All work is entirely handcrafted, with hand forged keys and hand
metalwork; tapered ferrules; tapered mount bores; reamed chanter
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;
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,
fronted stocks are
The drone and regulator prices are for double mounted - up to 5
drones are available.
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 lignum vitae, palosanto, Madagascan ebony,
ebony, partridge wood, some English damson and English box. If
there is a
particular other wood you would like, I would do my best to source
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
and also am willing to use moose antler. Imitation ivory/horn
is also available. I
usually use brass, but will gladly use sterling silver or nickel
I stock bellows and bags by Laurence
Thompson. Prices below are excluding bag and bellows which work out
£300 from Laurence "amazingly airtight" Thompson.
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
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
Drones - £1150 with hollow stock, cantilever drone switch, 2
mounted, cane reeds.
Tenor and Baritone Regulators - £850 ea
Bass Regulator - £1300
email@example.com with any queries, I am open to anything