McCallum bagpipes was formed in 1998 in Kilmarnock Scotland. A partnership between Stuart McCallum and Kenny MacLeod, both Grade 1 players. Since its inception, McCallum has gone on to become the most popular brand of bagpipes in modern times. In 2008, top soloist Willie McCallum came on board and developed the McC2 solo pipe chanter. Rumor has it that internal measurements were tweaked at this point. The overall profile of the McCallum bagpipe bears similarities to vintage Lawrie bagpipes.