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Old 04-27-2019, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Northumbrian pipe makers?

There seem to be quite a few makers of GHBs, Scottish smallpipes, and even Uilleann pipes, but makers of Northumbrian pipes seem rather more rare.


I'm in the U.S. and I have only found one maker's website that says that he makes Northumbrian pipes (although I find no actual mention of them on his website). I suppose that in this day and age buying them from the U.K. is possible, but seems likely more complicated, and what would one do if there were problems with the pipes?


My question for folks that have Northumbrian pipes is where did you get your pipes and how do you like them? If you were to buy another set, would you use the same source?


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Old 04-27-2019, 06:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

To my knowledge there are no regular makers of Northumbrian pipes in the the US. John Liestman used to make them but has not for some years. I believe Seth Hamon has been dabbling but I don't know how far he has got. Mike Sharp in California does some fixing and restoration but not making complete sets.
I think all those I know in the US playing have sets from UK makers (one of whom is now based in France). I know people who have had to send pipes back to the UK regarding problems, but there is the option of using someone like Mike. I have done both of these at different times.
My own pipes are by Ray Sloan and I would go to him again. I also see good sets from Richard Evans. Colin Ross still makes some pipes, and there are newer makers like Kim Bull and Nigel Barlow though I haven't seen their work in person.

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Old 04-28-2019, 04:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

The NPS has a list of makers here:



https://www.northumbrianpipers.org.u...age=pipemakers
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To my knowledge there are no regular makers of Northumbrian pipes in the the US. John Liestman used to make them but has not for some years. I believe Seth Hamon has been dabbling but I don't know how far he has got. Mike Sharp in California does some fixing and restoration but not making complete sets.
I think all those I know in the US playing have sets from UK makers (one of whom is now based in France). I know people who have had to send pipes back to the UK regarding problems, but there is the option of using someone like Mike. I have done both of these at different times.
My own pipes are by Ray Sloan and I would go to him again. I also see good sets from Richard Evans. Colin Ross still makes some pipes, and there are newer makers like Kim Bull and Nigel Barlow though I haven't seen their work in person.

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Ian,

Thank you! I did find Seth Hamon's website. The title of his website mentions Northumbrian pipes but I find nothing on his site that actually mentions them. I have sent him an email asking about it. Another member of the forum recommended Andy May or Richard Evans. I have sent Mr. May an email. The Evans' website says that they are not now taking orders, but I have been told that may not be entirely correct, so I plan to send them an email also.

Not to change the subject, but then there is the question of learning to play the pipes. Some years ago I downloaded John Liestman's book on the Northumbrian pipes and I finally just got around to printing it all out. His book says that it is written for the student who has no teacher. That's good for me because I know of no Northumbrian pipe teachers anywhere around.

Any, thanks for the replies!
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:43 PM   #5
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Ian,

That's good for me because I know of no Northumbrian pipe teachers anywhere around.

Any, thanks for the replies!

I don't know how often they get together but there were some Northumbrian pipers meeting in the DC area. I know one was based there and the other in Annapolis. They would link up with others from PA.
There is also a Northumbrian piping instructor each year at the Shephardstown (WV) piping weekend in January.


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Old 04-28-2019, 11:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

A lot of advances being done with 3D printing NSP, and lot of other types of bagpipes.
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I don't know how often they get together but there were some Northumbrian pipers meeting in the DC area. I know one was based there and the other in Annapolis. They would link up with others from PA.
There is also a Northumbrian piping instructor each year at the Shephardstown (WV) piping weekend in January.


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There is also the Pipers Gathering http://www.pipersgathering.org in CT in August (Andy May scheduled to be there) and another gathering in the Albany, NY area which regularly includes a half dozen or so NSP players. This year's iteration concluded this morning. If interested in the latter for next year, contact me off-list.


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Old 05-15-2019, 08:56 PM   #8
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Just an update on the Pipers' Gathering....the Northumbrian instructor will be me, and not Andy May, who will be teaching next year.
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