[photos of some models available on Gallery page]
Based somewhat loosely on instruments by William Rowsome, 1921 and 1924. Some original dimensions have been extended in order to produce an instrument in modern concert pitch, as the original pitch seems to have been rather sharp. Standard configuration uses a four-piece drone configuration with straight slide; a bass drone configuration based loosely on Taylor, with a one-piece timber barrel joint on the bass drone, is also available.
Instruments with chanters based on Leo Rowsome models are
available by special request.
Narrow Bore D
Chanters and drones based on a unique Taylor narrow-bore-D set are available; instrument is shortened slightly from the original to bring it up to modern A=440 concert pitch. Regulators for this design are under development.
Closely based on two instruments by Coyne; tenor and bass regulator measurements from one, rest from another (both instruments privately held in Ireland).
C two models are available :
Standard model: Chanter is based on Coyne C. Drones are loosely based on Coyne, or more closely based on Kenna, at the customer's preference. Regulators based on Kenna, or an anonymous 18th century instrument (possibly Kenna).
Instrument based on Egan (copy of an
instrument in the National Museum of Scotland collection;
optionally, chanter may be based on a pristine Egan now in
B three models are available:
Instrument based on an early Coyne B example, with a straight bass drone
Instrument based on Coyne B from National Museum of Ireland, with additional chanter measurements from another, privately held instrument with similar characteristics.
based on a "17 inch" Kenna "B" - unlike the above Coyne B instruments, which play about 30 cents
flat of modern B (but which can be tuned to modern B on request), this instrument
plays approximately 40 cents sharp of modern B. Tone is remarkable but chanter
requires open fingering in the bottom hand, in keeping with early 19th century fingering charts.
chanter based on Coyne 19" (B flat) chanter
drones extrapolated from B, regulators derived from chanter bore
Other models may become available in the future.
I can closely copy the decorative work on the originals of any of these sets, on request. Otherwise, the decoration on the sets is chosen based on a combination of materials and budget, usually in a style inspired by that of the original maker.
Except as noted, 'based on' indicates that with minor exceptions the internal dimensions and bores of my instruments are 'faithful copies' of original models by the named makers, to the limits of my measurements and tooling capabilities at the time of manufacture. Please note however that unless you have specifically requested a 'reproduction' of a specific historic set, some modifications from the original design, or mix-and-match of dimensions from more than one original instrument, may be made in the effort to provide an instrument with the best performance. A description of any such conscious and substantial departures from the original measurements will be provided to the customer upon request.
I enjoy doing
responsible, conservative restoration work and reproduction of historic
instruments, please enquire.