If there's one instrument that can get a reaction out of just about anybody, it's the bagpipes. From their traditional Scottish origins to the role they play in modern pipe & drum bands, the pipes are bursting with history and character. And while they may not be everybody's favorite instrument to listen to, there's no question that bagpipes have carved out for themselves an irreplaceable niche in worldwide culture - not bad for a humble, unassuming folk instrument from the highlands. Just like you'd expect with any instrument, bagpipes have evolved and diversified over time. Today, there are a few different varieties available, from the traditional to the specialty.
An example of one such specialty set can be found in the Pipers' Choice Kitchen Pipes with Soft Case. Smaller and quieter than full-sized highland bagpipes, they nonetheless have an unmistakable presence and rich, full-bodied sound. These pipes come with Walsh practice chanter reeds in the drones and chanter, the latter being a long practice model with a top half serving as the blowpipe and the bottom as the chanter itself. Effectively, the kitchen pipes are two instruments in one: an excellent practice chanter, and a set of smallpipes you can keep by your side for day-to-day practice, playing for friends and family or simply enjoying their sound yourself.
A small set of pipes like the kitchen pipes are well-suited to beginners as well as to experienced players looking for a second instrument. Of course, they're not a replacement for a full-sized set of highland pipes, so feel free to check out some of those as well! The important thing is that you're finding the right bagpipes and accessories for your playing situation and experience level, which is a search that begins right here in this selection - and where the pipes end up taking you is totally within your control, as long as you put in some good, old-fashioned hard work.