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About Myself and my Products.

I was brought up on the Isle of Tiree, where I leaned to play “The Pipes” (GHB) from the late Alisdair Sinclair, who was a friend of my Father, Robert Beck and Granfather of Finlay Johnston.

My Father also taught “The Pipes” on the Island. He, though an old traditionalist was a believer in my innovations.

After years of research and development as a hobbyist, “Beckpipes” was established in Loanhead, Midlothian in 1999 with the help of an Arts Council grant following an evening class at Jewel & Esk Valley College and 2 years working with Pipe Major Brian Donaldson at Inveran Bagpipes, where I learned all I know about wood turning and setting up Highland pipes. Brian is an absolute master.

My Scottish Small Pipe (SSP), are flagship of “Beckpipes”. The “Beck Valve” has been a very successful innovation, and it’s sales have helped sustain “Beckpipes” during the development stages of my SSP, and other innovations such as the “Cowal Chanter” and the “Drummer’s Stick Sheath”.

 

 

The Scottish Small Pipes (SSP) had taken a revival, and I was aware that their manufacture was a reproduction of a nineteenth century instrument.

So; When folk say; “Why aluminium?” I say “Why not!” (FAQ) Hence a complete modernization of the SSP with the same good sound.

My Scottish Small Pipe (SSP), both Aluminium & Blackwood are flagship of “Beckpipes”. The “Beck Valve” has been a very successful innovation, and it’s sales have helped sustain “Beckpipes” during the development stages of my SSP, and other innovations such as the “Cowal Chanter” and the “Drummer’s Stick Sheath”.

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Frequently Asked Questions on aluminium pipes.

Q; Why aluminium? A; Why not! It is abundant, environmentally friendly, robust, has excellent tonal qualities and looks great.

Q; Do they sound the same as wooden Scottish Small Pipes? A; Yes, and they are more dependable, because aluminium does not expand and contract the way wood, or especially plastic does.

Q; What do the traditionalists say to this revolution? A; Ask me, I am a traditionalist.

Q; How long does it take to make a set? A; About 80-100 hours, but it took 18 months to make the first set.

Q; What parts do you not make? A; Bagpipecovers.com makes the covers.

Q; Are the bores and hole spacings the same as if you made them in wood? A; Yes just the same.

Q; You refer to inferior bellows, does this mean yours are superior? A; Oh yes, I can blow a set of Highland pipes with my bellows! In fact I have a deal made up especially to prove this.

Q; Does this mean that you can use your bellows on any set of pipes? A; Yes, absolutely.