Chris has built up a wealth of experience working with and setting up nearly every make of bagpipe. This coupled with Chris’s introduction to engineering in his first employment has allowed him to develop what he believes to be a superior line of 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 here to view on-line or download. Please read them before attempting to make any adjustments to the reeds. These instructions are applicable to both versions of X-TREME drone reeds.
DAVID NAILL & CO. BAGPIPES
Chris has played David Naill bagpipes for a good number of years and has absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending their outstanding instruments. All bar one of Chris's major solo piping prizes have been won playing either a set of DN6 or DN3 bagpipes and an African Blackwood David Naill pipe chanter.
Their attention to detail and unsurpassed craftsmanship make them an excellent choice of bagpipe whether you are just starting out or have been playing for many years. The quality of this instrument is immediately obvious in their appearance and is echoed in the rich harmonics and full sound.
X-TREME Bagpipe Products can supply the full David Naill range of bagpipes and pipe chanters and each set/chanter is set up and tested personally by Chris prior to shipping. Please see below to view the range available. Pipes can be purchased as complete sets including reeds, bag cover and cord or alternatively just as drones, pipe chanter and stocks. Basically you can have whatever you would like! Prices are available on request and for queries about the pipes please use the form at the bottom of the each of the series pages.
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.
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 format.
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.
On-line Lessons Terms and Conditions
- All on-line students must agree to adhere to these terms and conditions
- Payment for lessons is required in advance. No lessons will be undertaken for which payment is outstanding.
- 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.
- Lessons are 50 minutes in duration, 5-10 minutes of which may be used to sort technical difficulties.
- Both parties must agree to adhere to Scots Law, with respect to this booking.
Here, you can see what special offers are available on X-TREME Bagpipe Products. The coupon voucher code is published next to the specific special offer. To take advantage of a particular offer simply copy and paste or type the code into the coupon voucher code box on the checkout screen and the corresponding special offer will be applied to your order.
Current Special Offers;
10% BULK ORDER DISCOUNT
10% off orders of 5 sets or over. These codes apply for Standard and Premium sets of drone reeds respectively. Copy & paste or type either of the discount codes below into the coupon code box on the checkout screen;
5 or more sets of Standard drone reeds Coupon code - BKOUIHI
5 or more sets Premium drone reeds Coupon code - NMRWMWJ
This offer is valid permanently.