The Border Pipe originates from the border regions between England and Scotland, hence its name. It reached its peak in the 18th and 19th century when it was played by town pipers in many towns.

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The Border Pipe has a strong sound that is rich in overtones. Its medium volume make it suitable for indoor as well as outdoor play.

The chanter is equipped with a double reed. It can be build using a Scottish fingering or a French, half-closed fingering that has more comprehensive chromatics. Main key are G/C or the lower tunings D/G.

The drones have single reeds. They are tuned a perfect fifth or an octave apart and are tonally matched to the chanter. They are arranged in a cylindrical stock and rest on the forearm across the body during play.


Die Bordune haben einfache Rohrblätter. Sie sind im Oktav- und Quintabstand und klanglich auf die Spielpfeife abgestimmt. Sie stecken in einem zylindrischen Stock und liegen beim Spielen quer vor dem Oberkörper auf dem rechten Unterarm auf.