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Vintage Bagpipes from McGillivray Piping:
Carrying piping's past into the future

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Donald MacPhee, circa 1870s
This set of ebony pipes mounted in ivory and engraved silver was made in Glasgow by Donald MacPhee in the 1870s. His shop would be taken over by Peter Henderson in 1880.

There is something in the mystery of the old instruments that captivates and motivates us. Is the old wood really better? Did the old makers know something we don't? Do musical instruments improve with age? Why do most of the great players play vintage pipes? Who was the greatest maker of all time? How did they do it with no electricity??

These questions and others continue to occupy the thoughts of vintage bagpipe afficionados.

I take pride in acquiring great old pipes. I take great care in their refurbishment and in playing them to determine their musical worth.

I also go to great lengths to make sure vintage bagpipe buyers know exactly what they are getting in terms of make, quality and repairs that have been undertaken.

If you're looking for an old instrument, I hope you'll trust me to help you as those who have written testimonials below have trusted me. If you're not looking for an old set, then please take the time to enjoy my photos and descriptions of bagpipe history below. If you have an old set you would like to part with, please email me.

If you would like to read my comprehensive article on the vintage bagpipe trade, published on pipes|drums in 2010, click here. You may need a subscription to view the article, but a pipes|drums subscription is well worth the modest price."

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About McGillivray Piping Vintage Bagpipes


Working with vintage bagpipes is as much a hobby as a business for me. I enjoy the process of turning up old pipes and making sure they will be played for years to come. I think it is a good thing for piping. As such, I take great care in purchasing, examining and restoring old pipes.

My refurbisher is J. Dunbar Bagpipe Maker.  Not only do they do masterful restorations, they have eagle eyes for examining 150-year-old wood and discovering replacement pieces and flaws that should be addressed before you play the pipes. If a set of pipes has a replacement or repaired piece, you will know about it before you buy.

It is important to note that repairs to cracked pieces are not the bad news one might think. The two greatest woods from which pipes can be made are ebony and cocuswood. Both are tonally superior to blackwood, but they are much less resilient, so it is becoming rare to find pre-1900 pipes in these woods without cracks. An old set that has not been played in years dries out and existing cracks close up and become almost invisible to the average buyer. Thus, when people say they bought a vintage set and a piece cracked when the pipes were played, chances are the crack was there when the pipes were bought. Playing them puts moisture back into the wood, and the crack opens up. By removing the finish from virtually all pipes I acquire, I can uncover and address these problems before you have to! I make sure cracks are found and fixed before the pipes are sold.

"In short, I am delighted with the old pipes. They shall be fine company through the winter, as we prepare for the spring solo season, when I expect they will turn more than a few heads. Thanks again for your help with them, Jim.  Their tone is everything you said it would be."
Eddie Selden, Seabrook, Texas
(circa 1905 silver and ivory cocuswood Hendersons)

While some cracks can be sealed, fixed and rendered nearly invisible by proper  gluing, this is not always a reliable or long-lasting repair technique, particularly with cocuswood and ebony, which don't glue well.

I often employ a traditional and very effective technique called invisible whipping to fix cracks. This entails turning down some of the combing groups on a lathe, gluing the crack, then wrapping it with strong, thin cord that binds that crack closed forever. A mixture of blackwood dust and glue is then applied over the whipping. When this dries, the repairs are turned down, re-combed and polished. The crack will not open again, and there is no effect on the tone of the pipes. The repaired combing is only slightly noticeable as different from the original. The technique is virtually foolproof.

While I have all sets examined carefully for flaws and integrity, I keep my restorations to a minimum. Mounts are reafixed as required, and the wood is stripped and refinished as required. I do whatever is possible to retain all original pieces. I feel it is far preferable for the tonal and historical integrity of the pipes to repair a piece than to replace it.

It is still possible for an otherwise sound vintage pipe to crack once you start playing it. Again, while a disappointment, this is not a tragedy as the pipes can almost always be repaired to their original tone and steadiness. I cannot guarantee vintage pipes against new cracks, but if it happens I will work with you to see it repaired effectively.

