Very interesting, and if Cillian is playing them, must be decent.
I see no mention of cost on the website.
Sona la le Padraig !
From: Johnson Thomas <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:20 am
Subject: vPipes - the future of uilleann piping?
Saw this instrument discussed on the Swedish uilleann pipes forum
I must say I was impressed. This is a completely electronic instrument
hat sounds and behaves like a well maintained, in-tune half-set of
illeann pipes. The vPipes can be used with earphones, which would be
reat for ust practicing, or learning tunes without disturbing people in
he same household, or neighbourhood for that matter, or/and they can be
lso be used with external speakers which makes them interesting from a
erforming angle. I suppose they could even be used in a session with a
mall battery powered amplifier. They seem to be small so that makes
hem easy to carry about. The inventors/developers are still testing
hem according to Annette Winter and want to have them perfect and
eliable before releasing them commercially.
Of course learning to play on a set of vPipes doesn't mean you'd be able
o manage an acoustic traditional set of pipes and all that entails, the
uning, reed problems, leaks etc., but as a complement for learning
unes without driving folks mad, or for someone who's satisfied to just
e an electric piper, I'd say there is definitely a future for=2
ere's piper Cillian Vallely playing a set of vPipes:
Some Spanish chap having a go
Swedish piper Jan Winter (thanks Jan) has a more information on his