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Do the Sinclair players here have any opinions of a set of 1940's Sinclairs with imitation ivory? I dont know anything about these, and have searched some threads with good opinons of Sinclairs. Would there be anything different with a set from the 40's as opposed to a newer set from the 50's or 60's. Any competitors using Sinclairs?
07-28-2008, 07:42 PM
Sinclairs from the 40's would probably be a bit bolder sounding than the more modern Sinclairs which are more smooth and mellow. But ALL Sinclairs are good pipes.
There are only two brands of pipes you never ever seem to hear anything bad about; Sinclairs and Robertsons.
A student of mine has a set of full ivory 1940's Sinclairs and they are incredible pipes in every way. Very well made, excellent wood, and beautiful tone.
07-31-2008, 07:21 AM
Have found several specimens of Sinclair drones from the late 1930s - early 1940s that have big bores. The ones I typically see are from the 1960s and 1970s - these bores are significantly narrower than the early ones. Before making his own brand, W. Sinclair was a turner in the J. Robertson office for a time - might explain the wider bores in the earlier pipes.
Do you know the measurements of the big bored pipes as opposed to the newer smaller bored pipes?
08-04-2008, 06:16 AM
Didn't measure top bores. The bass middles were 7/16 and the tenor and bass bottoms were 21/64 and 23/64 respectively. These wider bores were typical for mid to late 19th-century pipes. When your insrument was made, several makers had already reduced their bore sizes - Lawrie is the most noteworthy in my opinion.
I can't help but think that makers, back in the day, catered to pipers that might have certain bore sizes in mind. Today, the "Heritage" and "Standard" models come to mind but most pipers refer to them as "Krons" without specifying model and year.
Thank you for the info Mark.