Kevin O Connor, Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland – Full Set in Ebony and Brass.

“I was initially introduced to Andy Faden about 8 years ago by Cillian O Briain when I was looking to change my pipes from a 30 year old Bruce Du Ve Set that I had been playing since a teenager. What is so wonderful about my Andy Faden pipes is the clarity of design and the pure elegant engineering that makes everything perform to optimum efficiency at all times. Andy then combines this clarity and elegant beauty with a quite staggering brilliance of reed making that then transforms the instrument to make such a full powerful and clean sound. The drones are strong and unmistakable, the regulators are a church organ in full song and the chanter reed is a joy to be able to achieve your highest ambitions or just your simple aspirations. I could not recommend Andy Faden highly enough as a man and a master pipe maker of which he just excels in both roles.

The purchase of my pipes 7 years ago changed me as a musician after 30 years of piping, it allowed me to soar into a new realm and made me love playing music again into my years ,,,”

Pip Nabb-Osbourne, Somerset, UK – Full Set in Ebony and Brass.

“From the initial approach regarding a buying a half set of pipes through to upgrading to a full set a couple of years later, I’ve received first class service from Andy.  He has always been on hand to advise and service my pipes and even to speedily replace a bass regulator reed which I accidentally split.  My pipes suit me. They are not too hard work and the chanter tone is pleasing without being too loud. The drones and regulators don’t dominate the overall sound either. Several professional pipers have remarked favourably on their sound quality which is the best accolade to have. “

John Devine, Hertfordshire, UK.

"A friend of mine has a full set of Andy's pipes, and I can honestly say its the best balanced and tuned set I have ever played. He's also a great man for a reed, I'm still playing the chanter reed he made for my Dave William's set, and it's as sweet and as bright as the day I picked it up 6 years ago."

Paul Hancock, Reading, UK – Full Set in Ebony and Brass.

“A few years ago when St Alban's Pipers Club had an open day, I went along and was given a Faden practice set to try. Even to a beginner they played nicely and I felt encouraged to take up the pipes. In later visits to St Alban's I noticed that several people played Faden sets and that they were all happy with them which made it an easy decision to order a set from Andy.

I have now had my Faden set for a couple of years and am delighted with them. Andy is always happy to help if you need any advice.”

Paul Chedgey, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK – Chanter in Ebony and Brass, Full Set on order.

“I picked up my chanter from Andy about six months ago and I can honestly say it's sensational!
Shortly before starting to make it Andy sat me down in his kitchen with a cup of tea and asked me exactly what I wanted in the instrument. I explained I had three requirements, that it sounded nice, was in tune and was easy to fill. Well he met all of those and more besides.
Over the months the reed has settled nicely and it has become very responsive, slipping into the higher octave easily. It's taken me a little while to get used to the scoops but now I find I can't put the chanter down and as a consequence I have added considerably to my repertoire of tunes. I'm finding that I'm playing tunes easily that I've always struggled with in the past.
I love the sound it makes, no words can describe it, it's crisp and clear and yet it has a richness and warmth. It's in concert pitch and for me the volume is about right, I think it's safe to say that in a crowded session I wouldn't go unnoticed. I went for the twist stop mechanism {concealed style stop key} instead of the {traditional style} stop key, which works well and means the chanter looks stunning as well as feeling balanced and light. I’ve been playing the pipes for about 35 years, after such a long time it's amazing to have chanter that is so thrilling to play. I am delighted with it. To boot it is bang in tune.”

Mark Kesby, Gwynedd, Wales, UK – Full Set in English Boxwood and Brass.

"I came across Andy by chance and when I met him he had not long been making pipes, though he had been a player and reed maker for some years. I was impressed with not only his craftsmanship, attention to detail and innovation but also his enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge. I have had a set of Andy's pipes since about 2006 and have upgraded them over the years from a practice to a full set. They are a joy to play and have produced many compliments from other players who have tried them and musicians who have heard them. So from my experience I am more than happy to recommend Andy if you are thinking of buying a set."

Roger Scofield, Norfolk, England, UK – Full Set in Ebony and Brass.

“I was recommended to Andy Faden as a excellent pipe maker by Lucy DeLap a fine piper from Cambridge.  I had previously owned two sets of pipes from different makers, a half set and a full set and they needed a lot of maintenance particularly regarding air tightness. This necessitated costly journeys and being without the pipes. I asked Andy to make me a half set in brass and ebony which he duly did on time! They were a revelation! Great tone and a joy to play. Andy added regs later. I have had them about 8 years and the bag and bellows have NEVER leaked! I play in sessions and a ceilidh band and they have never let me down. I just take them out of the case, tune and play. They are so reliable. I have no hesitation in recommending Andy's pipes as fine instruments.”

Nick 'Nero' Wright, Cambridge, UK – Full Set in Macassar Ebony and Brass.

“I was fortunate enough to try one of Andy's first ever chanters and was so impressed that I only reluctantly gave it back. As time went by and I upgraded my practise set to a half set I still wanted one of Andy's chanters. Finally I reached the point where I could handle a full set of pipes and after talking it over with a very helpful Andy, {he} added my name to his waiting list. Time passed and finally I received a phone call letting me know I was top of the list. Throughout the build (I prefer creation) Andy was exceptionally helpful and co-operative; from letting me choose the wood (Macassar Ebony) down to any detailing I would require. I opted for a keyed chanter and also wanted a "Stop Key" fitted but as Andy didn't have a stop key at that time I decided to go with what he had and fit one later. This was not necessary however as Andy proceeded to design one and met my requirements to the full.  As I lived within a reasonable distance to his workshop I even had visiting rights to see different stages of my set's creation.  

Finally my pipes were ready and they have been the best thing I have ever purchased. Good tone, rock steady drones, regs that hardly need to be touched all continue to give me pleasure every time I play.  Thank you Andy Faden for a wonderful set of pipes.”

Brett Hirsch, Perth, Western Australia – Full Set in Ebony and Brass.

"I'd heard good things about Andy's pipes, so when an opportunity to visit the workshop arose in 2013 I took it. I was instantly impressed, and commissioned a full set on the spot. The chanter sings, and is well balanced with the drones and regulators. Andy's design is sophisticated and elegant, and the result is as beautiful to play as to look at. Wherever I travel, I receive compliments about the set and how it sounds at sessions. Andy's commitment to customer service is also top-notch -- since he builds pipes full-time, I've never had trouble contacting him, while the pipes were being built and long after when I have questions about maintenance. Overseas buyers should also rest assured that their orders will be securely packed -- mine reached me in Perth, at the opposite end of the globe, safe and sound. I love my Faden set, and recommend Andy's pipes to anyone without reservation."

Jim O'Hara, purchased for his son Conor – Full Set in Ebony, Brass, with Cherry rings and endplugs.

"Three years ago I purchased a half set of pipes from Andy for my son who was 15 years old at the time. He was delighted with them and two years later Andy made the regulators for him to complete the set. He was most professional and helpful during [the] whole process and has been readily available for help and advice subsequently. We are delighted with the result and the craftsmanship and care which has gone into the making of the pipes - they not only look great but also have a great tone and sound. I am very happy to highly recommend Andy to anyone seeking to have a set of pipes made."