Success Stories

"A good investment! It helped me after about 20 years playing a lot to improve my pressure balance."
                          -real quote from a happy Bagpipe Gauge user

The Bagpipe Gauge has been used by students of all ages and ability levels, from beginners just learning to play the pipes to advanced and professional competitors looking to get that extra edge.  Pipers from around the world have discovered what the Bagpipe Gauge can do for their skill and enjoyment of playing the pipes!

This tool has been a life saver!! I was so frustrated when I just didn't understand what my teacher was telling/explaining about steady pressure. I understood the concept, but wasn't really getting it. It became crystal clear when I started using the bagpipe gauge. Wild swings of pressure, yikes! This gauge has dramatically improved my bag pressure and reduced issues with tuning. I'm a visual learner and this helped me literally see what "unsteady blowing/pressure" meant. Honestly, it has made for more pleasurable playing (for both me and the listener, LOL). In addition, it has allowed me to better understand what to listen for in both my chanter and drones. I feel (and my teacher agrees) it has lead to better balance and "tone". I won't say I'm world class by any stretch of the imagination, but I've significantly improved and I "get" it now. That's all I can ask for at my level.

-Rubina, piper from USA

•The four-time juvenile World Champion St. Thomas Episcopal Pipe Band has a Bagpipe Gauge for each piper in the band.

•The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band of Seattle, Washington has a Bagpipe Gauge for each piper.  The band competed at the World Pipe Band Championships and won First Place from both piping judges in Grade 4B.

"Of all the bagpipe-related gadgets I've made or bought this is hands down the most useful!"
-Dr. John McClure

I tried to make my own gauge years ago but I had difficulty sourcing a quality gauge. I then visited three shops to get various parts and then mucked around and I finally could not attach it securely to the pipes to play. It ended up costing around $140. Jori has produced a quality gauge but has also sourced quality fittings that neatly attach the gauge to the pipes - the package cost he sells is cheaper than I managed and it looks and fits better. Some have tried to make a bagpipe gauge with a cheap Medical Air Sphygmomanometer - as a doctor I will not but that type is a drug company "give-away" of inferior quality they are not durable nor accurate.

I highly recommend the Bagpipe Gauge. It makes tuning the chanter far easier by ensuring pressure same during the task. It easily identified the difficulty I had with drome tuning – when I removed my bottom hand to adjust the drones, I inadvertently and unknowingly raised the bag pressure and hence when back to playing a tune the drones were out of tune.

-Dr. Stephen Ross, Winner of Australia's R.U. Brown Silver Medal for Piobaireachd

The Bagpipe Gauge has REALLY helped the pipers of Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums to improve their consistency of maintaining steady bag pressure, with a very noticeable improvement in tone at practices and gigs, within 2 weeks of our Band initiating their use. Instead of some arbitrary tone target that pipers might be told to reach in “blowing tone,” and which they may or may not fully appreciate whilst playing, the Bagpipe Gauge provides a clear practical benchmark for each piper to work on, in his or her daily practice routine. Our younger and older pipers alike are finally starting to “get it,” because they can readily see when their number starts to waver on the Gauge, and take corrective action to keep it steady. This also makes tuning the Band much quicker and easier, as pipers are more consistent in maintaining steady bag pressure, and we have that much less variables to fix. Jori knows what he’s talking about! Our Band HIGHLY RECOMMENDS the Bagpipe Gauge to any piper or Band that wants to improve their tone and playing.  

-Pipe Major Richard Christiansen

Not only does the Bagpipe Gauges tell me how steady I am – I also use it to help me get a true sense of the tuning of my chanter and my drone reeds against the chanter. You surely know this already. With two drones and the gauge hooked up, I’ve found that I can first attach a tuner sensor to the chanter itself, and see what pressure is pretty much exactly where the chanter/reed setup plays/sounds the best. Hi-A, lo-A, notes in between. If there’s an issue with the chanter tuning, I can pretty much nail that down right then. (I also found out that I’m generally reeding at about 32-33, which is nice to know.)

Then once the chanter’s set, I know the optimal pressure, so I attach the tuner sensor in turn to the tenor and bass drones, and dial them in for that same optimal pressure. Sure, I can get there fairly pretty close with my ears, but it often helps me to verify where a reed is, and I benefit a lot from repeatedly dialing in my drones to the chanter and then getting used to hearing a perfectly tuned bagpipe, building ear memory.

And of course, the benefits of just monitoring my steadiness are huge.

-Doug Walton

More coming soon...

Get yours today!