If you have any questions about these techniques or would like to talk about vintage pipes available or some of the "coming soon" pipes listed above, please email me.

For more photos of vintage pipes and more information on them, you can go to Ron 'Ringo' Bowen's Bagpipe Museum site. Ron and I have pipe band connections that go back about 30 years and we consult quite closely about pipes.

For even more information on old pipes and pipemakers, consult Jeannie Campbell's superb book, Highland Bagpipe Makers, which I use constantly in my research and descriptions here. Click on the link to purchase it from the shopping cart.

One note about old pipes....  Over the years I've acquired and sold vintage pipes, I've noticed buyers gravitating toward the big names: Henderson, Lawrie, MacDougall. While these are great pipes to be sure, I frequently find 100+ year-old vintage sets that I won't put a name to because I'm just not sure. (Other sellers would do well to be less sure!) Many of these sets are absolutely outstanding instruments, yet they will sit on the site for a year because I haven't put a great name beside them. Finally some adventurous soul will snap them up and is blown away by a gem nobody else wanted. If a set looks attractive to you, and the description suggests they are a great set, email me. Tell me what you propose to use them for and I'll let you know if I think they are suitable. Don't let a real find pass you by just because it doesn't have an obvious pedigree!


"Jim: it was a pleasure working with you and purchasing my vintage pipes. I am also very pleased on your set-up selection that allowed me to play them as soon as I received them. I can't put them down! Your new poly JMcG solo chanter and the reed you selected for me is bright and crisp. I have never played a high A so cleanly and with such little effort. Your advice and patience was very much appreciated. You truly are in the business because of your love for piping!
Hoping to do business with you again."

John F. Shattuck
Andover Ma

 
Invisible whipping
These restored ebony MacDougall drone pieces are from the same set. Distinguishing the invisible-whipped combs from the untouched sections is almost impossible. They are almost perfect.


 

 

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Pipes currently in stock...

Coming soon, or currently in refurbishment:
~circa 1930 full ivory Henderson
~1915/16 hallmarked silver and ivory Hendersons
~circa 1920 Henderson, ivory projecting mounts, nickel ferrules

~circa 1900 ebony Henderson, full ivory
~circa 1920s cocuswood buttonmount Glens, nickel ferrules, new imitation ivory caps


 

R. G. Hardie, 1963-64, hallmarked engraved Sterling silver, ivory
Silver and ivory Hardie, 1951-52

Bob Hardie and partner John Weatherston always used superb, well-seasoned wood. Their pipes are well made, steady, and easy to reed.

This set is mounted in ivory and engraved silver, hallmarked 1963-64. It is in superb shape. The only repair required to the wood was to seal a crack in the blowpipe stock. The ivory blowpipe bulb was cracked beyond repair and has been replaced by an artificial ivory bulb. The engraved silver sleeve is original.

The set was stripped and refinished and comes with the original Hardie chanter and silver sole. The chanter may well be beyond going well with today's reeds, but its presence is a reflection of how well the pipes have been cared for.

Hardie pipes are sought in many circles for their mellower tone. They do not have overpowering volume but they are extremely steady. 

This is a beautiful set in great condition, perfect for a hobbyist who would like a sparkling and steady high-end bagpipe.

Email me about this set.

As shown, sticks only, and original chanter and sole
CAD $4,750 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $5,495  plus shipping



 

Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52
Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52
Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52


 

2014 Engraved Sterling Silver Dunbars, blackwood projecting mounts
2014 Engraved Silver Dunbars, blackwood mounts

This gorgeous bagpipe came to me from a piper downsizing his collection. It is in virtually mint condition.

It was made by Dunbar Bagpipes in 2014 and features David Davidse's (Truehand Engraving) stunning Premium Runic engraving on Sterling silver. The projecting mounts are blackwood.

