- James B. Kopp
(b Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Oct 8, 1945). Dutch maker of bagpipes and other historical woodwind instruments. Largely self-taught as a maker, he fashioned instruments from household objects (cigar-box lutes, flutes from electrical conduit, etc.) from the age of six. His parents sent him at the age of ten to a course of the Dutch Pipers Guild, whose members made simple flutes of natural cane (Arundo donax). Beekhuizen worked as a printer for six years and trained to be a social worker. At the age of 30 he decided to become a professional woodwind maker and in 1977 established a workshop in The Hague. Here he makes a wide variety of bagpipes, including a Baroque musette and petite cornemuse after extant historical models, a Hümmelchen and early musette after Praetorius, and other pipes after Brueghel and medieval illustrations. He also makes shawms, pommers, rackets, bassanelli, kortholts, and cornamuses. He credits the stability and light response of his bagpipes to his skill as a reed maker. From ...