Chris has a wealth of experience working with and setting up nearly every make of bagpipe. His introduction to engineering allowed him to develop what he believes to be a superior line of bagpipe products.

Chris is the Pipe Major of ScottishPower Pipe Band - a band which regularly rank among the top 3 bands in the world. His Pipe Major experience at the very top level and his years of pipe band playing has allowed him to amass a wealth of knowledge and insight in to the conditions and demands pipers place upon their instruments. His extensive pipe band back experience,  alongside his impressive track record in the solo piping scene, means that Chris knows what it takes to produce a top class sounding instrument and he has used this knowledge to aid in the design of his products. All of this means that you can have complete confidence in the both the service and quality of X-TREME bagpipe products.


Winning the Bratach Gorm in 2007
Overall Champion Piper at the Scottish Piping Society of London in 2007
First in the Former Winners MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2001 and 2011
First in the A grade MSR at the Northern Meeting in 2001
First in the MSR at the PM Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational 2002
Runner up in the Former Winners MSR at the Northern Meeting twice
Overall champion in 2002 and 2003 at the Cowal Highland Gathering
In 2003 he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting

X-TREME Drone Reeds

There are two versions of X-TREME Drone Reeds - Standard and Premium - both precision engineered to exacting standards making them extremely air efficient. 

The design profiles a carbon fibre tongue which will give you a tailored, stable and rich tone. The Premium version comes with the added benefit of being moisture resistant, and this is due to the hydrophobic nature of the material from which they are manufactured. 

X-TREME drone reeds have been engineered and tested extensively in a wide variety of bagpipes. Varying bore sizes between different makes of bagpipes and individual chanter reed strengths mean you may need to make slight adjustments to achieve the best results.



The instructions are available below to view on-line or download. Please read them before attempting to make any adjustments.

I found the X-TREME Premium Drone Reeds to be very professionally designed and made to the highest standards. Having played them in my pipes they were very easy to manage, plug in and play with a very rich, steady sound. I would highly recommend these drone reeds to anyone.
— Callum Beaumont
These reeds were very easy to set up in my pipes. They are easy to tune, take minimum air and stay in tune. The quality of sound is excellent and I would recommend these reeds for any level of piper.
— Margaret Dunn


Available for download only, RE:Tradition is a reinterpretation of the way bagpipe music is presented. Browse through this collection of original compositions complete with audio recordings of each tune.

The title of the book and its content are meant as a compliment to our tradition and many of the tunes inside do just that. Of course there are few tunes that reside outside what would be considered traditional, but as a whole the collection helps to highlight the direction that Chris has taken with his piping and music more recently.


Chris has built up a great resource of knowledge, teaching skills and styles which are available in Skype, FaceTime or in-person.

Chris has a a broad background in teaching and can cater for all levels of piping instruction, from beginner through to advanced. For more information or to ask any questions about the lessons please contact Chris using the form below.

Chris is also available for group lessons/overseas schools or pipe band workshops. For more information on these services please also use the form below to make contact and discuss your requirements.

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On-line Lessons Terms and Conditions

1. All on-line students must agree to adhere to these terms and conditions. 2. Payment for lessons is required in advance. No lessons will be undertaken for which payment is outstanding. 3. Chris Armstrong Bagpipe Products Ltd can not be held liable for any technical difficulties or service interruptions. If difficulties arise during a lesson, the lesson may be reschedule at the tutors discretion, however refunds are not available. 4. Lessons are 50 minutes in duration, 5-10 minutes of which may be used to sort technical difficulties. 5. Both parties must agree to adhere to Scots Law, with respect to this booking.