Detroit Highland piping Mascot MacGregor
Detroit Highland piping Mascot MacGregor

Types of Bagpipes

We have three types of Bagpipes available. The Great Highland Bagpipes (GHB), Fireside Bagpipes and Electronic Bagpipes.

The GHB are the Bagpipes most people are familiar with. These are great for “open space” areas.

Fireside Bagpipers were developed specifically for “close space” areas.

The Electronic Bagpipe can be used to play with traditional instruments in that this bagpipe can be tuned to 440Hz.

Great Highland Bagpipe – (GHB)

The GHB produces a strong vibrant, well rounded sound. Excellent for outdoors or large inside areas. These bagpipes are based on the Pentatonic Scale with no flats or sharps and “low – A” being about 460Hz or higher pitch. The World pitch standard for musical instruments is 440Hz. As such, it is very hard for other instruments to play the same melody with the GHB.

The sound level of the GHB produces is about 100dB+ (Decibel), equal to that of loud Rock Concert, but in tune.

Detroit Michigan Great Highland Bagpipes

Fireside Bagpipe

Fireside Bagpipes produce a relaxing smooth and mellow sound. Fireside bagpipes can be played in either the Key of B Flat, ideal for playing with keyboard accompaniment or the Key of D, ideal for concert pub playing and playing in Ceilidh bands.

These bagpipes are excellent in small areas or where there is access to a microphone. The sound level of the Fireside bagpipes are about 80dB, equal the loudness of a telephone dial tone. For reference, normal conversation is 60-70 dB.

Detroit Michigan Fireside bagpipes

Electronic Bagpipe

These bagpipes are an excellent option in small or large areas where the volume and/or the pitch of the sound of the bagpipes need constant and strict control.

The sound level of these bagpipes are controlled by the amplifier and speakers being used.

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