smallpipes saleFred Morrison Scottish Smallpipes are a beautifully crafted precision musical instrument with great sound quality. Smallpipes have a softer, mellower and sweeter sound than the Highland pipes, making them ideal for playing at home or in a group setting where volume might be an issue. The fingering technique is the same as the Highland pipes and they are increasingly popular with Highland pipers who wish to enrich their piping experience by trying something new.

Fred Morrison Smallpipes are available in the keys of A or D.

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Apart from the key note, the main difference between the A and D sets is the physical size of the chanter and the quality of sound. The key of A chanter is approximately the same size as a Highland pipe chanter, but the key of D chanter is much smaller and it will take most pipers time to adjust to the smaller size and spacing of the holes. You can hear sound samples and watch Fred talk about and play both sets of pipes here:

 Introduction to key of A smallpipes on YouTube

 Introduction to key of D smallpipes on YouTube

We can supply bellows-blown or mouth-blown models. On Fred’s recommendation, the bellows-blown pipes are fitted with a specially designed synthetic bag, which help the drones to sit up across the chest and sit very well at the neck.

The luxury hand-made bellows are fully padded with plush leather cushions on the front and back to ensure comfort and ease of play. The bellows are made from the highest quality components, including a double leather skirt and beechwood paddles, to ensure many years of great playing.

Mouth-blown sets are fitted with gortex bags with a full moisture control system.

A drone switch can be added as an optional extra. Fred Morrison recommends this for the following reasons: “The drone switch is something I could not do without. It shuts off the drones with a click of the lever and is of great assistance to the piper regardless of level of expertise and experience. The learner or first time bellows player is able to shut off the drones in order to focus on achieving and maintaining a steady sound on the chanter, for example, holding a low A and striving to maintain as steady a sound as possible whilst trying a simple slow air. As the player becomes more accustomed to the bellows, he can gradually bring in the drones and repeat these exercises. The drone switch is also very useful for the advanced or professional player who can switch on a beautiful chordal sound slickly and avoid a “growling up” effect. The switch also allows the piper to start/stop cleanly – especially when playing with other instruments – to bring in the drone sound as an added texture in a musical arrangement. For players giving performances, the constant playing of the drones while the pipes are being tuned can be irritating to an audience. The drone switch is also of great benefit in allowing the piper to switch off the drones between tuning.”

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This page grew out of providing followup resources for workshop participants. 

 

MacIntosh's Banner - music pdf | Iain MacDonald on chanter

Clan Campbell's Gathering - music pdf | Iain MacDonald on chanter

Full pdf from workshop - included above 2 tunes, plus movements, exercises and "Catherine's Lament"

Catherine's Lament - YouTube featuring Murray Henderson and the Inveraray & District Pipe Band

Jack Lee Music - Jack has recorded all the tunes in the Piobaireachd Society Collection, plus many others. They are available for purchase and download along with the sheet music. This is an amazing resource.

Roddy MacLeod, M.B.E. - Roddy has recorded many tunes on pipes. The tunes and sheet music also available for purchase and download. Very good sound quality.

James MacIntosh, M.B.E. - The EUSPBA and Jimmy put these videos together. Jimmy is a world-renown authority on piobaireachd, and these free videos teach movements, and several tunes.

Piobaireachd Society - a £15/year membership gives you access to many sound recordings of tunes, notes and other features.

Alt Pibroch Club - this free resource has manuscripts for all pre-1840 collections, plus lots of discussion and material about piobaireachd.

 

Check out the rest of the Reelpipes.com site!  We offer everything for solo pipers and pipe bands.

If you are interested in any of the products or services offered here, or would just like more information about the pipes, the music, or anything else that you think we could help with, we'd be glad to hear from you.

At Reelpipes.com, we strive to be of service whether or not you are making a purchase, and we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you might have. The best way to contact us is through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and if you would like to have a telephone conversation, or even a Skype chat, we'll connect with you to discuss your needs.

Wonder what other people think? Here are some responses from previous customers!

Hi Iain,

I received my smallpipes a couple days ago. They are beautiful and sound great! Thanks so much for your help.

Sean M.
USA


The chanter arrived right on schedule (shipped Monday from McCallum and arrived here in Ithaca, NY Wednesday- amazing!), and I'm very pleased with it. It was amazingly in tune right out of the box, and the playing pressure and volume balance are really quite nice.

Glad to do business with you. I'd certainly recommend you to others and will.

Cheers!
MR, Ithaca, NY


emma newpipesThank you so much for all your help. Emma was so excited when her pipes arrived. I got her picture, please see attached.

We are all super excited!

Halifax, NS



Just a note of thanks for you advice and set up of the MacRae SL4 pipes I purchased  from Reelpipes. The blend of drones is fantastic, just what I had hoped for. The Bannatyne WMC bag is a pleasure to play and fits comfortably for long practice sessions. Thanks again for the honest advice and prompt service, I'll recommend Reelpipes to my band mates.

WMC


Just a quick note to thank you for the good advice and great service regarding the Selbie reeds. After a holiday absence I've had a chance to install and play the reeds, what a world of difference, these old drones have the sound I was looking for. Thanks again, WC


Thanks Iain! These pipes are playing like  heaven, they never sounded like this before. They are playing with very little air and sound sweet. Thanks again. Angus


I just returned from a business trip, stopped by the UPS customer service dept. and took possession of my new Morrison’s. In a word, they’re ’stunning’. The photos available on the web simply do not do them justice - they’re much better looking ‘live’. The quality of the craftsmanship and set-up is absolutely first-rate. I’m pretty fussy about drone bores, and my Morrison’s are smooth and polished. I played the chanter by mouth and the scale sounds accurate, and the hole spacing is comfortable and easy to play - about the same as my long practice chanter. The drones sound great too. What more can I say? My new pipes have exceeded my expectations!