Dunbar Bagpipes are arguably the best producer of pipes in the Henderson tradition in the world today. The late Jack Dunbar learned his trade in the Henderson shop in Glasgow in the 1940s, and his instruments became an extension of that experience.

Perhaps because the company spearheaded the development of polypenco pipes and sold thousands of sets over several decades, their blackwood instruments have been overlooked. I have worked with the company on reproduction instruments and vintage refurbishments for 10 years now, and believe they are one of the best makers in the world today.

This bagpipe, in the Henderson tradition, is bold and rich, with an all-encompassing bass. When I tested them by plugging the drones into my 1915 Henderson stocks and used my Ezeedrone set, the drones tuned in exactly the same positions as the old set and were equally steady.

This is a superb tonal instrument, and the price I acquired them for allows me to offer them for more than $1,000 below price of a new set.

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As shown, sticks, stocks, blackwood Dunbar chanter only
CAD $4,150 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $4,850  plus shipping


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2014 Dunbars, Engraved silver, blackwood mounts 2014 Dunbars, Engraved silver, blackwood mounts 2014 Dunbars, Engraved silver, blackwood mounts 2014 Dunbars, Engraved silver, blackwood mounts
 

 

Circa 1880s David Glen, ebony, remounted in artificial ivory
C 1880s David Glen, ebony, artificial ivory

This old set came to me with the original ivory in reasonable shape, but two of the projecting mounts had come loose at some point and had been re-glued with a large gap between the bottom of the mount and the top of the wood. They could not be freed so the decision was made to turn off all of the ivory and remount the set in artificial ivory, replicating the original David Glen mounts. It was a sad thing to have to do, but on the upside it makes a bagpipe that is tonally high-end easily transportable over borders.

The pipes are ebony, the ferrules are nickel, and the artificial ivory is a new kind we haven't used before that shows an attractive grain. The set clearly hadn't been played in a long time. It showed some hairline cracking typical of 135-year old ebony. It has been repaired and shouldn't give trouble again. The blowstick was not salvageable and this has been replaced by a polypenco replica.

David Glen was a marvellous maker, well-respected as a master craftsman by pipe makers right up to the modern day. He made pipes with his father Alexander during the late 1860s and took the business over when Alex died in 1873. His wood of choice was generally cocuswood, but he made lots of ebony sets as well. His pipes are renowned for richness, steadiness and ease of reeding, and for displaying a tone that is slightly less robust than the classic Henderson or Lawrie sets of his time. The blend of his drones with the chanter is a joy to play. You can read more about David Glen in this biography of him written for my sheet music website:

https://pipetunes.ca/composer/david-glen/

This set is classic David Glen, and one of the oldest David sets we've had on the site. It would be a particularly good set for a piobaireachd player because of its remarkable steadiness.

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As shown, sticks, stocks
CAD $4,350 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with poly MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $5,045  plus shipping


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C 1880s David Glen, ebony, artificial ivory C 1880s David Glen, ebony, artificial ivory C 1880s David Glen, ebony, artificial ivory C 1880s David Glen, ebony, artificial ivory
 

 

REPRODUCTION: "The MacPhee" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
Donald MacPhee reproduction

I acquired the original for these pipes some years ago as a Henderson. They had been so identified partly because the tonal qualities were very much Henderson, and partly because the engraved stocks were marked with a PH stamp. The stocks, hallmarked 1952, were clearly later replacments. After I acquired them I noticed the barest remants of a stamp on the chanter. After viewing it under all kinds of lights and magnifiers, I finally deciphered enough letters that the only possible named that filled in the blanks was "D McPhee Glasgow."

Jeannie Campbell tells us that Donald MacPhee was born in 1842, made pipes in Glasgow from 1872 until 1880 and that when he was at his zenith as a player in the early 1870s, Pipe Major Robert Meldrum described him as the best piper in Scotland. As a young man, John MacColl heard him play in 1876 and then saved up money for a year so he could go live in Glasgow and take lessons with MacPhee for three years. MacPhee compiled four seminal books of pipe music -- a tutor, a book of light music and two books of piobaireachd.

