Praetorius, in his Syntagma Musicum, depicts small bagpipes called Himmelchen (bumblebee). My interpretation is a soft, sweet-sounding pipe which balances recorders and makes a good "apartment" pipe. Its chanter is fingered like a tenor recorder and its one drone is adjustable to match the tonic of the melody.
The iconographic evidence demonstrates the great diversity of bagpipes, so please contact me about making pipes to cater to your needs. For example, I have made pipes inspired by the illuminations in the Cantigas de Sancta Maria manuscript, complete with chanter and drone speaking through steer horns. In another special project, a teacher of Catalan bagpipes in Barcelona wanted me to make pipes for his students to practice at home since the actual bagpipe is very loud. I designed a chanter at the correct pitch that "fingers" like the real thing.
All pipes are offered in a variety of woods, with ornamental mounts (real or faux horn) at extra cost. The bag is cow or goat leather. While cane reeds can last a long time if kept happy through regular daily playing, I am also developing plastic substitutes.
For information about the Catalan medieval ensemble SENDEBAR, featuring my bagpipes, please visit http://www.sendebar.org