Martin Gallen, winner of the Strabane Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business of the Year 2014 and the 2012 R.L.O Mealy Pipemaking Scholarship and author of 'Reedmaking by Martin Gallen' proudly presents a fantastic range of high quality reeds, reed making tools, sundries, instrument cases, bellows, pipe making tools and pipe maintenance products all hand made in Ireland to the highest standard. Banba Design provide top quality reeds for any chanter without the need to send the chanter by post.
I provide practice sets, half sets, 3/4 sets and full sets email me for details email@example.com and I will also make components for existing sets and will restore or repair any set in a state of disfunction, disrepair or general disarray.
My reeds are played throughout the world and my customers are always satisfied with the results.
I custom build all hard cases for any instrument and I have a few standard pipe case sizes, if you need a specific size just let me know and I will be happy to accommodate you. All cases are made to the highest standard and are robust and very hard wearing.
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Reed making classes and instruction are available any time online via Skype or by calling to my workshop just email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking enquiry
I am terrible at taking pictures of my work, both in remembering to do it and in the fact that my photography sucks.
Here are some pictures of some of the thing I remembered to photograph.
Nice Bellows in my favourite timber Spalted Beech. Just look at the grain pure class
This is a lovely C chanter I made for Jason Rouse. Bit of history with this one. The wood came from the old linen mill where I once worked. I had the two keys engraved with the names of the two wings of the mill Mourne and Derg
I never had the chance to take time out to make myself a set of pipes so I decided it was high time I start. This is a D chanter in Ebony and Boxwood, it truly is a lovely stick.
Can't remember who this one was for but it was class. Nice D chanter in Ebony
Nice Ebony halfset with Spalted Beech stock, nearly done.
I loved this set, really sad to see it go. Ebony and Boxwood half set
The set I made for Liam O Maonlai. Ebony and Boxwood
A few random shots of works in progress
I get loads of people landing at my door, one of the aspects of my work I enjoy most. I don't always remember to take photos
of my visitors but here are some of the ones I did.
This is Armour Kennedy from Culleybackey, my eldest customer. I met him when I was playing at the Fleadh in Derry and he fell
in love with the pipes. He asked me to make him a set and here he is ready to rock. Great man to meet.
Another great man to meet (and a Star Wars man too) This is Chris Horgan (The Ferrymen) from Western Australia.
Chris is pictured here with the half set I made for him in Ebony, Brass, Imitation Ivory and a Spalted Beech Stock.
This is Jason Rouse who now lives in Wales but used to live near me here in Strabane. Jason was taught pipes by Noel Devine who also teaches me. Chris is here with the old set (purchased at auction) I restored for him. I made a Boxwood C chanter for him to go with this set.
It was fantastic to see this character again. This is James Mc Cafferty (old school friend of mine) now based in Dublin and a member of the Garda Band. A fine musician and I am positive he will make a fine piper.
This man barely needs an introduction, Liam O Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) one of my childhood heroes and here he is with a practice set I made for him in Ebony and Boxwood.
After a long night of liquid refreshment, great craic
This is Thierry Dusset from Switzerland. Thierry has come over to visit me a few times, lovely man. Here he is with a half set of pipes in Ebony and Boxwood. This set has a special meaning to me for personal reasons, I am always sad to see my work leave me but even more so with this set. I can take comfort in the fact that it is in very good hands.
I have had the pleasure of this man's company a few times now too. Tony Bowers (former Simply Red Bassist and Punk God) now based in Tuscany Tony brought his Arie De Keyser set in for repair and reeds and ended up taking a set of Banba (semi automatic bellows)
Thanks Martin, best work I've seen ever
Paddy Keenan on the restoration of his Rowsome set
I went to visit Banba, Martin Gallen's pipes workshop in Strabane last Saturday. He had a chanter, Bellows and bag ready for mewhen I got to his place in Hollyhill. Top class craftsmanship from the brass to the leather and wood and because he is a piper himself there is a great attention to detailand to the needs of the player. He has committed to support me through teaching and pipe care and I have committed to getting to grips with a beast of an instrument plus modern technology allows us to have classes online. Leona and Martin made us more than welcome at their place. I will be sharing more on my blog.
Liam O Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers and musical genius)
Martin Gallen of Banba Design is a pleasure to deal with. He answers quickly, made and sent his product quickly and it is of extremely good quality (in my case a custom made reamer according to the SRS'smeasurements of the Kenna narrow D chanter
Hans Jorg Podworny
Jackie Boyce (www.pipebagmaker.com)
Martin have made some of the best reeds I ever played on my Froment's Chanter! His reeds are fantastic! He is very kind to make business and as some other already have wrote, he was prompt to respond to my enquiries and was not few! ;P
Alex Navar (Brazil)
Mr Gallen offers an excellent range and quality of items for Uilleann Pipers. He was prompt to respond to my enquiries about winders for reedmaking and provided me with an excellent winder of outstanding quality for a very reasonable price. I hope to do business with him again and have no hesitation in recommending his supplies to other players and reedmakers
Dr. S.L. Johnson MB, ChB
Thanks for sending the reeds. They sound sweet and beautifully voiced. Great support and great packaging it's a pleasure doing business with you sir
Patrick Shaughnessy USA
"With Banba Design, Martin Gallen is doing the piping world a great service. From reeds and reedmaking tools to general accessories and custom built cases, the range of products and accessories on sale here - made to a very high standard at reasonable prices - will be invaluable to anyone playing uilleann pipes. The reedmaking equipment in particular is something I haven't seen on general sale before and many of these products previously had to be self-made or custom ordered from a friendly pipemaker. Having these items readily available should encourage pipers to begin to tackle the art of reedmaking and having the right tools from the start will make some of the difficult early steps a bit easier. I got myself a very nice, compact case too, which I would recommend for anyone trying to negotiate budget airlines with strict carry-on policies. I hope the site is a big success."
Cillian Vallely, Lunasa