Monthly Archives: May 2020

Ackland 466 drone reeds in old Sinclairs

I haven’t been playing my Sinclair pipes at all recently because for a time they were converted to C drones for my gaita chanter as the Sinclair chanter stock was a perfect fit for the cork on the gaita chanter’s tenon.

But, I’ve been curious what the Ackland drone reeds would sound like in them so I set them up as highland pipes again with the original chanter and put in the Ackland 466 reeds. I have just a few short recordings as the bag wasn’t very airtight, but I think what I did get is representative. Enjoy!

Lament for the Old Volunteers (74th’s Slow March) – I’ve listened to Gavin Stoddart play this tune hundreds of times on the Royal Highland Fusilier’s Proud Heritage album and I think Gavin plays Sinclair pipes, so it seemed like a great tune to play.

Fhuair Mi Pòg – just a nice tune

The Merry Blacksmith – April 2020 Tune of the Month!