Used Bagpipes

These are pipes that are not new, but perhaps don’t fall into the classic vintage category. Like the vintage pipes, they have been refurbished as required so that my customers encounter no surprises. Like the vintage pipes, they do not come with a guarantee. The advantage to buyers is price, along with a bagpipe made of more seasoned wood, depending on the age. The shopping cart at the bottom of each listing allows you to select your options and experiment with pricing.

  • Circa 1950s Lawrie (?), American rosewood, nickel and imitation ivory mounts

    This flat-combed bagpipe is a bit of a puzzle. For all intents and purposes it is a button-mount Lawrie, but the wood may well be Amercian rosewood, and there are no other known Lawries made of this wood. However, it may also be particularly rich-coloured cocobola, which would be more in keeping with pipemaking.

    The ferrules are nickel and the ring caps are imitation ivory which replaced orange catalin at some point in the past.

    The pipes are in excellent shape, with a full (but not booming) and quite warm tone that locked in nicely with my Kinnaird Edge drone reeds. The pipes are slightly lighter in weight than a blackwood set.

    This resilient little number would make an excellent starter pipe, or a work-a-day, foul weather or travel set.

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    As shown, sticks only
    CAD $2,225 plus shipping

     

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  • Circa 1950s Lawrie, full imitation ivory mounts

    This is a slightly unusual set in having artificial ivory material I have never encountered before. It varies in clarity — some mounts polished up brighter than others — and has the texture almost of porcelain. The bottom projecting mount on one tenor piece was broken on arrival, but I was able to replace it with an old ivory mount that matches quite nicely, to the point where you would have to look very, very closely to know it’s ivory.

    The wood is a rich, reddish-brown. It almost looks like cocuswood, though I think it is African blackwood. The pipes needed a polish and the reedseats needed opening out, as many Lawries of this vintage do. But they cleaned up beautifully. The cork on the tuning pins instead of hemp is perfectly sized, and with a little cork grease (supplied) provides quite a lovely tuning action.

    Tonally the drones locked in from the get-go with a rich, mellow sound not as voluminous as earlier Lawries: quite a Hardie-like tone. These would make an excellent starter pipe, or a work-a-day, foul weather or travel set.

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    As shown, sticks only
    CAD $1,825 plus shipping

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  • Kintail, 2008, blackwood, nickel, imitation ivory

    The Kintail pipemaking firm was founded by Greig Sharp in the early 1970s and still operates today. Sharp learned his trade during the latter years of the Henderson firm before it was sold to R. G. Hardie in 1971. Greig Sharp passed away in 2009.

    Though Kintail is rarely ranked in the top tier of pipemakers, Sharp’s pipemaking pedigree produced a solid and reliable set of pipes with a bold, steady sound. This set is a substantial set to hold in your hands: no skimping on wood.  It locked in nicely with my current set of Kinnaird Edge drone reeds. The set has been well taken care of and is in superb shape, with nickel and imitation ivory mounts in pristine condition. The original Kintail poly pipe chanter plays very well.

    This would be an excellent set for a new piper or an adult hobbyist looking for a reliable instrument at an accessible price. I played a set of Kintails in the early years during my first couple of years as a professional competitor.

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    As shown, sticks only, with chanter
    CAD $1,425 plus shipping

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