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

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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[> Subject: Re: Cheap pipes

Bruce Wright
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Date Posted: 02:33:51 08/23/02 Fri

I basically agree with what's been said, though I would try to make a distinction between "inexpensive" and "cheap". (For the latter read: cutting too many corners in order to cut costs). Dunbar does make some good inexpensive poly pipes; Peter Crisler supposedly does as well but I have no direct experience with his products so I can't comment. There may be some others. Stay away from the pipes made in various Asian countries - few of them are much good.

Sometimes you can get a good deal on a used pipe but this is not something that a beginner is going to be able to do on his or her own - you need to know what to look for to avoid costly mistakes: pipes that can never be made into playable instruments, or pipes that will require lots of work and expense to make them playable. Yet another place where having a teacher can be invaluable.

Best of luck,


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