The faces of Ukulele and More


This type of ascetic, now played mainly in Macedonia and Thrace, used to be played in other mainland Greece. It is called bagpipe, bagpipe, donkey or kaida. It is usually made by the one who plays it in different sizes and consists of the bag, the mouthpiece and two tubes.

Many Faces of Bagpipe

For asci, commonly called tulum, tomari, leather or coza, the same applies to tsabouna on skin type, processing, binding, maintenance and repair. Usually, that is, goat or sheer skin and rare sheep are used. The skin should be whole and not torn at the neck or other part. The skin is specially treated so that it does not rot and is soft and white when dry. After the war, when they found it, they also used donkey skin for its size and durability. The bagpipe is generally larger compared to the island’s tsabouna. Now the best practice chanter is there now.

The Important Component

The components of the bagpipe, the mouthpiece and the two tubes are not tied directly to the bag but are fitted, each, to the headboard, a base of wood or bone (horn) permanently tied to the bag. The mouthpiece, a cylindrical or conical tube made of wood, bone or rod from which the gentian blows and fills the bag with air, has a length – along with the part of the wooden or bony base that is outside the bag – from 12, about, up to 20 cm once. The mouthpiece is called a blower, blower, blower, blower, blower, flip flop, double, double, pipini, etc.

The Use of the Flutes

The two flutes, as well as the mouthpiece, are made of various woods, usually from almonds, skulls, apricots, cicadas, etc. The long tube, usually in three pieces, one inside the other, has a length of about 50, up to 70, sometimes more, centimeters. Without holes and with a trunk with a single percussive tongue (clarinet type), adapted to the piece that is close to the bag, it gives a single flute. The inner cylindrical opening of this tube is not always the same along its entire length. 

In the last part it is often more open and forms a funnel or the opposite, narrower, “so that the voice does not scatter”. It is cylindrical and straight or ends in a funnel, sometimes small and sometimes larger that turns and forms a blunt angle with the tube of the lumen. At the top of the cylindrical tube, where it joins the bag, a bib with a single percussive tongue (clarinet type) is fitted. The holes in the cylindrical tube of the tube are relatively equal to each other. However, they do not have the same dimensions and often differ in their shape: the large ones are egg-shaped and the small ones are round. You can go for the best ukulele brands for professionals  there.


Small holes, one or two, that are never pressed by the fingers but “are for the voice”, such as those on the glass and the trumpet, are often opened on the sides of the rotating funnel or at the bottom of the same cylindrical tube of the lumen. A small round hole is also often drilled between the second and third, bottom, hole, in the back of the same cylindrical tube.