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Old 11-29-2018, 02:23 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice all! I took a look at them this afternoon and decided to pass. They were about what I expected - nothing real exciting. Definitely Hardies, definitely a later set. Not in awful shape, but a bit beat up. I did end up walking away with the "80s stuff" in the case - a Logan's Tutor cassette tape with John MacLellan, and a pamphlet from the Scottish Shopper in Seattle called "The Piper's Manual: Things You Should Know About Your Bagpipe."
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Old 11-30-2018, 06:30 AM   #12
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I had a set of early '90s Hardies. The bass drone was almost impossible to reed, and was susceptible to motorboating. Of course the reed choices were cane and then then the first synthetic reed - forget the name. I got rid of them.
Another chap in the band had a similar set and similar problems.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:40 AM   #13
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Of course the reed choices were cane and then then

the first synthetic reed - forget the name.





Most probably Wygent... Mark was the first name... and
he had his then legally un-protected design stolen from
him... :(


But his synthie reeds... were just bloody marvelous!! :)






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Old 12-01-2018, 07:49 PM   #14
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I have some Wygents. They were OK reeds, but the bodies would swell from moisture and still cut off after a while. I prefer all plastic for that reason.

RE: the Hardies: the Hardie chanter itself might have been worth $150-200 depending on its condition. I've seen them for sale for that much online.

They have a decent rep for solo chanters, for those who prefer the 466 pitch.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:08 AM   #15
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I had a set of early '90s Hardies. The bass drone was almost impossible to reed, and was susceptible to motorboating. Of course the reed choices were cane and then then the first synthetic reed - forget the name. I got rid of them.
Another chap in the band had a similar set and similar problems.

First , as I recall, there were the Ross Champions which had plastic bodies and plastic-impregnated cane tongues, then came the first Shepherd synthetic reeds, and then the Wygents which were marvelous, except when wet.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:27 AM   #16
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I've had a set of that vintage from new and ever had a problem reeding - the only remarks I've ever had on the drones is how steady they are.
After much experimentation, I found that a set of Crozier glass fibre reeds really gave the drones more presence and a nice sound, so I've stuck with those.
If the price and condition are right, I'd say go for it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:58 AM   #17
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I've had a set of that vintage from new and ever had a problem reeding - the only remarks I've ever had on the drones is how steady they are.
After much experimentation, I found that a set of Crozier glass fibre reeds really gave the drones more presence and a nice sound, so I've stuck with those.
If the price and condition are right, I'd say go for it.
Good to know about the Crozier glass reeds. I remember those being fairly aggressive, and I could see them working well in a narrower-bore set of pipes. Unfortunately, I don't think they're in production anymore (at least, I haven't seen a set for sale for some time).

Right now he's shopping the pipes around to family and friends. If there aren't any takers, they're probably either coming back my way or are off to Goodwill.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:00 PM   #18
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If they’re in good condition, I would go for them.

You might have someone nearby who does small time pipe making who could, if needed, bore out the drones a bit. The PM of our G2 band did that with someone’s older Hardies and they had a fantastic sound afterward.

If nothing else, they can be loaner/beater pipes for those performances where you don’t wa the to bring out your nice pipes.
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If they’re in good condition, I would go for them.

You might have someone nearby who does small time pipe making who could, if needed, bore out the drones a bit. The PM of our G2 band did that with someone’s older Hardies and they had a fantastic sound afterward.
There are several good pipe makers in Maine: Nate Banton, Chris Pinchbeck, Mike Dow, Bruce Childress… the Gibson shop is in NH and Michael MacHarg is in So. Royalton, VT ( I know I'm forgetting some.)
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There are several good pipe makers in Maine: Nate Banton, Chris Pinchbeck, Mike Dow, Bruce Childress… the Gibson shop is in NH and Michael MacHarg is in So. Royalton, VT ( I know I'm forgetting some.)
Then all the more reason! Buy the pipes, assess what you do/don't like about them. Send them off to a pipemaker to improve them if necessary.

You could be looking at an output of $400-600 (depending on how much they charge for what work needs to be done) for a new to you set of pipes.
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