Uilleann Piping Links
Links for trusted uilleann pipe makers, reed makers and lots of information.
Ray is the maker of a great sounding, hand crafted and probably the nicest looking Uilleann Pipes I have ever seen. If your in the market for a new set of pipes, his pipes would be a great choice. He has practice sets, 1/2 sets and full sets available for sale.
Rob Gandara makes uilleann pipes using the best modern tooling to create an amazing sounding instrument with solid construction and a life time warranty. His pipes are carbon molded to the exact specifications as a Rowsome chanter. The density of the carbon and fiber orientation match that of African Blackwood. He currently has practice sets with NO WAITING TIME ! and will be offering 1/2 sets in the near future.
Michael Vignoles, musician and craftsman from the Claddagh, Galway City, Ireland, has been making Irish musical instruments such as uilleann pipes and bodhran drums for the past 30 years. His pipes are played by many people and if your looking for a set made in Ireland this would be a good choice. He has practice sets, 1/2 sets and full sets available for sale.
Tim and Stephanie Benson have been making Uilleann Pipes since 2006 in western New York. Both are accomplished musicians and make absolutely beautiful pipes. I have heard several of these sets in action and they always sound really good. They has practice sets, 1/2 sets and full sets available for sale without that long of a waiting list.
Brian Howard has been making reeds for over 30 years and in my opinion makes the best reeds on the market. Before I started making my own reeds I played his reeds for 20 years and I found them to be the most stable and responsive reeds I have ever played. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up.
Tim is a piper, pipe maker and reed maker and has dedicated much of his life to uilleann piping. He is a wealth of knowledge on everything uilleann pipe related. Everything from the history of the instrument to reed making is covered on his website. When I was learning to make reeds I found his website to be extremely valuable.