Can I play birls with the a-pipes ?

Yes, totally identical to a real bagpipes chanter. It's even one of a-pipes strengths, especially compared to a practice chanter.

Is it possible to change the sounds embedded into the a-pipes (standalone use via the jack output)?

No, that's not possible. Only sounds played by the remote PC / Mac computer software can be changed.

Can a-pipes be used with a Bluetooth headset or a commercially available Bluetooth speaker?

No, the a-pipes uses Bluetooth only to communicate with the remote software (on PC, Mac or Android device).

On the other hand, it is possible to connect a commercial Bluetooth transmitter to the jack output of the a-pipes; in this case, a more or less sensitive latency time will appear between the moment of the fingering and the note heard.

Can a-pipes be used with mobile phone headsets?

No, cellphone headsets have a 4-pin jack because of the mic; the jack output of the a-pipes has only three pins.

With headphones, the volume of the a-pipes is very high, even when the sound is low.

Indeed, the a-pipes was designed to be used with standard ear buds (8 ohms) and be audible in an airplane.
If used with some headset, it could be necessary to use a male-female jack extension with potentiometer (a few euros on the WEB) to lower the sound at will.

Can a-pipes be used with any guitar amp?

Some guitar amps come into resonance when drones are in use. It's so unpleasant that one should mute drones.
The Cube by Rolland is one of the amps that sounds very well with the a-pipes.

Why does the a-pipes not contain an USB rechargeable battery?

The question is complex.
A rechargeable battery has a limited life, which means returning the instrument after a few years to change the battery.
In addition, the use of electronic devices containing a lithium battery could become prohibited in cabin on different airlines in the future; there are already restrictions on flights to the US.
For these reasons, the choice fell on an external battery, to give the user complete freedom.
... A version of a-pipes incorporating a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery by the USB is however being tested. The charging time is about half an hour and the autonomy is impressive, even when using the radio continuously (via the a-Box). To be continued ...

What is the Chinese baguette for?

The stick allows to take support on the left shoulder so that the top of the chanter can not move back, as on the real bagpipe.

Can we use any Chinese baguette?

Yes, for example the disposable chopsticks found in Asian restaurants. However, it may be necessary to adjust the tip of the wand with a knife or a knive.

Is there a functional difference between the wood version and the plastic version?

No, except that the plastic version does not have a top adapter for Chinese baguette because the wand fits directly into a conical hole in the top stock piece; the top stock piece is not removable either.

Is there a difference in quality between the wood version and the plastic version?

The wood version is robust but the chanter is slightly thicker.
The holes have half-millimeter diameters (rounded to half-millimeter higher), so slightly higher than those of standard bagpipes. We are talking here about tenths of millimeters
The exotic wood (padook) is initially orange but darks with the time and the exposure to the light, to draw on the brown chocolate in more or less long term.

The plastic chanter has the same external dimensions and hole diameters as most common bagpipes chanters (imperial units).
Its construction is obtained by 3D printing, polishing and painting.
From November 2017: great increase of the rigidity and the solidity, application of two-components polyurethane paint with the gun.

Is there a version of the remote software for iPhone / iPad?

No, the iOS system is not supported. No development planned.

The a-pipes play the sound of two gaitas and support the fingerings of the Seivane gaïta, but the diameter of the holes and their position are those of the Scottish bagpipe. What to do ?

It would be quite possible to produce a real size "gaïta" plastic chanter, provided that there is sufficient demand. Contact us if you are interested.

With all the other electronic chanters, I have trouble playing at night, when my fingers dry. Will I have this issue with the a-pipes?

No never.

Does a-pipes work in absolute darkness, despite its optical technology?

Yes perfectly.

It also works in environments with atypical brightness (full sun, strobes, spotlight ...).

Can I use the a-pipes mounted on my bagpipes bag?

Yes, just adjust a-pipes top end vith hemp to fit into you bag's stock.

It is then possible to play in real position. You even can blow into the bag because the a-pipes let leak as much air as bagipes set with three drones. It is also possible to prevent air leak with an adhesive tape.