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Date Posted: 20:29:51 04/13/02 Sat
>1. I do not want beginner level bagpipes - I want a
>set that I may play for a long time.
>2. I have budgeted about $1500.
Any well made set, whether "beginner" or "top of the line" produced by a reputable pipemaker should last a long time. The big difference between a "beginner" set made by a reputable pipemaker in the UK, Canada, the US or elsewhere and a "top of the line" set made by the same company is the amount of decoration on the wood (beading and combing) and of what the mounts, ferrules, and drone caps are made. Again, any reputable pipemaker should exercise the same craftsmanship and quality control on a "beginner" set as on a "top of the line" set...the higher the price, the more decoration.
To my understanding the only decorations which impact the sound produced by the bagpipe are the ivory or silver soles which might be put on a chanter. Supposedly ivory soles give the chanter a warm sound while silver gives the chanter a brassier sound.
>3. From my past as a sax player and my experience on a
>practice chanter I know I want a water trap system
Water traps/tubes can be easily made for just a little money with materials found at a decent hardware store...electrician's tape, plastic plumber's tubing, a cork, and an exacto-knife.
>4. The local pipe band is closely associated with the
>St Andrews society and wants us to have Scottish made
If you do a bit of research, I think you'll find that Gibson, Dunbar, Kron, and MacLellan pipes (and maybe others), although made in the US or Canada, are, in fact, made by people trained in Scottish bagpipe companies. Aren't these instruments then Scottish made, regardless of where they're made?
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