Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

Hey guys!

I tried contacting David Daye about ordering a set of practice pipes but I haven’t heard back and didn’t know if he stopped making them or isn’t around anymore?
Anyways, I live in South Carolina USA and I am trying to find another pipe maker with affordable practice sets or half sets that I can order. Dose anyone have any other recommendations for someone in the USA, if not, someone else who might have a quicker turnaround and shorter waitlist?

Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it!

-W

Re: Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

No personal experience with USA makers, sorry, but I have met Dirk Mewes a couple of times and seen some of his work. He is an up and coming pipemaker in Colorado and seems like a standup guy. Haven’t played any of his instruments, but they sound decent when he plays them.

http://www.dirkmewes.com/

http://dwmpipes.blogspot.com/

Re: Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

I’ve read that calling Daye is the most efficient way to get in touch with him. A couple other makers in the USA with reasonable prices are Childress and Whitmer, though they won’t be as low as Daye.

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I have his pipes! Excellent! Go no where else!

Re: Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

I play in a couple bands with the aforementioned Dirk Mewes (pronounced "Mavis", BTW). His pipes are of good quality workmanship, and he’s very responsive in his communication with customers. http://www.dirkmewes.com/

But keep in mind that at least half the battle is going to be the reeds, and Dirk’s reeds are made in Colorado which is a pretty darn dry climate. But he might be able to help you find a reed maker closer to your climate, if you had trouble with his original reeds.

Re: Looking for a set of Uilleann Pipes

Reverend said: "But keep in mind that at least half the battle is going to be the reeds, and Dirk’s reeds are made in Colorado which is a pretty darn dry climate. But he might be able to help you find a reed maker closer to your climate, if you had trouble with his original reeds."

FWIW, Dirk’s reeds did fine in north Texas for three days, and it’s considerably more humid here than in Colorado. It seems to be more of a problem going from a more humid to a less humid environment, than the other way ‘round. When I went back to Denver to play for my dad’s funeral, I had to fiddle with chanter reed, and never could get the regulator reeds to work at all. Drones were fine.