other makes).............
Boxwood or Antler valve add.......................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Natural materials for the mounts
Made from Boxwood (yellowish brown, looks more like aged ivory, is less likely to crack if the instrument is dropped by accident). Instead of cast polyester.
Boxwood mounts (when available, Standard Sets)

Chanter..............................
Practice Set.......................
1/2 Set................................
Full set...............................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Maximum Mounts and Ferrules in Brass

Chanter...............................
Practice Set........................
1/2 Set................................
Full Set...............................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Boxwood Mounts for Maximum Mounts and Ferrules

Chanter..............................
Practice Set........................
1/2 Set................................
Full set...............................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Rolled Nickel-Silver Metal Parts ("Standard Sets")

Chanter...............................
Practice Set.........................
1/2 Set.................................
Full Set ...............................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Rolled Nickel-Silver Maximum Mounts and Ferrules

Chanter.................................................
Practice Set...........................................
1/2 Set...................................................
Full Set ..................................................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Chanter Stop Key .............................
This is a valve at the top of the chanter that stops the air to the chanter. 
This facilitates in tuning the drones and regulators.
PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Wooden Headpiece...........................

Wooden Headpiece, Fully Mounted ("Art Ivory" or Maple)...

Wooden Headpiece, Fully Mounted in Boxwood or Antler (when Available)....

Nickel-Silver Wooden Headpiece Hardware (Plain or Fully Mounted)............ 

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
180 Degree Bass Regulator Bar
............................

180 Degree Bass Regulator Bar Rolled Nickel Silver............................

PLEASE CALL IF YOU WANT TO ORDER ANY OF THESE ITEMS.
Pop Valve ..........................................
The pop valve is a valve that helps close off the bottom of the chanter, instead of relying on only a popping (leather) strap on your leg and the bare chanter bottom.
Pop Valve Nickel Silver..............................
Childress Uilleann Pipe Reeds

Uilleann Pipe Chanter Reeds................REED 104
Uilleann Pipe Synthetic Drone Reed set of 3 (brass tube body, sheet plastic tongue)

We do carry these reeds.These reeds are designed to work with Childress uilleann pipes (not guaranteed to work with other pipes).They have a brass tube body and sheet plastic tongues.

 

Reedmaking Supplies
We are not able to get these items to sell, but if you are looking for sharp gouges or shooting boards 
(for making uilleann pipe chanter reeds), try contacting:  Mike Dow <madow@maine.rr.com>
http://www.archcarving.com

 
Differences between O'Grady and Childress Pipes
     An O'Grady set is an easy set to play. They don't take much air and are slightly quieter than a Childress. The chanter reeds work well and adjust easily. 
     A Childress set is a made with a great execution of traditional artwork in the tool work of veining and combing.  The Childress set is a louder set with a well behaved bright sounding chanter.
    Cocobolo is about 6-12 per cent mellower, depending on the reed.  The pipes we get from Neil O'Grady are Cocobolo.
    Blackwood is about 6-12 per cent brighter, depending on the reed.  The pipes we get from B.C. are  Blackwood.
    If it sounds as though the reeds are a large part of the instrument, they are. Talk to an oboe or bassoon player.
It depends on which color of sound you like.
The artwork is different between the sets. Childress is very traditional with more and O'Grady is rather Scandinavian with less. Both work well. All pipes work easiest with synthetic drone reeds. Both of these maker's sets have their own design of synthetic drone reeds.which don't create many problems.
   Childress pipes have more options for decoration and functional additions (5 chanter keys, chanter stop key, solid rolled nickel , maximum mounts and ferrules, pop valve, other mount materials, etc.)
We do not have any uilleann pipes by either maker with cane drone reeds, as they have both switched to using the synthetic drone reeds, which are much easier to tune and maintain.
Synthetic drone reeds have the ability to play almost immediately when you take the pipes out of its case after not having played for a long time. Cane drone reeds usually would require an hour or two of adjustment in the same situation. They do not necessarily sound better than synthetic drone reeds and take much more time to get in tune.

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