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 (www.pipebagmaker.com)
Martin has 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!
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