In January of this year, members of Wake and District were privileged to be a part of a project which Roddy MacLellan embarked on; the quest for sustainable bagpipe solutions in response to the CITES restrictions placed on blackwood.
One of our members had the chance to test and evaluate a set of the Revelation bagpipes for 5 months. The set-up: MacLellan Revelation drones, Bannatyne hybrid zipper bag, Ezee Drone increased absorption drone reeds (made from a similar cellulose polymer as the sleeves), McCallum poly band chanter and a G1 platinum reed.
The pipes were played in a variety of regions and weather conditions — including the Le Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec where they were played during a rather long and cold parade (15°F) — and from pub to pub where temperatures and humidity levels bounced all over the place. There was very little movement in pitch as compared to other pipes that day. Tuning quickly settled in at 481 and budged very little throughout the day and into the night. The sound was solid and the drone reeds (or chanter reed) didn’t experience any catastrophic moisture problems (nothing shut down).
The pipes were played in Washington D.C. during police memorial week under sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s coupled with high humidity. Once again, the pipes settled quickly with very little drift. No moisture problems condensing in the drone bores, stocks or on the reeds.
The Revelation has the strength, durability, and sustainability of Delrin coupled with the sound, tone, projection and stability of the best wood bagpipes, produced anywhere, anytime. We are proud to have ordered the first production set of MacLellan Revelation bagpipes — and have recommended these pipes to all of our students as the pipes provide the sound of wood and the durability of Delrin.
Gabriel Nierman posted a few sound files of the Revelation pipes — give a listen and distinguish for yourself if these pipes sound harsh and loud like most other Delrin pipes on the market today — or have a much softer and mellower sound like a wooden instrument. Sound files @ https://soundcloud.com/maclellan-revelation
You can design and order your complete Revelation bagpipe at Roddy’s website with prices starting at $975 for a complete bagpipe setup (including pipe case).
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