Original Donald MacPhee bagpipe
The original Donald MacPhee bagpipe, made in ebony in the 1870s, was long owned by Pipe Major Hector MacLean.


It is not known where he learned pipemaking, but existing examples of his pipes are outstanding.

Unfortunately, he died in 1880 at age 38 of "general paralysis of the insane" -- dementia. His shop was taken over by Peter Henderson, marking the beginning of that fabled pipemaking business.

The original for this reproduction is unusual in appearance for a MacPhee set and may have been made as a presentation or prize set. It is mounted in lightly engraved silver-plated nickel and sports massive ivory projecting mounts and cord guides. It had been owned for many years by Pipe Major Hector MacLean, a stalwart of the Scottish Pipers Assoication and a frequent judge in Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s.

The tone of the original bagpipe is, not surprisingly, very much in the Henderson tradtion -- robust, seamless, with superb bass/tenor balance, excellent chanter blend, and steady as a rock. I believe we have very much captured the essence of this sound in our reproduction, as well as producing a very distinctive looking instrument.

The reproduction pictured here is made in African blackwood, with aluminum alloy ferrules and caps and non-chip artificial ivory projecting mounts.
The preferred wood now is Mexican Royal Ebony, or Katalox, which you can see in the picture of the "Edinburgh," above. A lighter coloured wood, its tone is reminiscent of pre-1920 pipes made of cocuswood, now unobtainable in instrument grade.

The blowpipe and blowpipe stock are polypenco. Other mounting options can be discussed.
 

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As shown, sticks only.
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $2150 plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $2365, plus shipping


Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG poly chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $2895  plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $3185, plus shipping
 

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REPRODUCTION: "The Robbie" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
Robertson reproduction

This line of pipes is a reproduction of a set of Robertson pipes made in the 1940s. The original was made of African blackwood and mounted in elephant ivory. It was acquired from former Toronto Police Pipe Major and double Gold Medallist Ian K. MacDonald. I remember well Ian playing these pipes when I was teaching him as a teenager.
 

Original Robertson
This is the original 1940s Robertson cocuswood bagpipe owned by double Gold Medallist Ian K. MacDonald and used for this reproduction.

This reproduction is made from African blackwood. The artificial ivory is non-chip delrin (polypenco). The blowpipe and blowpipe stock are polypenco. It is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario. A superb maker, the company undertakes all of my vintage refurbishments and I value their work and professionalism immensely -- a vastly underrated pipemaker. The preferred wood now is Mexican Royal Ebony, or Katalox, which you can see in the picture of the "Edinburgh," below. A lighter coloured wood, it's tone is reminiscent of pre-1920 pipes made of cocuswood, now unobtaining in instrument grade.

James Robertson made pipes in Edinburgh from 1908 until his death in 1948, though the company continued until the mid-1960s. His pipes are easily identified by their distinctive 'mushroom' projecting mounts. He is one of the most consistent pipemakers I have enountered in many years of dealing in hundreds of sets of vintage pipes. Pipemakers today speak highly of his superb workmanship.

His pipes are full, rich and extremely steady in the Henderson tradition. 
This reproduction uses the exact tonal measurements from the original Robertson set.  These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. 

It should be noted that the Peter Henderson/R. G, Hardie pipemaking company owns the rights to the Robertson name. The name is used here with permission, and the pipes have no connection to those made by the Glasgow firm.

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As shown, sticks only.
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $1950 plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $2145
plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG poly chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $2695  plus shipping

African Blackwood: CAD $2890, plus shipping

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REPRODUCTION: "The Edinburgh" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
Glen reproduction

This line of pipes is a reproduction of an exceptional David Glen bagpipe made in the 1890s. The original was made in cocuswood (David Glen's favoured wood) and mounted in elephant ivory. The reproduction pictured is made in cocobola.

