Martin Gallen, winner of the Strabane Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business of the Year 2014, Growth Through Export 2015 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, bellows, pipe making tools and pipe maintenance products all hand made in Ireland to the highest standard. 

All components of my work are hand made by me in house none of my work is bought in from other makers.

Bags are hand stitched by me using the method taught to me by Jackie Boyce.

All my work is inspired by the past Masters Leo Rowsome, Coyne, Egan and O Mealy.

I 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 

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.


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Reed making classes and instruction are available any time online via Skype or by calling to my workshop just email to make a booking enquiry


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

I have purchased items from Martin for some of my own customers over the 
past year and everyone of them have come back to say how pleased they are 
with them. After contacting Martin they told me they were impressed by 
his knowledge and enthusiasm on reed making. I was very impressed on his 
work of refurbishing the Rowsome set of pipes belonging to Paddy Keenan, 
true craftsmanship.
Jackie Boyce (

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

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Uilleann pipes available in D, C, C Sharp, B, Bb Various timbers available. Uilleann regulators are also available on request and quotes will be given based on the brief.
Reedmaking Classes

Reedmaking Classes

Instructional reed making classes online via Skype must have Skype on your PC. Charged per hour.


Reeds for any chanter just specify chanter type and required reed size. Satisfaction guaranteed

Reed Making

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