PitchGuard Split-Stock System

$ 105.00

beneficial to all pipers and at all levels

so useful, it may well become a standard issue in the future



A McCallum Bagpipes. split-stock incorporating a patented PitchGuard™.  

It is a fully mechanical, multi-faceted system that cocoons your chanter reed and offers both tonal stability and physical protection. 

The split-stock protects the chanter reed from harm and allows for easy installation in any pipe bag. Once your chanter reed is set inside the stock it need not be removed for days or even weeks - see the video.

The PitchGuard™ makes a great internal reed cap. Shut off completely between sets to encase the reed in warmth and moisture. This will aid in keeping the chanter reed stable for longer during breaks in play. see video 

The valve cut off allows you to tune the drones without interference and to re-tune the drones very quickly - see video. 

Being able to cut off the chanter is a great help to students. Practice marching and/or blowing tone without having to worry about fingering. They might participate in performances quite quickly as they can turn the chanter off whenever they need to rest or they don't know/forget a tune – even in the middle of a parade - see video.  

It will also, if you choose, prevent any overblowing of the chanter reed by regulating the amount of air pressure coming through the chanter - see video.  

The PitchGuard™ Split-Stock System has more than one function and is beneficial to all pipers and at all levels. It can be used differently in different situations.

Best of all it is fully mechanical. No charging up. No plugging in. No trying to find signal.  It works everywhere and in all weather conditions. Install it once and your PitchGuard™ Split-Stock System will be there for your entire bagpipe journey – wherever that might take you. 

To ensure best results please watch this short video on how to use the lever correctly 

Your Chanter Stock PitchGuard Split-Stock
Close off the chanter
NO YES
Close chanter to tune drones
NO YES
Store reed without removing from chanter
NO YES
Prepare reed without removing
NO YES
Keep reeds stable during breaks in play
NO YES
Re-tune quickly right before performance
NO YES
Regulate air pressure reaching the chanter reed
NO YES
Play softer reeds by regulating air pressure
NO YES
Help softer reeds last longer by regulating air pressure
NO YES
Guards against nervous overblowing
NO YES
Allows for great attacks
NO YES
Close off the chanter to practice marching and staying in step
NO YES
Close off the chanter to practice blowing tone whilst marching
NO YES
Close off chanter to take a break during parade (just blow the drones for a bit)
NO YES
Allow new band members to be part of the performance before they know all the tunes (turn off chanter during unknown tunes)
NO YES