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Deluxe practice chanter and set of small pipes in one!

Kitchen Pipes - The ultimate in piping fun! This versatile economical instrument can be used for practicing on your own, playing at parties, or just plain Piping Fun!

This set of Kitchen Pipes is a fine musical instrument with a rich sound. While not as loud as the Highland bagpipes, they have a firm and dignified presence. They are constructed of Delrin and come with a synthetic pipe bag and velveteen bag cover. There is a water trap built into the blowpipe. Reeds are Walsh Practice chanter reeds, these are used in the drones and chanter. A long Pipers' Choice practice chanter is used with this set. The top half of the practice chanter is used as the blowpipe, while the bottom is used as the chanter. This offers you two instruments in one, a great practice chanter, and a great set of smallpipes.

FEATURES
  • Polypenco pipes
  • Synthetic pipe bag
  • Walsh practice chanter reeds in the drones and chanter
  • Comes with long Pipers' Choice practice chanter
  • Soft padded carrying case

Not as loud as highland pipes, but with a firm and dignified presence. Call or click for your set today.

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Pipers' ChoiceKitchen Pipes with Soft Case
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4)

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Best pipes for the money

I have listened to pipe music and Celtic music my entire life. I have a background in woodwind instruments, including the great-pipes chanter and uilleann-pipes chanter, but this was my first real exposure...Read complete review

I have listened to pipe music and Celtic music my entire life. I have a background in woodwind instruments, including the great-pipes chanter and uilleann-pipes chanter, but this was my first real exposure to a complete mouth-blown set. I?m currently working in the Middle East, and these pipes are completely unaffected by the dry and hot environments to which they?re exposed. They arrived in seven short days, and I appreciate greatly that Musician?s Friend covered the cost of shipping to an APO. It took me all of 2 minutes to tune the drones and mark the joints with tape for reference, and about 15 minutes to figure out how to manage the bag and airflow; any questions I had were answered by the instructional CD (which sounds like a transcription from an old tape recording, but we can live with that). The chanter?s scale and tuning I verified with electronic tuners, as well as matching the tones on the instructional CD. My bag is synthetic instead of leather, which, even though contrary to the description, was a huge relief, as the synthetic bag needs no conditioning, and has a nice, dark-blue corduroy covering. My chanter?s lower-half looks just like the Dunbar M2K or a McCallum PC4 Practice Chanter instead of the belled-sole chanter in the picture, which I think looks better-than the one in the picture. I was piping within an hour of unpacking these pipes. I like the option of making a practice chanter by simply joining the chanter tube to the blowpipe. I like the countersunk finger holes in the chanter as well. It?s also comforting to know that the pipes use easily-available, inexpensive reeds. I think the adapter valve was a stroke of genius because now there?s no need to carry a separate and discreet practice chanter around. The book that came with it is CD is very easy to understand, and would be very helpful to get anyone started piping. My ONLY complaint is that after about 10 days of piping at 3 or 4 hours per session, the chanter developed a tendency to want to fall out of its bore, but this was quickly remedied with a small piece of masking tape. I?m amazed at the tonal quality of the drones as well as of the chanter; it gets rave reviews whether played indoors or out. These kitchen pipes deliver in spades their promise to be fun, all-weather, all-climate, extremely low-maintenance, no-fuss, no-muss pipes. To me, this is an acceptable trade-off with the difference in tone between wood and polypenco. I absolutely love these pipes, and a buddy of mine, whose wife is into Irish dance, bought a set of his own after listening to me play on mine and I showed him the features. I would recommend these pipes to anyone. This is the best musical value, the most musical fun I ever had. I absolutely LOVE these pipes!

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hard to tune

easy to play with in minutes , but tuning the drones and chanter a challenge.

easy to play with in minutes , but tuning the drones and chanter a challenge.

