IONA SCOTTISH SMALLPIPES are an expertly crafted instrument handmade by Bill Hart in Australia for more than 30 years. The use of unique Australian desert hardwoods such as Gidgee, give IONA Scottish Smallpipes a beautiful sound quality and stunning appearance.
SCOTTISH SMALLPIPES. Scottish smallpipes, compared with the Great Highland Bagpipes, have a quieter, softer and more mellow sound. This makes them ideal for entertaining at home or in a confined setting. The Scottish smallpipe fingering is the same as that used by the Great Highland Pipes and this has allowed them to become increasingly popular amongst Highland Pipers for the simple fact that no major change to playing skills is required. My Smallpipes are available in keys of either C, A, Bb or D, and tuned to western [piano] tuning to allow playing with other instruments.
The Mouth Blown Option, with zippered bag and moisture control system, is available with all pipes as an alternative at no extra cost.
SCOTTISH DOUBLE SMALLPIPES. This is a new line for Iona Bagpipes and consistes of a bag and 2 chanters (No drones), either mouth blown or bellows blown. Many old relics depict such bagpipes and the Italian Zampogna still employs such a system for the melody.
The right hand chanter plays the bottom hand 5 notes and the left hand plays the top 4 finger notes with the bottom finger note ["A" in GHB terminology] not played, but sounding when the top notes are played.
This allows playing in the normal GHB way, with always at least one of the Low A's sounding, thus giving a drone sounding accompaniment. Alternatively, you can play right hand harmonies against the left hand to get some amazing effects.
IONA SCOTTISH SMALLPIPES SAMPLE If you wish to see and hear a sample of IONA Smallpipes being played, an example can be heard by clicking HERE (with special thanks to Mr. David Stanley).
You can also view Bill Hart playing his Double chanter Smallpipes HERE