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Old 10-21-2020, 10:43 PM   #1
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Default Most bang for your buck smallpipes?

Looking for the most economical yet decent quality poly (mouth blown) fireside or kitchen pipes to get started on.
Maybe the fireside style since I would like to play them as one would the GHB (standing or walking) as well as sitting and I understand that's hard to do with the so-called kitchen style because of the drones having to rest across your arm

Of course I looked at the usual and popular manufacturers, but I thought with the collective knowledge here there might be some other makers people could recommend. But feel free to include the majors as well if that is your experience.

I specified poly because generally they are substantially less expensive than blackwood or cocobolo.
There are only 9 notes.
How hard can it be?
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Most bang for your buck smallpipes?

I was just looking at a set of Thomforde Woodcraft parlor pipes. I played bellows pipes for many years, but I really love a set of mouthblown pipes. They may not have the same mystique as cauld wind, but they're fun to play. The recordings I've heard of the Thomforde pipes sound great (nothing practice chantery-y about the sound) AND a huge bonus is that the chanter comes standard with a C natural hole, which is a really great addition for session playing. Price seems comparable with McCallum folk pipes (which, as far as I know, do not have that C-nat hole).
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