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5.0

Best - maybe only - quality economy pipes

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

These pipes (which are basically plastic mouth blown smallpipes with practice chanter reeds on the drones) are alone in their market segment. They are a quality product. That does not mean a beginner can pull them from the box and start sounding anything other than horrible. As with any set of pipes, there is a lot of skill required to set them up - not to mention to play them. There was a bit of hemping required to get the chanter and blowpipe to seat securely. I also had to undercut the D, E and F tone holes with a dremel tool so that I had tuning range with tape to get the chanter just to the drones (this is standard practice in many top pipe bands even with expensive chanters). The drones are a bit spindly in diameter, but they sound fine and acetal is stronger than wood, so this is only an aesthetic issue. The pipes play sharp like standard Highland pipes- do not expect A440! Buying a set of pipes is not like buying a harmonica or an accordion. If you know what you are getting into, or have a teacher to help, these are a very economical way to get started, or to use as environmentally stable travel pipes, or for a Great Highland Piper who wants a budget set of smallpipes. Overall, I really like these pipes, and for the price they cannot be beat.

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5.0

Best for parties and entertaining the neighbors!

By Godzilla Slippers

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Crowd control

    Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

    These pipes were a great deal for the money- I couldn't even find used pipes for this price elsewhere. They have a great sound, and are loud enough to need space to practice if you have adjoining walls. These pipes are perfect for entertaining or dispersing crowds as needed.

    Wait... what? Crowd control? Actually, I bought these pipe because I didn't know how to play them. I had neighbors who decided to open a "private pharmacy" in the apartment next door, complete with convenience store "ding dong" ringer and a bright light pointing into my kid's room. Between that, and the people lounging around outside, I had enough.

    Enter the pipes of doom! I got out of bed as soon as the noise ordinance allowed on a Saturday morning, and regaled them with the *worst* rendition of "Dirty Deeds" by AC/DC that I had no idea how to play, while dressed in a purple bath robe, orange tam, and godzilla slippers (which, by the way, had "City Stomping Sounds" turned on). It only took 3 days for the light and door ringer to go away :)

    So, now I've got these bagpipes, and I started learning to play them from the included CD. It is kind of like playing a recorder, just with a bladder to do the blowing. Not that hard to learn, and a lot of fun at parties, passing it around to friends, etc. If this one ever dies, I'll buy another, unless I can get the budget together for bigger louder pipes, because loud pipes (on a skateboard) save lives.

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    4.0

    A step up from practice chanter.

    By Sticknstringman

    from Rogers, Arkansas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practice

      Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

      I took interest in bagpipes about ten years ago and took a few lessons. Although I could make a recognizable tune on the chanter, I found playing the full size set of pipes impossible. I just could not keep enough air flow. This small set has renewed my interest. It took awhile to remember how to play again, but once I had it down on the chanter, I was able to which to this small set of pipes with little trouble. The things wrong are, the lower chanter does not have the white belled end and one of the drone plugs was missing.

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      5.0

      Great set!!!!!

      By Liam

      from Auburn,GA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Excellent Craftsmanship
      • Great Intonation
      • Great Sound
      • Highly Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performance
        • Practice

        Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

        As a Great Highland Piper, these were extremely easy to tune, they sound great with the haunting sound that small pipes normally do, very easy to play fingering is spot on, and I couldn't be any happier with them.

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        5.0

        Has become an Old Friend

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        By Pops

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Excellent Craftsmanship

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jam Sessions
          • Performance
          • Practice

          Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

          Purchased my set roughly 10 years ago. Came with a Dunbar PC. They have traveled all over the Western US with me, and never let me down. After a time tuning is quick and easy. Whether in a Pub, the lobby of a funeral home, or at home with the family, they are the perfect indoor pipe for me.

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          4.0

          Quality pipes: takes some patience

          By Some random dude

          from NOLA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

          Getting yourself aquainted with the amount of air and pressure needed for these particular pipes takes some time, but they really seem to be high quality. I've ben hoodwinked by sub par pipes before, and I was a bit weary when purchasing these because of the cheaper price. But these are really "straight out of the box" playing pipes. The chanter seems legit too.

