My interests in music center on that of the medieval period, as well as some of the ethnic European folk music styles. The instruments on offer evolved over considerable time to fill needs in these two areas, but I have heard them being used in completely different styles with very good effect. All the instruments are made in a one-man workshop and tested by myself, I can play them all.


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Tabor Pipes
Tabor Pipes

The tabor pipe family. Made in high D to low D, with the exception of E, because I haven't yet found a use for it. However, if you'd like one, I'll make one. The fingering is in the most usual tone-tone-semitone intervals.

The picture shows a set in Rata. They can also be made in Black Maire.



The pipes are made from rata1 or almond wood.

Price:
D: $NZ 170
C: $NZ 200
Bb: $NZ 220
A: $NZ 240
Low G: $NZ 270
F: $NZ 300
Low D: $NZ 350
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Alternative G Tabor Pipe
Alternative G Tabor Pipe

An alternative G pipe. It plays exactly the same as the regular kind, but has an extra semitone available in the movable foot. This is the equivalent of half-covering the end of higher pipes, obtaining a note a semitone lower than the ones produced when all fingerholes are covered. This is only available with the G pipe, though if desperate, I can work it out for A and F pipes as well. Not feasible for lower pipes, and quite pointless for higher ones, as you can just half-cover the end. So on a G pipe you can get F# and C#, which normally are not playable.



Price: $NZ 300+ shipping

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Tambourin De Béarn
Tambourin De Béarn

Played instead of the tabor with tabor pipes. Tuned to a preferred drone, usually with groups of the strings in fifths and octaves. Made from a variety of cypress, it is very light. A beater supplied.

The rosette pictured is patterned after a number of 15th century representations of lute rosettes. More elaborate rosette and carving can be ordered.

The hard case has a compartment for the pipes. ( pictured with a low D and a C pipe, pipes not included in the price. Can have a larger compartment if desired.)


Price: $NZ 600 + shipping, without case.
Case pictured $150. More complicated designs also available, priced to suit.


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Wooden Ocarina
Wooden Ocarina


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Most ocarinas are made from clay. Using wood enables the tuning to be more precise, also the mouth to be made to more exacting specifications. These ocarinas are tuned in D or G, corresponding to the ranges of the soprano and sopranino recorders. They have an adjustable plunger to enable fine-tuning of the fundamental pitch. This is an advantage since when playing with another instrument before starting they need to be in tune with each other, and also as you play the pitch will slightly rise as the air inside warms up. This necessitates retuning in the first 10 minutes or so, sometimes more than once.

The range is an octave + two notes, big enough for most of the older layers of folk music and a lot of later ones. The instruments are made in a number of woods, as available. Contact me to find out current stock.



The ocarinas are supplied in a soft case, with a fingering chart.

Price: G ocarina: $NZ 100 + shipping, D ocarina: $NZ 120 + shipping

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Carved Wooden Ocarina
Carved Wooden Ocarina

The carved ocarinas are musically identical with the wooden ocarinas above. Available only in G, they lack the plunger, and therefore have a non-tunable basic pitch. They are made from boxwood, a dense, very fine-grained wood, favored for the finest carvings and musical instruments from classical times.



Price: $NZ 600+ shipping

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Double Ocarina
Double Ocarina


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Identical to the single ocarinas, with a drone pipe added. The drone can be tuned to a few notes, from the lowest of the playing notes to about a fifth above. The most useful is the second lowest, this is equivalent of most bagpipe tunings.

Made in D only.



Made of Almond or Rata1 wood and supplied with a fingering chart.

Price: $NZ 180+ shipping

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One-handed Ocarina
One-handed Ocarina

Developed for a customer with only one useable arm. Can be very successfully played pipe-and-tabor fashion, with the other hand playing a percussion instrument. To my knowledge the only instrument playable with one hand, that includes a drone. The drone is tuneable to the bottom or the second note of the chanter ocarina, the second one is the most useful configuration. The range of the chanter is one octave+one note, diatonic, with a few of the semitones cross-fingerable.

Made in D only.

The ocarina pictured is made of Almond wood, however they can be made from a variety of timbers.



