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Martin's Workshop (New Nov. 2011)
Building the New Workshop
Teach and Phiobaire
C 3/4 Set
in Ebony, European Boxwood,
with hand rolled-brass metalware.
Offered for sale is a C-natural ¾ set, (two regulators) fashioned from ebony, brass with boxwood main stock and decorative mounts. The chanter has a goose-neck type top and is fitted with a C key.
There have been two primary influences on this set. The bores closely follow 19th century master pipe maker Michael Egan. The measurements were taken from a set belonging to Donegal piper Mr. Martin McIntyre who has graciously offered this set on long-term loan on numerous occasions. Minor alterations have been made to the chanter bore design in my instrument to give a modern day colour to the timbre of the chanter. With exception of the motif on the metal-ware, which also follows Egan, the decorative turnings and key work are a faithful reproduction of another great 19th century maker Maurice Coyne from a set currently on long-term loan. Other influences include the middle bass drone bends which have been based on a James Kenna design, as detailed in NPU 2012 calendar. Also, the main stock, lever-style drone shut-off switch, bass drone clasps and rolled tapered ferrules were all suggested to me by US pipe maker Mr. David Quinn.
The set is available for purchase, but as it is my intention to bring it to some piping events in the USA in spring 2013 it will not be available to collect/ship until mid-May 2013. The set will be supplied with both bag and bellows. I am due to commence voicing this set in the days ahead but interested parties may obtain an idea of the tone of this set from the numerous sound files available on my website. Any personal inspection or test will be welcome in my workshop from March 18th onwards.