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Subject: Re: Newbie looking for bagpipe recommendation

Kevin Gilstrap
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Date Posted: 14:31:56 03/28/02 Thu
In reply to: Pat 's message, "Re: Newbie looking for bagpipe recommendation" on 22:09:00 03/20/02 Wed

Hello all,

I just wanted to comment on what was being said about the St. Andrew society requiring Scottish made pipes for the band. I've been a player for nearly thirty years and a former member of the St Andrew pipe band in Kansas City. I have played for different St. A societies around the country from time to time and made friends with other players affiliated with other St. A societies. I have never heard of a St. A society requiring pipers from the bands they support to purchase Scottish made pipes. Usually the St. A societies support the bands in turn for performances for various occasions. Unless the Society is purchasing the pipes for the players in the band, how could they possibly know what kind of pipe the band is playing? I'm a player and I barely knew what pipes the guys in the band were playing, except for the obvious ones! Just a thought.

>"wants us to have Scottish made pipes"
>Do only Scots makers know how to make a pipe?
>No...a good pipe is a good pipe, made in the USA,
>Canada or England. I am baffled by some who
>think that Scots can only make a good bagpipe.
>Dedication, pride of workmanship, tone and good
>after market support is what to look for.
>If you are putting up the cash for the pipe
>you should choose the maker based on input from
>known pipers, not the St. Andrews Society.
>By the way I am not slighting Scotland in any way
>as I am Scottish. A friend of mine who is a pipe maker
>tells me every pipe maker in North America and Great
>Britain are currently making a nice instrument at
>present. The choice is yours in the end by personal

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