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David Naill Bagpipes

David Naill & Co.

A Great Bagpipe Begins With The Maker


A great piper needs the right combination of training, experience, and ability, the same is true of bagpipe makers. To understand why David Naill bagpipes are so coveted, you must first know the company's uncommon history. Bagpipe maker Leslie Cowell began his career as an apprentice to the famous London bagpipe maker Henry Starck. The Starck family made bagpipes and other instruments for several generations, and Les worked there from 1946 to 1955. Starck bagpipes were widely known for exceptional tone and workmanship. Later on Les worked for instrument makers Boosey and Hawkes, and in 1976 he opened David Naill & Co.


Setting new standards of excellence. Les Cowell's years of training and experience as an instrument maker went into the design and manufacture of his bagpipes. In the beginning years of the company David Naill set new standards of excellence and expectation in the way bagpipes are finished — from exquisite turning and bores, precise beading and combing, to the finest hand engraved metalwork from in-house silversmiths. From early on Les diligently sought input from champion players on what makes for the best-sounding instrument. And throughout the years since, his bagpipes have been the result of the marriage of unsurpassed craftsmanship with the master player's ear — bagpipes both equal in beauty and harmonics.


An unequalled competitive record. When Les started the company in 1976, almost immediately David Naill products were enthusiastically embraced by the piping community. He become known for producing bagpipes and smallpipes with precision tooling and unequalled craftsmanship. Both bagpipes and chanters were coveted by high-level competitors. The Naill chanter became the choice of the vast majority of solo pipers, and from the 1970s to present day, most solo prizes in top competitions have been won on Naill chanters. Year after year the reputations of many current masters were molded on these exceptional instruments.

DN0

The DN0 model is elegant in its simplicity.

With wood button mounts instead of projecting mounts, the drones have a narrower profile.The wood and nickel contrast wonderfully, while the smaller amount of metal makes polishing faster.This entry-level Naill model sounds exactly like a full engraved silver set.

It's an elegant and affordable introduction to David Naill bagpipes.

DN0a and DN0b

he DN0A and DN0B have a simple sleek profile that is only contrasted by the abundance of nickel.

Beaded nickel ferrules, ring caps, and slides(DN0B) make these models shine.

The imitation ivory adds that extra character and sophistication.

These models sound exactly like a full engraved silver set and are a wonderful introduction to David Naill & Co. bagpipes.


DN1

The DN1 set has a simple, classic styling and craftsmanship.

Another wonderful entry-level instrument, but with imitation ivory projecting mounts to provide a more traditional appearance.

The wood and nickel contrast wonderfully, while the smaller amount of metal makes polishing faster.


DN2

The DN2 model shines of nickel, nicely balanced with imitation ivory projecting mounts.

Nickel slides, ferrules and ring caps, along with imitation ivory projecting mounts give this instrument a high-end, finished look.


DN2E

he DN2E is a beautiful model, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous metalwork. 

Previously engraving was only done on silver models, but the use of machine engraved nickel mounts allows for fantastic aesthetic details in a more affordable price range.

All of the engraving - ferrules, slides, ring caps, and chanter band - make for a striking instrument.


DN3ES

The DN3ES is a special edition set.

It is stunning in full imitation ivory, with premium-quality Sterling Silver hand engraved tuning slides.

This fully-mounted imitation ivory set has a classic, traditional look, and the engraved slides add for an extra level of elegance and personality


DN4

The DN4A model features plain, hallmarked Sterling silver and comes standard with a Blackwood pipe chanter silver band.

This model adds beaded sterling silver ring caps and silver mouthpiece tube.

We exclusively use .925 Sterling silver for this model. Even without engraving the quality shines in the silver mounts.No metal gives off or maintains a sheen like sterling silver, and these pipes are among the most attractive in the business.

A light polishing with a silver cloth once a month will keep this set shining like new in perpetuity.


DN5a Half Silver

The DN5A model comes in African Blackwood with hand engraved sterling silver ferrules,slides and ringcaps - with plain silver projecting mounts.. The styling of this "full silver" set is the epitome of the classic bagpipe look.All the hand engraved ferrules, slides, ring caps and mouthpiece tube, plus plain ivory projecting mounts, make this set a bagpipe to cherish forever.

We exclusively use .925 Sterling silver for this model.


DN5b Half Silver

The DN5b model comes in African Blackwood with hand engraved Sterling silver. The styling of this "half silver" set is the epitome of the classic bagpipe look. Everything about this set is top quality, and the hand-cut silverwork is superb. All the hand engraved ferrules, slides, ring caps and mouthpiece tube, plus imitation ivory projecting mounts, make this set a bagpipe to cherish forever. We exclusively use .925 Sterling silver for this model
 Price on request only


DN6 Full Silver Set

The DN6 is their premiere set. It is both majestic and powerful, showcasing the best craftsmanship and metalwork we offer.

These are top of the line David Naill pipes, fully mounted with hand engraved Sterling silver.

We exclusively use .925 Sterling silver for this model. Included are full silver mouthpiece and chanter sole - both made from a solid piece.

Our projecting mounts are made from thick walled castings which are machined and then turned by hand to finish – they are not filled.

The weight of the Sterling silver on this set is approximately 1.35 kgs/2.98 lbs

Price on request only