Unfortunately, since this set was made, cocobola has become unavailable. 
The preferred wood now is Mexican Royal Ebony, or Katalox. A lighter coloured wood, its tone is reminiscent of pre-1920 pipes made of cocuswood, now unobtaining in instrument grade.

The artificial ivory is non-chip delrin (polypenco). The blowpipe is polypenco.

The reproduction is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario. A superb maker, the sdcompany undertakes all of my vintage refurbishments and I value their work and professionalism immensely -- a vastly underrated pipemaker.

Glen original
This is the original 1890s David Glen cocuswood bagpipe used for this reproduction.

David Glen (1853-1916) came from a family of pipemakers that included his father Alexander (1801-1873) and uncles and cousins who formed the J&R Glen pipemaking firm. David's meticulous manufacturing standards and tonal excellence, and his prolific work as a compliler of pipe music have earned him monumental status as a piping figure.

His pipes are rich and steady, and slightly more subdued than the Henderson and Lawrie sets that were coming into form in the late 1800s. This reproduction uses the exact measurements from the original 1890s Glen set. I'm particularly pleased with how steady and easy to reed it is.  
These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. 

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $1950 CAD plus shipping

African Blackwood: CAD $2145

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG poly chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $2695  plus shipping

African Blackwood: CAD $2890, plus shipping
 

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REPRODUCTION: "The Breadalbane" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
The Breadalbane reproduction of a Duncan MacDougall bagpipe


"The Breadalbane" is a reproduction of a bagpipe made by Duncan MacDougall around 1880. The name comes from the stamp he used on his pipes during the time he lived on the Breadalbane estate at Taymouth Castle during the 1870s and early 1880s. Pipes he made at this time were stamped "D McDougall, Breadalbane."

I purchased the original bagpipe from a well known Scottish piping figure, the late Allan Beaton. He actually purchased it from the Taymouth Castle estate where it had resided for as long as anyone can remember.

This reproduction is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario, a superb pipemaking firm founded by Jack Dunbar in the 1960s. Jack learned his trade at the Henderson shop in the 1940s.

These sets have made from blackwood, but the preferred wood now is Mexican Royal Ebony, or Katalox, which you can see in the picture of the "Edinburgh," below.
A lighter coloured wood, it's tone is reminiscent of pre-1920 pipes made of cocuswood, now unobtainable in instrument grade.

The projecting mounts are of holly, the metal mounts are aluminum, hand-engraved by David Davidse of Truehand Engraving. Both craftsmen have captured superbly the lines and shapes of the original pipes.

Like the original, the tone is rich and subtle -- neither booming like a Henderson pipe nor subdued like David Glen's. The classic, enveloping Duncan MacDougall bass drone sound has been captured beautifully.


"The Breadalbane reproduction arrived. It is the best sounding pipe that I have ever bought. Odd, I've been experimenting with pipes for a while and were told that my sets sounded similar to MacDougalls. I now see what people meant.  Great sounding set. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a sound that is a cut above the rest. My hat is off to Rick Pettigrew at Dunbar and Jim McGillivray for bringing this into existence."
Stephen Anderson, Louden, TN


As pictured below, the bagpipe can also be fitted with closed, beaded aluminum ferrules, beaded ring caps and plain aluminum slides. ("Beaded" refers to the metal ring encircling one end of the ferrule or the bottom of the ring cap.) The bagpipe is also available with full holly mounts. The blowpipe is blackwood with a wide bore and polypenco lining to prevent splitting of the wood.

Original 1880s Breadalbane MacDougall
This is the original 1880s Breadalbane MacDougall bagpipe used in this reproduction.


