Historical Bagpipes

All types of bagpipes shown here are our own reconstructions with no existing original instruments. These are more or less byproducts of our work with historical reconstructions. Therefore I used historical image and text documents as a source (e.g. Syntagma Musicum, Michael Praetorius, 1619). This is especially true for the “Balinger Sackpfeife” which I reconsctructed after an original drawing, made in the 17th century in Reutlingen, Germany.

The reconstruction follows the design of our “Schäferpfeifen“. This means the chanter can be overblown and is mostly chromatic. On request we can fit the instruments with keys (which were probably not used in medieval times) to extend the musical possibilities.