Price: NZ$ 200 + shipping.


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Wooden Drone Pipe
Wooden Drone Pipe


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From the medieval times we have possibly thousands of illustrations of woodwind instruments. Out of the total number more than half are of double pipes, and there are a few triple ones as well. In the early music revival of the 20th century this fact has been mostly ignored.

The first of my double pipes consists of a medieval-type recorder coupled to a drone pipe. The voicing of the drone ensures that it does not overblow easily, making it possible to play at least an octave and a fifth on the recorder side with a steady drone sound. The recorder has a wide bore, making the bottom notes especially strong. The fingering is similar enough to the usual baroque one to make it possible for any recorder player to confidently play it within a few minutes of trying it for the first time. The recorder side is pitched in C, with the drone being in D. This type of pitch relationship is the most usual on bagpipes, which have many similarities with these double pipes. However, other drone setups are also possible, contact me to discuss details. The pipes are made from almond wood, and are supplied in a wooden box, with a fingering chart.

There are a number of folk pipes with a drone played from Hungary and Ukraine in the West though the Balkans and the Middle East to Pakistan and India in the East. These are usually diatonic whistles with a drone, and most do not meet the standards of modern early music performance requirements.



The pipes are made from almond wood, and are supplied with a fingering chart.

Price: $NZ 800+ shipping
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Wooden Double Pipe
Wooden Double Recorder


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The other kind of double pipe is based on a number of prototype instruments. The only medieval double pipe of the flue kind has been found in Oxford, England, and while it is in unplayable condition, enough remains to have a good idea of what it was like.* Other similar instruments exist in the form of folk pipes used in the South of Italy, and there are double flue-type pipes used in the Balkans, from Slovenia to Greece. All of these have variable fingerholes. The launeddas, the national instrument of Sardinia, are reedpipes, but have the same type of fingering pattern, as do the chanters of the South Italian zampogna and chiaramella bagpipes. This broad type of double pipes with both pipes fingered, and therefore polyphonic music playable on them (within limits) existed from truly ancient times. Some of the earliest instruments discovered in Mesopotamia and Egypt are of this type, as are the Greek aulos. All known ancient double pipes are reedpipes, but in mediaeval times flue pipes also were made with this type of fingering, as is clear from contemporary illustrations as well as the only surviving instrument.

This double pipe has a range of a complete octave, fully chromatic on the left-hand pipe, playing F-f. The fingering is rather unusual, it will take a bit of time to get used to this. The right-hand pipe has the range of a sixth, playing Bb'-G. The fingering of this one is not dissimilar to that of a Renaissance recorder.

As no known music exists for these type of pipes, you have to arrange polyphonic music of the period to suit the capabilities of this instrument. It is possible to play launeddas and zampogna music on them to a certain extent, even though the effect is quite different. There also exists a completely new repertoire for the revival Cornish double bagpipe, which is also playable on these pipes. They really come into their own when used for playing two-part medieval and early renaissance consort music. Best results are obtained by taking music with a melody line within one octave, and arrangeing from the lower parts of the original a second line to fit the limits of the right pipe.

A lot of 13th century choral music and 16th century consort music is playeble without alteration.

Video samples of the pipes being played. (Opens in a new browser window)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2HgL1-hNTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAANqQci2M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REAurMcrECI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjgDnylzfJ0



Click the image below to find a selection of sheet music for pieces from various periods arranged for the double recorder in PDF and MuseScore format.
Sheet Music Sample



The pipes are made from rata1 or almond wood. They are supplied with a fingering chart.

*Reference:
Bob Marvin: A double recorder
FOMRHI quaterly 31 (1983) comm. 453


Price: $NZ 1000+ shipping

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1 Rata (Metrosideros Robusta) is a native New Zealand tree. According to some handbooks the second heaviest timber in the world. While difficult to dry, once dry it is very stable. The wood is very dense and smooth, but not particularly showy



All sound samples played by the maker, unless otherwise specified

This page is still in its early stages. There are some more instruments lined up for this page in the near future. After that, some new instruments might be added from time to time.




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