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Electronic Bagpipe with Scottish, shepherd’s pipe, Huemmelchen and medieval fingering leather bag in red or black.

The redpipe classic is a model without a blowpipe. The leatherbag is stuffed with filling material, and the drones, chanter and overblowing function are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The amount of pressure necessary to get the instrument going is adjustable to individual needs, so the redpipe classic can be played without applying a lot of pressure to the bag.


  • open, half open – Scottish fingering (GHB)
  • chromatic, vibrato
  • French Cornemuse/ Shepherd’s pipe
  • Huemmelchen and Dudey
  • Medieval bagpipe in minor.
  • Adjustable sounds available

Real Bagpipe sound! Just like for a traditional bagpipes, the tone will flatten or sharpen depending on the air pressure in the bag.

Redpipes are available in Scottish Highland Bagpipe, Smallpipe, medieval bagpipe and Gaita modes. The sound is sampled using original pipes, and microprocessors adjust the sound along the chosen key.


  • Keys can be modified in halftone steps.


  • The factory setup of the redpipe is A 440 Hz . If modifications are necessary, while playing together with other instruments, the redpipe can be adjusted. The pitch setting is global on all redpipes. Keys can be switched and the total setup is still consistent with other instruments.


  • Instruments like bagpipes are normally scale tuned to other bagpipes. For studio recordings and for playing together with other tuned instruments though, you will need to tune to that instrument’s scale (i.e. A rather than B-flat). Tuning up or down to allow for this is a standard feature of the redpipe.

Basic Pitch

The basic pitch is switched together with the fingering table.

GHB basic tone: b flat
medieval bagpipe basic tone: a minor
french Cornemuse/Shepherd’s pipe basic tone: g
Huemmelchen and Dudey basic tone: c
Gaita basic tone: c

Drone pitch relative to the basic pitch

  • Basic pitch (standard setting): the bourdun provides the lowest tone of the chanter plus one octave.(e.g. lowest tone of the chanter is C: bourdun in C for C major)
  • Quart-Drone: the bourdun provides a quart relative to the lowest tone of the chanter. (e.g. lowest chanter tone is C : bourdun provides F for F major)
  • Second-Drone: the bourdun provides a second relative to the lowest tone of the chanter. (e.g.: lowest chanter tone is C – Bourdun in D for d-minor or dorian)

Drone fine-tuning

  • The drones can be tuned, and their tone level can be adjusted to the chanter. The drone volume can be adjusted as well.


Eight fingering tables are available. All sounds are combinable with all fingering tables

Minimal Great Highland Bagpipe (open, without vibrato)
Standard Great Highland Bagpipe (GHB half open, vibrato)
Extended Great Highland Bagpipe (all halftones available, extended scale,vibrato and overblowing)
Medieval medieval bagpipe in minor
French Cornemuse/Shepherd’s pipe half closed fingering (only with french chanter)
Renaissance Huemmelchen and Dudey with renaissance recorder fingering
Gaita Gallega standart Gaita Gallega fingering
Gaita Gallega extendet Gaita Gallega ( halftones available, extended scale,vibrato and overblowing)

Fingering tables


  • All redpipes can be overblown by 1/2 octave by opening the upper thumb hole or by putting more pressure on the bag.


  • Redpipes have a realistic vibrato sound.


  • The mode of a Scottish Bagpipe is myxolydic, which means that 2 tones are missing to play non-celtic tunes. That is why the redpipe is switchable between the mixolydic and the ionic mode.
  • The mixolydic mode is one of the old, authentic modes used in church music. Half tones are between the third and fourth step and the sixth and seventh step of the scale. The rest of the intervals are full tone steps. Characteristic for these scales is the small seventh. All the other tones are the same as a major scale.
  • Ionic mode was added to the authentic modes in the 16th century by Glarean. The ionic mode is the origin of all major scales with halftones between the third and fourth step and the seventh and eighth step. The rest of the intervals are full tone steps. Characteristic for these major scales is the big third.


  • The metronome is a redpipe built-in feature. The selected beat generates sound clicks, and an LED blinks in time.


  • Line out: The line-level is not controllable. External audio equipment or a radio transmitter are connected over a 6,3mm jack.
  • Earphones: Standard earphones are connected over a 3,5mm jack. The sound volume is adjustable. Appropriate for monitoring on stage.


  • A standard MIDI cable is necessary to connect the redpipe to MIDI equipment such as sound generators, sequencers, and computers.
  • The redpipe uses MIDI-channel 1 for chanter data and the channels 2 to 4 for the drones data.


  • Redpipes run on 2 x AA 1.5V akali-mangan batteries (initial batteries are supplied with your redpipes by The Twisted Thistle).