Monday, February 4th, 2013
If you thought our post last week about a young man becoming a YouTube superstar playing a musical instrument made of PVC plastic plumbing pipes was a bit off-beat, what can we possibly say about bagpipes made of PVC pipes? Aye, bagpipes.
In the previous post I mentioned that a variety of PVC-pipe musical instruments have been designed, built, and are being played by do-it-yourselfer musicians. However, I think a PVC pipe version of bagpipes takes this phenomenon to another level. And lest you think I’m being sarcastic, I like bagpipe music.
Actually, the bagpipes shown at right made by Scott Martin and Todd Medema are almost entirely plastic. Besides the PVC tubes used for the chanter (the flute-like part the musician fingers) and the drone pipes, the bag of the instrument is a plastic shopping bag, and the components are held together by the handyman’s best friend, duct tape.
I’m not sure what you think duct tape is made of, but it’s largely plastic, predominantly polyethylene. These bagpipes are an excellent example of recycling
and reusing plastics. In this case, plumbing pipes are being reused to create a musical instrument.
Below is a YouTube video showing Martin playing the pipes he helped build. Several comments on the YouTube site say that the chanter, the tube that is fingered like a flute, is excellent, but they also say the drones are quite out of tune. Take a listen and judge for yourself. One thing is certain: It sounds like a bagpipe.