Britain: Shuttle Pipes


The shuttle pipe appeared during the latter half of the sixteenth century, possibly in France, with it's reflexed drone bores possibly influenced by the Rackett. The name is derived from the form of drone system used which instead of being separate items are all bored in a single piece of wood and connected in series to achieve the necessary lengths and in the simple system here would generally be three. The method of tuning is by using slides (layettes - from the old French word "laie" for drawer) set in dovetail grooves in the side of the drone cylinder or "shuttle" which open and close slots into the bore, the more the slot is opened the sharper the note produced and leads to a very neat and compact set of drones. The chanter is of the open ended type with a compass from f1 to g11 however a shuttle drone can also be used with the other forms of small Pipe chanter to provide a more compact set of pipes.


Materials:

Box, Laburnum, Fruit & Exotic hardwoods (this latter the only choice for keyed chanters) with mounts of bone, horn and Ivory with nickel silver ferrules and keywork.