Ayrshire innovates with Kwiktune adjustable stock

Published: October 31, 2012
(Page 1 of 1)

An innovative adjustable stock that allows less-experienced pipers to shut off the flow to their chanter with a twist, allowing them to practice tuning their drones, has been developed by Ayrshire Bagpipes of Troon, Scotland, and will hit the market in the next few weeks at a price of about £39.

Brian Mulhearn of Ayrshire Bagpipes said that idea for the stock came to him after years of teaching students to tune their pipes, struggling with blowing as they try, in his words, to “tune the beast.”

The new stock allows the player to twist the stock and shut off air-flow to the chanter so that they can move to bring their drones in to line.

“As a teacher I get the greatest satisfaction, after months of lessons, in getting the pupil onto the bagpipe,” Mulhearn commented. “Young learners strike up the pipe and are quite happy to be tuned up. However, older learners want to know how it’s done for themselves.”

Mulhearn says the Kwicktune stock “will help less experienced pipers tune their pipes quicker and more accurately by following a few steps” – blowing up the full instrument, shutting off the bass and one tenor, tuning the remaining tenor to the chanter, and then shutting off the chanter with a twist of the stick. The player then can more easily bring in the other drones and then put them in line with the tenor.


Mulhearn added that he has personally used the stock in solo competitions with good results, especially when one drone won’t seem to come into tune.

Ayrshire Bagpipes last year debuted a new plastic solo chanter last year, developed with acclaimed solo piper Colin MacLellan, and priced as low as any on the market.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.8/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

MOST RECENT POST
  • Instant replay
    Wed, 3 Sep 2014
    This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Great Tape Scandal of Inverness. In 1974, Bill Livingstone’s second-prize in the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal was rescinded after Lezlie Webster (nee Patterson) produced a …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS October 3, 2014Kiltsandmore Workshop for BagpiperKiltsandmore Hauptstrasse 74, 69242 in Mulhouse

October 10, 2014Andrew Hayes ConcertAlbany, New York

October 11, 2014Leinster Solo ChampionshipsPalmerstown, Co. Dublin

October 11, 2014Indianapolis Highland Games Solo Piping ContestIndianapolis, IN

October 11, 2014The Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping CompetitionAlbany, New York

TIP OF THE DAY
Make sure everyone is comfortable with the strength of their pipes; uncomfortable people will not blow steadily.
Richard Parkes, P-M Field Marshal Montgomery