Anistratov Higland Bagpipes
Alexander manufacture Great Highland Bagpipes in two pitches, first is the main and traditional for Highland B flat 446 Hz (pipeband high pitch) and a concert pitch for solo or band playing B flat 440 Hz.
The design of the set can be Standard, Premium or Deluxe class. Great Highland Bagpipes are made of three types of wood: Blackwood, Cocobolo and Mopani. The basic set has three drones, two tenor, bass and plastic chanter. All the instruments of Premium and Deluxe Class are equipped with wooden hanter by default that made of a same timber thrugout the set.
As you can see on this page Aexander has develope several drone designs. different designs have various proportions, lines and decorative elements. An important role is played by materials from which drones are made in this or that design. The choosen elements are effects directly to the timbre.The design of drones does not end with their exterior-the main is hidden inside. Alexander use two types of internal bore patterns in his drones for Great Highland Bagpipes.
One – is MacDougall Pattern. Drones with such internal design are made according to the drawings of the great bagpipe maker Allan MacDougall. This is a craftsman whos works belongs to era of the Golden Age of Great Highland Bagpipes. Allan worked in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His work was based on earlier versions of bagpipes 17th centuries probably. The internal design of the "McDougall" provides very powerful, bold and juicy sounding drones balanced at low and high frequencies, similar to the effect of 3D. Suits really much both the plastic and wooden chanters.
Fidheagh Standard design. Blakwood, Ferrules: bronze, Projecting Mounts and bushings: imitation horn, luxury mouthpiece: imitation horn & ebonyte
The second one is the bore design which was based on drawings of Henry Starck, one of the great maker of bagpipes of the first half of 20th century. Drones Henry Starck Pattern gives clear, rich and very clean sound, quieter and more elegant than McDougall. The sound has less variation in frequencies and create a very strong "sound wall" that supporting sound of the Chanter, but do not mix with it. They are very good in combination with wooden chanters. Alexander would say it`s ideal for solo playing.
Solo Highland Bb chanters in Cocobolo, Boxwood with Cocobolo sole, Blackwood
Development of Anistratov Great Highland Bagpipes chanters took 7 years. During this time we conducted a large number of experiments with the acoustics, processed many drawings and examined many chanter reeds of different manufacturers. Now Alexander proud to present the chanters for Great Highland Bagpipes in three different pitches.
- Solo chanter in Bb-475Hz
- Pipeband chanter in Bb-480Hz
- Highland chanter in A-440Hz
These chanters are have a balanced tone across the scale, powerful sound and precise tuning. Gives clean Pibroch G and clear high A. Also, besides the common fingering on the chanters player can get two semitones with an alternative "fork" fingering. Alexander recommends for his chanters proven chanter reeds from Frazer Warnock and Jamie Troy workshops-high quality manufacturers of the Highland cane reeds.