I haven't any experience of Uilleann V pipes but a fair bit with The
Scottish Small Pipes version.
In my capacity as a sound engineer for a trad band we had(have) a Small
Pipes player who aquired a set of electronic small pipes.
This particular piper is a first rate Highland and Small Pipes piper - He
got them for several reasons mainly to do with sessions.
They have the ability to play in ANY key.
Advantages are : he normally plays a conventional wooden/bellows driven set
in A but has a set in D as well - the D set chanter is siqnificantly smaller
and more difficult to play(for him).
With the electric set the same A sized chanter plays in ANY key you want it
too and quite a few you wouldn't want!!!
Sound is actually pretty good - you can have up to 4 drones playing ANY note
The Chanter and Drones are ALWAYS in tune!
You COULD vary the sound of the pipes by COSM modeling - just like in the
guitar effects units available but as it's a sort of one-man band
manufacturing these it may prove logistcally and/or financially unviable.
You need either a direct input into a DI-Box and/or Sound Desk for PA work
Could be an advantage as currently I have the conventional set(s) wired to 4
mini lavalier type mics - via a small 4 channel mixer into 1 line of a sound
For sessions he needs a small practice amp - guitar type.
The major disadvantage is the method of the electronic contact on the chanter
I'm not actually sure of the type of contact but it is just a small metal
pad - it is NOT a 2 piece contact "switch" - problem with this is if your
fingers get sweaty and not by much it can cause the contact too act as if
it's on/pressed constantly - this results in unwanted sounds and a (in his
case) an almost constant wiping down/drying of the chanter too such a degree
that it almost becomes un-playable.