Susato Tabor Pipes

Pipe and Tabor Players from the 13th Century illuminated manuscript, "Cantigas de Santa Maria"

Instruction books for Tabor-Pipes are listed below.

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Three-holed pipes for one-handed playing are known in many parts of the world since Medieval times. Tabor-Pipes and Txirula/Txistus have two finger- holes in front and one thumb-hole in the back. The instruments are designed to be played with one hand, so that the other hand is free to play a tabor-drum, a stringed-tambour, or hurdy-gurdy. The only difference between a Tabor-Pipe and a Txirula or Txistu is the diameter and position of the three tone holes and the musical scale resulting from that difference. Both types can produce a contiguous scale of one octave and a fifth, ample range for any folktune!

Some people manage to play two 3-hole pipes simultaneously. It is possible to play contiguous scales because the pipes are designed to allow the playing of a series of five or more harmonics, using the three tone-holes only for filling in those notes that are not part of the harmonic series. The Tabor-Pipe plays a major scale beginning with a sequence of: whole-tone, whole-tone, whole-tone.

The Basque Txirula / Txistu plays a Dorian scale beginning with a sequence of: whole-tone, whole-tone, semi-tone. The useful contiguous scale always begins on the first harmonic, one octave higher than the fundamental. A thumbrest, fingering chart, joint grease and a vinyl carrying pouch are included in the price of the Garland Tabor-Pipes.

For a limited time, try a 1-piece TUNEABLE -V- Series Tabor Pipe with Pitch Pocket adjustment screw. To read more about our Pitch Pocket design, click here.

   Product   Price   Purchase 
Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipes
1300 - Taboriole Tabor-Pipe in -c"- (Pitch-Adjustable, 2-Piece Model)   $40.00  
1302 - Taboriole Tabor-Pipe in -Bb'- (Pitch-Adjustable, 2-Piece Model)   $40.00  
1304 - Taboriole Tabor-Pipe in -a'- (Pitch-Adjustable, 2-Piece Model)   $40.00  
1306 - Taboriole Tabor-Pipe in -g'- (Pitch-Adjustable, 2-Piece Model)   $40.00  
1308 - Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Set of one Head Section with 4 Body Sections for playing in -C-, -Bb-, -A- and -G-.   $98.50  
1310 - Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Head Section only   $24.00  
1312- Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Body Section only, for playing in -c"-   $16.00  
1314 - Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Body Section only, for playing in -Bb'-   $16.00  
1316 - Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Body Section only, for playing in -a'-   $16.00  
1318 - Taboriole Model Tabor-Pipe Body Section only, for playing in -g'-   $16.00  
Garland Model -V- Series Tabor-Pipes
1400 - Garland Model -V- Series Tabor-Pipe in -Eb"-, tunable two-sections   $51.00  
1402 - Garland Model -V- Series Tabor-Pipe in -d"-, tunable, two sections.   $51.00  
1404 - Garland Model -V- Series Tabor-Pipe in -c"-, tunable, two sections   $51.00  
1406 - Garland Model -V- Series Tabor-Pipe Set of one Head Section and 3 Body Sections for playing in -Eb"-, -d"-, & -c"-.   $80.00  
Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipes
1410 - Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipe in -c"-, tunable, two sections   $53.00  
1412- Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipe in -Bb"-, tunable, two sections   $53.00  
1414- Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipe in -a'-, tunable, two sections   $53.00  
1416- Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipe in -g'-, tunable, two sections   $53.00  
1418 - Garland Model -S- Series Tabor-Pipe Set of one Head Section and 3 Body Sections for playing in -c"-, -Bb'-, -a'- & -g'-   $114.00  
Garland Model -M- Series Tabor-Pipes
1450 - Garland Model -M- Series Tabor-Pipe in -f'-, tunable, two sections   $82.90  
1452 - Garland Model -M- Series Tabor-Pipe in -e'-, tunable, two sections   $82.90  
1454- Garland Model -M- Series Tabor-Pipe in -d'-, tunable, two sections. The Head Section is available in the usual "straight" shape, or, like many tenor and bass recorders, with the "knick" shape.   $82.90  
Method and Music for Tabor-Pipes
0988 - Companions Five, by George Kelischek, Instruction Book for Tabor-Pipes Susato Press Edition: MSF25C   $11.95  
Tabor Drums
4002 - Pipe and Tabor Drum Outfit   $64.75  
4004 - Double-Sided 9" Tabor Drum with Snares, Beater and Strap   $46.50  
4006 - 12" Double-Sided Tabor Drum with Snares, Beater and Strap   $54.50