These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. Use the mp3 player below to hear Jim McGillivray play part of the piobaireachd "MacIntosh's Banner" on a "Breadalbane" bagpipe:


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As shown in photo above, sticks only
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $2,700 plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $2970 plus shipping

Full holly mounts, sticks only
Mexican Royal Ebony:CAD $2520 plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $2740

With beaded ferrules and caps, plain aluminum slides, sticks only
Mexican Royal Ebony:CAD $3,295 plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD$3625, plus shipping


Unbeaded ferrules as shown in photo above, set up to play - Ross Bag, MCC2 McCallum poly chanter, Canning or Kinnaird Evolution drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
Mexican Royal Ebony:CAD $3495  plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $3845, plus shipping

Full holly mounts, set up to play
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $3235, plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $3560, plus shipping

With beaded ferrules and caps, plain aluminum slides, set up to play
Mexican Royal Ebony: CAD $3935, plus shipping
African Blackwood: CAD $4330, plus shipping

McGillivray Piping Inc. is not associated with Mr. David Atherton or Atherton Bagpipes, and neither company sponsors or endorses the products of the other.
 

Breadalbane drones, end view
Breadalbane drones, side view
Breadalbane drones, bottom view
Bottom projecting mounts
Breadalbane tenor drones Close-up of hand-engraved aluminum ferrules
Bells and drone tops
Projecting mounts close
Engraved drone caps with holly bushes Stocks Wood and combing close-up  
Below are photos of the Breadalbane option with beaded, closed drone ferrules, beaded ring caps, and plain aluminum tuning slides.
The Breadalban option with beaded ferrules and rings and plain aluminum slides. Breadalbane beaded with plain slides, holly projecting mounts Beaded ferrules, plain slides Closed ferrules on tuning chambes
Below are photos of the Breadalbane option in full holly.

Fully-holly mounted Breadalbane

 

Holly-mounted Breadalbane Holly ring caps, bushes

Holly tenor ferrules

 

The Breadalbane in full artificial ivory.
Breadalbane artificial ivory

 

"These pipes are a revelation to me.  I've heard pipes described poetically before; about ease of play; about drones "locking in" and staying tuned, and so on. But I never really understood until now. These pipes WANT to be in tune. They're easy to tune and they stay that way. I'm not the steadiest blower (yet) but these drones stay solid. The sound is beautiful and the vibration on the shoulder is great. They are everything you said they were."
Bruce Landay, Andover, Massachusetts
(early cocuswood Thows)

 

"If you recall, a few months back I purchased a vintage set of David Glen pipes from you. The warm and mellow tone is exactly what I was hoping for. They are easy to play and I'm able to concentrate on blowing tone. Once I have them locked in, they really do sing. Comments on my score sheets have gone from 'harsh tone' to 'excellent harmonics', 'excellent instrument for this grade', 'bright and consonant pipe'.  As a player, I now feel that the onus is on me to improve my playing up to the level of the instrument, something that wasn't happening with my old setup.  This is the kind of motivation I was looking for. So thanks for the transaction. It was easy and I'm thankful for the great communication that we had via email throughout the process.  It was a pleasure doing business with you."
Matthew Wilson
Averill, New York

 

"This is the 5th set of silver and ivory pipes I have had and by far this is the nicest set, Jim!!! They are stunning!!!"
P/M Bill McFarlane, Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders Pipe Band, Florida
(1935 silver and ivory Lawries)


"I just played the pre-1916 Thows.  Outstanding set.  Very warm.  I had a set of Rocket reeds that SFU plays and plugged them in.  It brought the tuning right at the hemp line.  I must say they are one of the best sets I have played."
Evan Mackay
Carlsbad, CA


"You have definitely become the world's number one source for anyone looking to sell or acquire vintage bagpipes."
Troy Guindon, St. Andrews West, Ontario
(1914 silver and ivory Lawries)

 

"I must say that doing business with you has been a real pleasure.  In dealing with something as unique as vintage bagpipes  there’s always some degree of uncertainty involved. However, I can say without  any reservations that the two sets I have purchased from you have been top notch. I couldn’t be more pleased. You have been most helpful and very knowledgeable.  I’m sure we will do business again in the future."
Tom Bauman, Fallbrook, CA

 


 

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