The redpipe is an electronic bagpipe based on the concept to provide a full instrument and not just a practice chanter. The redpipes are modelled on traditional bagpipes. That is why musicians can easily switch from a traditional bagpipe to a redpipe.

All the redpipe models are based on the same electronic technology.
High-sensitive sensors identify the position of the fingers on the chanter, transfer this information to two microprocessors, which translate the fingering into music without any delay.
The software can be updated to integrate new features and sounds. This will be done by redpipes electronic bagpipes.
For esthetic reasons some of the redpipe models have bourdons/drones implemented.
The French model has a second thumb hole. The little finger hole is turnable in both directions to allow playing with the fingertips and support lefthanded musicians as well.

For all redpipe models the various fingering tables can be combined with the available sounds. In studio recordings a switch between just scale and well tempered scale is possible.
The redpipe is in a broad range transposable. The switch from a G to a sharp G allows to choose between myxolydic and ionic tunes.  

redpipes without a blowpipe
redpipe classic, redpipe french and redpipe pipa.
These redpipe models are stuffed with filling material.The bourdons/drones, the chanter and the overblowing function are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The amount of pressure, which is necessary to get the instrument going is adjustable to individual needs. So, the instrument can be played without applying a lot of pressure to the bag.

redpipes with a blowpipe
redpipe avalon, redpipe caledonia, redpipe metal and redpipe gaita.
The bag has to be filled with air over the blowpipe, just as with traditional bagpipes. The air disappears through
a built-in valve, which leads to a rather realistic rhythm of playing. The blowing effort, which is necessary to play the instrument is customizable. So, it is up to the player to decide, which level of comfort he’d like to have.

The bourdons/drones, the chanter and the overblowing function are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The amount of pressure, which is necessary to get the instrument going is adjustable to individual needs. So, the instrument can be played without applying a lot of pressure to the bag.

How it works

  • Plug in earphones or connect the redpipe to an amplifier
  • Switch on
  • Decide for a fingering
  • Decide for the sound: Highland Bagpipe, Shepherd’s pipe/medieval     bagpipe,Huemmelchen/Smallpipe.
  • Decide for the key: can be done in halftone steps by pressing the respective button or smoothly to adjust to ther instruments.
  • Set drones/bourduns: set the Octave, Quart or Quint bourdons/drones and customize the sound volume. Fine tune the bourduns/drones if necessary.
  • Put pressure on the bag and start playing. Redpipe models with a blowpipe need some air in the bag, offcourse.

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