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Old 07-04-2019, 06:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

Originally Posted by EquusRacer View Post
There are too many variables, some of which you mentioned, for any generalized statements. There's the maker, the materials used, the set up, the player. In addition, not all--even the "classic"--vintage sets played all that well, no matter how well set up and played. I'm sure others, more expert than I, will have more valuable input.
So far eight sets from my collection have been copied (unknown pipe ca. 1780, Donald MacDonald 1,Donald MacDonald 2, Donald MacDonald Pastoral pipe, Malcolm MacGregor, Thomas Glen, Allan MacDougall, John MacDougall), none of these sounds exactly like the original but it is likely that the reproduction sets sound more like when the old pipes were new. Since the originals are mostly about 200 year old they are difficult to set up and to tune. The reproductions are trouble-free and a pleasure to play.
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