In 1979 curiosity to learn more about Irish music brought me to Ireland. Fascinated by the sound of the Uilleann Pipes I searched for one of the few pipe makers and finally found Matt Kiernan in Dublin.
Since I was still studying at the time, my enthusiasm for the instrument was far greater than my financial means. A state of affairs which, together with mutual sympathy, led to me helping out in Matt’s workshop to finance my stay in Ireland.
All in all I spent a good three years in Ireland, during which Matt taught me the basics of bagpipe making. Back in Germany, I soon set up a workshop and made German and French bagpipes in addition to the uilleann pipes.
Since 1983 I have been making other types of bagpipes as well, but I specialize in Uilleann Pipes.
Among others I have made instruments for…
- Liam Ó’Flynn
- Sean Potts
- Gay Mc Keon
- Robbie Hannan
- Peter Browne
- Martin Nolan
- Johannes Schiefner
- Tom Clarke
- Brian McNamara
- Kierán Ó’Malley
- Nollaigh MacCarteigh
The concert pitch instrument is based upon an instrument by Leo Rowsome.
The pipes in B are a modified copy of an instrument by Colgan (owned by Jimmy O´Brien-Moran)
The C# set is a modified copy of Seamus Ennis’ Coyne set
The C and Bb are of my own design, inspired by the style of Colgan
On the following pages you can find the current catalogue and the prices.