Duct Tape Bagpipes

Duct Tape Bagpipes

Looking to build your own instrument out of plumbing and tape? [Scott] made his own set of Membrane Bagpipes out of PVC pipes, a plastic bag, and duct tape.

Bagpipes are made out of a few parts. The drones are pipes that are tuned to play a single note. They are tuned by the fixed length of the pipe. The chanter is a tube with finger holes. This lets you play various notes depending on which holes you cover. The blowpipe is used to fill the bag with air that will pass through the membranes on the drones and chanter. Finally, there’s the bag which stores air.

[Scott]‘s build uses PVC for the drones and chanter. The membranes are made out of cut up bits of plastic bags. Some crafty duct tape work makes up the bag, and seals it on to the various parts. A check valve is used to stop warm, duct tape flavoured air from blowing back into your mouth.

It’s pretty amazing what people can do with a few rolls of duct tape. The pipes aren’t exactly in tune, but they certainly work. Check out a video of them in action after the break.


  1. Rakyth says:

    Ah, the sound of a thousand dying cattle.

    Sounds pretty good; considering the construction. Great job.

  2. garym53 says:

    That’ll do me… Hackaday has finally reached the bottom of the barrel… it’s all up from here on.

  3. left says:

    Seriously when are people going to realise how dangerous PVC piping is in these builds . This could easily shatter and cut someone when they stomp on it.

  4. Galane says:

    Bagpipes and “in tune” should never appear in the same internet, let alone an article, paragraph or sentence.

    • redbat says:

      A true gentleman is one who knows how to play the bagpipes, but doesn’t.

    • Rob says:

      Perfect pitch is defined as “throwing the bagpipes down a well without hitting any banjos on the way to the bottom”.

      • Rob says:

        That said, I love bagpipes. Well played, they’re a thing of visceral beauty. Poorly played and even deaf cats want to gouge their eardrums out.

        • andar_b says:

          One thing most people don’t recognize is they’re NOT MEANT TO BE PLAYED INDOORS. I can only imagine how beautiful it would sound heard over the Scottish highlands. In an auditorium… not so much.

          And it would certainly help if no piper would ever, ever play Amazing Grace again.

          • josh says:

            Actually, there is a type of bagpipes called “chamber pipes” with a mellower, muted sound that are designed to be played inside. Like the larger ones that sound too harsh when played inside, chamber pipes sound off-key and not loud enough outside.

  5. jvr says:

    Yes please

  6. Roger says:

    Is there even a bag? Shouldn’t the notes be constant and not have a gap when you breathe? It looks like the tube goes direct to the chanter and drones in this video.

  7. soopergooman says:

    Red Green would be so proud. Also the pressure inside is nt enough to make it explode and remember the old saying, if you dont have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Seriously Hack A Day should remove trolls such as yourselves from being able to comment anymore.

  8. RD says:

    I think the real issue is that he is went off the reservation and built just bag pipes. If the bagpipes could at least shoot something out of the drones, and/or have an arduino controller for the bagpipe/fire mechanism then we’d at least be in the ballpark. As it stands, I cannot endorse this build for HD.

  9. Rick Autry says:

    Dying Cattle? Work harder, Sir. It requires much less personal effort to just superglue a few cat’s tails together. It’s much more fun to ring and run with a decent bit of time for escape.

  10. JS says:

    Scott, you are amazing! Very nice work!

  11. Carl Blum says:

    Hi: May I suggest the blatter bags from boxed wine? They also use similar bags for milk. Tougher stuff than most bags and only a small hole. Carl.

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