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Subject: Long live tupperware!

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Date Posted: 18:49:19 02/26/02 Tue
In reply to: dan Abel 's message, "Cheap pipes" on 00:38:46 02/26/02 Tue

Great inexpensive starter pipes with a surprisingly good sound: Dunbar P3 polypenco pipes. Yea, I know they're tupperware but they are virtually maintenance-free and the drones are quite nice. I played mine for the first few years and no one was the wiser that they weren't blackwood. Drawback - not very high resale value; depreciate like a Yugo.

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[> Subject: Re: Cheap pipes, more stuff from a thrifty piper

Brian G. Slater
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Date Posted: 19:00:12 08/17/02 Sat

Hi there, Are you still wondering? or ...just let this advice go to anyone in same boat.

Do not buy a "cheap set of pipes!" You will be making a big mistake. Beginners should pratice continually on a practice chanter, get a good teacher (harder than it seems) and keep practicing and saving money for your eventual purchase. Even the "best" old and used pipes on e-bay need upgrades, (reeds, bag, bag cover, cord) and can add $100.00-$200.00 to what seems a deal at $500.00 to $700.00 set of pipes that retailed for $1200.00 plus tax 2 years ago.

The only good thing about buying a cheap set is that you can play around (season, adjust, ream, fiddle with) them and gain experience without much fear of a major financial loss if you goof up.

When you are ready to progress to a set of pipes buy quality. They will last a lifetime and afford a lifetime of satisfaction.

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