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          2.0

          hard to tune

          By goldie

          from ky

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Practice

            Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

            easy to play with in minutes , but tuning the drones and chanter a challenge.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best pipes for the money

            By Mesopotamicus

            from [overseas]

            Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

            I have listened to pipe music and Celtic music my entire life. I have a background in woodwind instruments, including the great-pipes chanter and uilleann-pipes chanter, but this was my first real exposure to a complete mouth-blown set. I?m currently working in the Middle East, and these pipes are completely unaffected by the dry and hot environments to which they?re exposed. They arrived in seven short days, and I appreciate greatly that Musician?s Friend covered the cost of shipping to an APO. It took me all of 2 minutes to tune the drones and mark the joints with tape for reference, and about 15 minutes to figure out how to manage the bag and airflow; any questions I had were answered by the instructional CD (which sounds like a transcription from an old tape recording, but we can live with that). The chanter?s scale and tuning I verified with electronic tuners, as well as matching the tones on the instructional CD. My bag is synthetic instead of leather, which, even though contrary to the description, was a huge relief, as the synthetic bag needs no conditioning, and has a nice, dark-blue corduroy covering. My chanter?s lower-half looks just like the Dunbar M2K or a McCallum PC4 Practice Chanter instead of the belled-sole chanter in the picture, which I think looks better-than the one in the picture. I was piping within an hour of unpacking these pipes. I like the option of making a practice chanter by simply joining the chanter tube to the blowpipe. I like the countersunk finger holes in the chanter as well. It?s also comforting to know that the pipes use easily-available, inexpensive reeds. I think the adapter valve was a stroke of genius because now there?s no need to carry a separate and discreet practice chanter around. The book that came with it is CD is very easy to understand, and would be very helpful to get anyone started piping. My ONLY complaint is that after about 10 days of piping at 3 or 4 hours per session, the chanter developed a tendency to want to fall out of its bore, but this was quickly remedied with a small piece of masking tape. I?m amazed at the tonal quality of the drones as well as of the chanter; it gets rave reviews whether played indoors or out. These kitchen pipes deliver in spades their promise to be fun, all-weather, all-climate, extremely low-maintenance, no-fuss, no-muss pipes. To me, this is an acceptable trade-off with the difference in tone between wood and polypenco. I absolutely love these pipes, and a buddy of mine, whose wife is into Irish dance, bought a set of his own after listening to me play on mine and I showed him the features. I would recommend these pipes to anyone. This is the best musical value, the most musical fun I ever had. I absolutely LOVE these pipes!

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            4.0

            Great for beginners

            By Jtaggie320

            from Texas

            Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

            First time piper, never picked up a chanter before. These were very easy to tune and pick up on quickly. Sound great for the price and sure beats trying to start with an expensive full set. Cons are that the included lessons are a little out of date and the mouth piece bore seems to be slightly bigger than the chanter so I have to constantly apply and remove teflon tape to get a snug fit when I want to practice with just the chanter

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            4.0

            Durable

            By Louis-mekwe

            from Pennsylvania

            Comments about Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case:

            if your wife can't stand the practice chanter then these might the better alternative. They're by no means up to public performance standards of other parlor/kitchen pipes but they're very durable, dependable and just downright fun to play. I take them with me just about everywhere and use them when I need to get a truer sense of the music (unachievable with a squawking chanter). I also use them when I have to practice several of sets and they're small enough that I don't get "blown" and yet still get that intimate understanding of the embelishments, timing, cuts and holds while handling a somewhat bulky bag and avoiding the inadvertent cheating of "spit stopping" as I may do with a chanter. As a side note, I occassionally take them into my son's preschool and entertain the kiddies. They've held up well to the curious but destructive tendencies of 3 year olds yet the volume is soft enought that it doesn't scare them.

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