Inveran, 2002, reclaimed silver and ivory
SOLD – In the year 2000, master player Brian Donaldson took over the Inveran Bagpipes shop founded by Jimmy Tweedie, a firm now resident in the United States.
This bagpipe was made by Brian Donaldson in 2002 using silver and ivory reclaimed from older sets. The ivory was taken from an early 1900s set — spider lines are clear on one of the bass projecting mounts. The ferrules and caps are silver, without hallmarks; the silver slides are hallmarked 2002. One tenor stock has been replaced using the original mount, and the blowpipe is a replacement with an imitation ivory mount. The top bass silver slide has some slight dents, and two of the stock ferrules have very slight splits in the seam that are stable.
The pipes have been refinished and hairlines under some ferrules fixed and the pipes now look splendid.
I played the drones for 10 minutes with my own Canning reeds and they were full, rock steady and showed great blend with the chanter. This bagpipe would be comfortable on any stage or on any parade.