Anistratov Uilleann Pipes

 Anistratov Uileann Pipes are the instruments that Alexander makes, probably with the greatest enthusiasm and inspiration, since he became a professional uilleannpiper himself.

Anistratov Uileann Pipes are available in concert D and "flat" C#,C or B pitches. Uilleann pipes can be ordered as a
  • Practice set-chanter, bag & bellows
  • Half set-practice set with a main stock and tree drones
  • 3/4 set-half set with tenor and baritone regulators
  • Full set-chanter, drones and tree regulators (including bass), bag & bellows

 Alexander has developed two different designs, which he terms Filímeala and Smolach Ceoil. 
Filímeala design is based on the lineament of pipes dating back to the early 20th century. It has a strait form of a traditional turning line. In Alexander's opinion, this design includes the most attractive elements among allknown pipes of the past. Original and aesthetically harmonious shapes synthesize with the fullness of tone.  

  Smolach Ceoil design is more modern. The fine Baroque elements of this design complement the elegant floral motives of Art Nouveau.

Although Alexander's uilleann pipes never copy or replicate of any originals, however copies can be discussed and made upon request.

Chanters

Chanters

  In order to develop the Uilleann Concert chanter of a certain pitch, Alexander painstakingly measured the lineament of the number of bores and chanter reeds. Among them pipes from such makers as Leo Rowsome, Dave Willams and Alain Froment. These chanters present several common problems to the modern musician ear in that the C # is often sharp and B in first octave is too loud while E is not stable. Furthermore, all of these chanters have the tendency to sharpen the pitch. 

Uilleannpipes chanters in Ebony, Blackwood and Lignum Vitae
From left to right; concert D, concert D and B
Filímeala model Uilleann pipes practice set in D.
Kingwood, Bronze, Boxwood.
Metal head, C nat key.
Filímeala model Uilleann pipes practice set in D.
Ebony, Bronze, Antiqued Art Ivory.
Wooden head.
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Smolach Ceoil model Uilleann pipes practice set in D.
Cocobolo, Bronze, Boxwood.
Wooden head, swan neck.

Chanter & Regulator keyes

Keys can be installed depending on the request, from one to six for one chanter. They give an oportunity to the customer get all the semitones of two octaves clearly up to high D. The aesthetic of keys complements the stylistic coherence оf all set.  
 
The keys are hand-forged in the same metal as the all set of pipes mounted in. They can be mounted on integral wood blocks, and sprung with the soft and precise “ leaf-springs”. Because each key is individually hand forged, the keys can be custom formed to suit the player’s hand, which may be helpful for those players with smaller hands or past injuries. Also the left handed chanters are upon request.
By special order, Alexander make bronze, nickel silver or silver lined saddles for each key. The pads are used for the keyes traditionally cut out of leather nor neoprene.

 In the process of creating the chanters craftsman did everything possible to make the improvement and address these issues.
The greatest attention was given to the sound of chanters, Alexander achieved precisely the modern timbre able to satisfy the demands of the most innovative performer.
Filímeala design chanters are have bald and rich tone, thick and creamy. These chanters are takes wide tapered steples for the reeds.
Smolach Ceoil chanters are more clear and vibrant with snapy articulation. The staples for these chanters are always cylindrical.

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Smolach Ceoil model Uilleann pipes half set in D.
Lignum Vitae, Bronze, Boxwood.

"I would say that the difference between Filímeala and Smolach Ceoil is same as the difference between Pratten flutes and Rudall & Rose".

Chanter reeds

To be honest the Uilleann pipe chanter reed are probably most complicated double reed in the world. They have to give two chromatic octaves in dry compete condition. The reed is a quintessence of reed making and Uilleann pipemaking-basis of the sound. That’s why Alexander gives such an attention to it’s creation process, when it’s done it has to be perfect. For Uilleann chanter reeds only the best cane which is (Arundo Donax) is using. Process takes from one to few weeks from the first binding to last scraping and voicing in the chanter.
 
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Filímeala Premuim model Uilleann pipes 3/4 set in D.
Blackwood, Bronze, Mammoth Ivory.

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