The first foto in this blog shows clearly that it is better to stick to one model of instrument than to make many different ones.
I can turn out a "D" pipe in an hour and it will be nine times out of ten, perfectly playable and in tune.
My third fife was in tune enough to satisfy my musical ear. The "DD" bamboo fife took five instruments to get the tuning right. They are all shown in this foto.
The three instruments on the middle are the "D" fife, the "D" pipe and the "DD" bamboo fife. They are ready to send.
It has taken a lot of work to get this order ready, but there is great satisfaction in overcoming the difficulties and challenges to produce instruments I would be glad to own myself.
The Maire wood is so beautiful. I hope the lucky customer enjoys them immensely.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.