What the world’s best pipers are playing: a pipes|drums Survey
Bass Drone Reed
Lots of reedmakers, but Henderson Harmonic synthetic reeds emerged most popular, with three playing them. Of the cane reeds, Henderson, Lumsden, G1 and Barnes were listed by one piper each.
Tenor Drone Reeds
Ezeedrone was first in this category by a long margin, with 12 (67%) Premier-Grade pipers playing them. A smattering of other makers had two or one response, and Barnes was a write-in under “Other.”
Eight of the 19 respondents listed a natural bag, while the other 11 said they play a synthetic model. Overall, a Bannatyne synthetic bag was selected by most (five/26%), while Begg sheepskin and a zippered Canmore were played by four (21%) each.
None of the 19 Premier-Grade respondents said they do not use a moisture system of some sort. The most popular devices are the Ross Canister and a “Basic Tube Trap,” each selected by eight (42%) respondents. Under “Other,” one piper said he/she uses a Ross Canister AND a Tube Trap, one listed a “Homemade contraption,” and another a system by Achiltibuie.
The typical Premier-Grade bagpipe thus is a set of vintage Henderson, Lawries or modern Naill drones, a Naill chanter with a MacPhee reed, a Henderson Harmonic synthetic bass reed, Ezeedrone tenor reeds, with a Bannatyne synthetic bag and a moisture system of either a Ross Canister or a basic tube trap. Your mileage may vary.