Medieval / Renaissance Great Pipes
The Medieval Great Pipe is a single drone, conical bore bagpipe with a warm and present sound. During the Renaissnance a second drone was added and expanded the complexity of the instruments sound. The timbre and visual presence of the bagpipe is similar to other bagpipes found on the Atlantic coast of Europe such as the Spanish Gaita, the Breton Vueze, and the Great Highland bagpipe to name a few.
Each drone is made with three sections and when fully extended plays in ‘A’ and ‘E’. If the drones are pushed down and shortened they can produce ‘B’ and ‘F’. This is done with no additional manipulation to the reed. If both middle sections of the drones are removed, connecting the top and bottom joints, they will play up a forth and produce ‘D’ and ‘A’. A common configuration for the pipes is to play the Bass in A with the Baritone in E. A more contemoary sound can be derived by playing the Bass in ‘A’ and removing the middle section of the Tenor to play in ‘A’ and octave above the bass.