A. MacPhàrlain
USA


Well, it's the evening before Winter School and I'm still huffing and puffing. Can't play anything but slow aires. Suddenly the chanter "pops out" and hits the floor. Didn't check joints. The reed is laying beside it. So I says to myself, "Self, as long as I've got to re-tune this thing I might as well try Iain's reed."

Hmmm... A lot of hemp on it. Well, let's just put it in and see where it is. Whoa! A fraction of the pressure. A fraction of the air. And more volume. How's that work? And the harmonics are fabulous! It has a much better "voice". My buddy, a trumpet player happens to be in the house and over hears it. "It's like a whole new instrument", says he. My wife agrees. The cat, of course, has already left the building, but she never did appreciate the Pipes.

Now, I can play pretty much my whole repertoire. So if anyone balks at $50 for a reed, tell them to call me.

I'm off to Winter School with a smile.

-CF


Thanks Iain for all your help selecting and acquiring my new McCallum highland pipes. They are terrific!

For anyone wanting any advice or assistance in purchasing pipes, Reelpipes is a must. Not only is Iain knowledgable and willing to help, his passion for the piping world is amazing. His historical perspective and stories make getting new pipes a whole lot of fun!

Thanks again Iain!

Ian B.


ralf galke

 "Lovely instrument! Thanks for your support."

Ralk G., Germany


oliver2

Hi Iain.
I hope U are well.
U know I enjoy a lot playing this beautifull instrument.
Here is a picture of me.
Later I will send to U some videos.
 
McCallum bagpipes - what else!
 
All the best,
 
Oliver


"My pipes arrived yesterday. The pipes are beautiful and I am thrilled with the craftsmanship and quality."

Tim B


Today the smallpipes arrived in best condition, a wonderful instrument; I hope we´ll become good/best friends, the pipes and me!

Christine H.
Germany


Hi Iain, 
As you know I got my Fred Morrison smallpipes that I ordered from you. I absolutely love them. I also want to say thank you for all your help. I had many questions and you were always so prompt and helpful. I have recommended you to some of my friends who have expressed interest in smallpipes. Thank you again for all your help.

Janice
USA


The pipes arrived in good order. I really love the tone, I was playing poly mouth blown ssp with plastic reeds, they were in tune, but the tone was lacking! I am impressed with the efficiency of the bellows, they are moderately sized yet supply ample power to the bag. The finger spacing is comfortable. I had to shorten the connecting pipe between the bellows and bag to fit my frame, but this was easy. Overall, these pipes are a great value and very well designed, the workmanship is top-notch with a tone to match. They played 10 cents flat of concert A440, but an hour of just playing them brought the pitch up to within 2 cents, (amazing!) Also, the drone switch is a wonderful feature, they facilitate tuning and can be used to great dramtic effect when playing ( I can turn my drones on and off with my chin whilst playing!) I could write pages about these pipes. Thanks for your patience throughout my wait.

Ryan S.
Pennsylvania, USA


kevincarr

Dealing with Reelpipes.com was a piper's dream. Straightforward information, quick response to queries, and very clear communication about the instruments. And the pipes are magnificent. Met my expectations in every way. They arrived a week ago, and I'll be using them in performance in another week. Killer sound, easy to play and a very very high standard of construction. What more could you want?


Kevin Carr
Oregon, USA


Hi Iain,

Thanks for the follow up.

I am very pleased with them......The bellows are superb!!!!!!

The sound is well balanced and bright.........I had a set of [maker name] bellows smallpipes(circa1999-2000) in C which were also a very good smallpipe but I will say that I am more impressed with the Fred Morrison smallpipes ...excellent craftsmanship with sound to match!!!

Best regards,

Andrew B.


I am extremely pleased with the Fred Morrison Reel Chanter. It has a sweet sound, lovely overtones and I am looking forward to using it in concert.

Rob Menzies, 
Vancouver 


It is a very nice looking chanter. Good craftsmanship. Well done. Makes me wish now that I had the whole set. My first impressions were excellent. The chanter pitch is right on. I am mostly pleased that the FM chanter is considerably more stable in pitch, especially the high hand notes in comparison to my other chanter. So as I say, my first impressions are all excellent. Thanks for everything. This has been an easy, no stress and very timely transaction. I'm really very pleased. Please convey my regards and appreciation to the Morrisons as well. Cheers and good piping,

Chuck Boda

New York, USA



Fred Morrison reelpipes are the bomb! I am so glad I decided to order these pipes, I cannot seem to put them down. My 1870 Hendersons and uilleann pipes are being neglected. I'd like to thank Iain for the great service in getting them across the pond to me.
 


Dan Bentley

New York, USA


After a short adjustment period to the bellows technique I had a great time with Fred's pipes. They were easy to tune, steady and gave me a whole new perspective on how to create bagpipe music.



Michael Grey

Dunaber Music





Fred Morrison and crew sent me a beautiful set of pipes with superior bellows and very nice chanter tone. Finally I have brought a "Highland-sounding" bagpipe to the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers that's in concert pitch and not quite so loud-- the rift between fiddlers and pipers has been mended.



Bruce Maxwell

California