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Old 11-03-2020, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

Here's kind of a funny article.
One would think that in all of Pakistan there would be at least ONE manufacturer that could make a QUALITY set of bagpipes for a reasonable price.
But whomever that is apparently remains a well-guarded state secret.

My soda got snorted back out my nose when I came to the park about how the Pakistani pipes are the SAME as the European ones... only cheaper.

You also have to laugh at the part where they say they like looking good rather than sounding good. That's paraphrased, but that's about it.

https://amp.thenationalnews.com/arts...rom%20%251%24s
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Old 11-04-2020, 07:17 AM   #2
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I wonder what the camels think of all this? I will have to see if I can find a picture. I cringed when they mentioned the pipes are used by beginners who quickly (and thankfully!!) upgrade. A friend's husband bought her a set which she tried valiantly to learn to play but she never able to get much sound. On close inspection it was discovered all the wooden parts were riddled with tiny bug/worm holes!!
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Old 11-04-2020, 07:31 AM   #3
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Here is a link to a video of a camel-mounted bagpipe band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAi7dsv9SyA

I know a married couple who ride horses while playing the pipes. The training aspect of riding anything while playing is intriguing.

Back to the pipes, our pipe major plays a set of Pakistani pipes he bought many decades ago. They have served him well!! They look OK, sound good and are very tight!! He let me borrow them for a lengthy parade we marched in; they were so easy to play, I felt I could have played for another mile or two without effort. He lucked out on his set!!
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Old 11-04-2020, 08:13 AM   #4
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Default Re: The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

Pakistani-made bagpipes remain popular in the United States. I frequently run into folks playing them, and YouTube has quite a few videos of such. Last year there was a Pakistani bagpipe challenge on YouTube, the challenge being getting a set going.

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Old 11-04-2020, 09:36 AM   #5
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Default Re: The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

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Here's kind of a funny article.
One would think that in all of Pakistan there would be at least ONE manufacturer that could make a QUALITY set of bagpipes for a reasonable price.
But whomever that is apparently remains a well-guarded state secret.

My soda got snorted back out my nose when I came to the park about how the Pakistani pipes are the SAME as the European ones... only cheaper.

You also have to laugh at the part where they say they like looking good rather than sounding good. That's paraphrased, but that's about it.

https://amp.thenationalnews.com/arts...rom%20%251%24s

Well I mean they are the same as Scottish ones if you don't grade on wood selection and quality, craftsmanship, and actual research and engineering (these days)

I imagine Pakistani pipes now are what some old Scottish artisan would make a few hundred or even a thousand years ago...lol


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Old 11-05-2020, 12:53 PM   #6
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Matt Willis did a two part video review of Pakistani pipes. In part two his conclusion was they couldn't be made to play properly.

$130 Pakistani Bagpipes + highland drones & chanter reeds. Can it be made playable?

Fast forward to 16:47 for the conclusion.
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Old 11-05-2020, 01:02 PM   #7
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From the video:

" A thirst for fame that seems lost upon the animals themselves"


I would add: "and debatably, the rest of the world".





On another note: I think some may be confusing MIME with those made in Pakistan.

As many can attest, back several years ago there were quite a few excellent sounding MIME bagpipes being sold out of Canada.
So good that even very respectable pipers were pleased.
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Old 11-05-2020, 09:40 PM   #8
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On another note: I think some may be confusing MIME with those made in Pakistan.

As many can attest, back several years ago there were quite a few excellent sounding MIME bagpipes being sold out of Canada.
So good that even very respectable pipers were pleased.
I don't doubt what you are saying, because as I said, you would think there would be at least ONE pipe maker in Pakistan (or the ME) that can do a job of it, but you NEVER hear about just WHO they are. At least I never have.

So therein is the question, does anybody know who that would be?

I think I'm going to try and contact the military attaches of the Pakistani and Indian consulates and ask them just who the official bagpipe maker is for their army.
Will LMAO if it turns out to be McCullum, Gibson or Dunbar et al.
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Old 11-06-2020, 03:25 AM   #9
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From the video:

" A thirst for fame that seems lost upon the animals themselves"


I would add: "and debatably, the rest of the world".





On another note: I think some may be confusing MIME with those made in Pakistan.

As many can attest, back several years ago there were quite a few excellent sounding MIME bagpipes being sold out of Canada.
So good that even very respectable pipers were pleased.


What is all this MIME nonsense? Which bagpipe makers are you talking about. Presumably not Pakistan because it's in Asia and you mention it being confused with MIME, so which makers and where exactly?

I wish people would stop using all these silly abbreviations.
And for your information there have been some quality instruments in what is now Pakistan albeit from a time before Pakistan came into existence. Seen them, heard them and noted that they were made from a very heavy dark wood possibly African Blackwood/Ebony.

Perhaps you would call them AQIOPOMWTI

Alleged Quality Instruments of Pakistan or MIME Whatever That Is.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:30 AM   #10
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Hi all,


They have top notch quality control and testing!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujp6HmGTwTM
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