Gaita Gallega

Gaita originates not exclusively from Galicia and has its roots also in Asturias as well as the eastern part of Leon province. It consists of a chanter (punteiro) with a double reed, similar to the one of an oboe (made of cane) and one or two drones. Those are usually the base (ronco) and the tenor (ronqueta), tuned in one octave. Bass drone rests on the shoulder of a piper (gaitero) and tenor comes from the other side of the bag and rests on the forearm. Unlike the chanter, the drones have single reeds similar to the ones of a clarinet and can be made either traditionally of cane or modern synthetic materials. The chanter has a wide conical bore, seven finger holes in the front and one thumb hole in the back. In the bell part of the chanter there are three vent holes for stabilising the air flow.

In our workshop we make Gaita Gallega in three main keys – D, C and B flat.  Watch on YouTube [ 2 ]


 Gaita gallega redonda, design: “Compostela Premium”

Pitch C 440Hz
Three drones: chillon - G, tenor-C, bass-Bb/C/D
Compostela design based on traditional baroque Galician designs.

Wood: African blackwood.
Mounts: imitation ivory.
Ferrules: bronze.
Tuning pins: bronze.
Drone caps: imitation ivory, bronze.
Bushings: imitation ivory.
Chanter sole: imitation ivory, bronze.
Bag: GoreTex/hide with T-zip.
Cover: velvet, silk cord and fringe.
Fringe: silk.
Tassels: African blackwood, silk.




Gaita gallega redonda, design: “Delichon”

Pitch C 440Hz
tenor-C, bass-C/D
Delichon design with traditional lines on the drones
and stocks based on traditional Galician and Asturian
designs of the XX century.

Wood: blackwood.
Mounts: bronze.
Ferrules: imitation horn.
Drone caps: imitation horn.
Bushings: imitation horn.
Bag: hide, inner stiched.
Cover: velvet, silk cord, fringe.
Tassel: blackwood, silk.



 

Gaita gallega, design: “Oriolus”

Pitch C 440Hz

Two drones: tenor-C, bass-C/D
Oriolus design based on traditional baroque Galician designs

Wood: Boxwood
Tuning pins; bronze
Ferrules: bronze
Bushings: bronze
Drone caps: briar
Mounts: ebonite
Bag: GoreTex
Cover: velvet, cotton fabric, silk cord, fringe
Reeds: fiberglass (drones), cane (chanter)

 



Gaita gallega, design: “Sylvia”

Pitch C 440Hz

Wood: Boxwood
Ferrules & Drone caps: ebonite
Bag: cow skin, inner stitch
Cover: velvet, cotton fabric, silk cord, fringe
Reeds: cane


 Gaita gallega thumbal, design: “Epiornis”

Pitch Bb 440Hz

Two drones: tenor-Bb, bass-Bb
Epiornis design based on traditional Galician designs

Wood: Boxwood
Tuning pins: stainless steel
ferrules: ebonite
Drone caps: ebonite
Bag: GoreTex
Cover: velvet, silk cord, fringe
Reeds: fiberglass (drones), cane (chanter)
Gaita Thumbal


Also you can order for your Gaita the following:



C” Chanter for Gaita Gallega: it has authentic middle age design and was made for “Musica Radicum” music band in summer, 2008.