Border Pipe in A
Nigel Richard, Edinburgh

Border Pipe

The Border Pipe, as the name suggests, used to be played in the border regions between England and Scotland.

The most flourishing period of this instrument was during the 18th century when many towns in the border regions had their own town piper. The Border Pipe has a sound similar the Great Highland Bagpipe, but it is much quiter.

The particular Border Pipe that I play is made by Nigel Richard. It is completely chromatic with 7 keys and a scale of 22 half tones. This is an exceptionally large scale for a bagpipe, and musically this offers many interesting options.
Great Highland Bagpipe

Border Pipe

Scottish Smallpipe

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