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Old 08-31-2008, 01:51 PM   #11
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Default Re: How well do ABW pipes age?

Thanks Pipersergent71.

But since I'm 50, they wont have to wrok too hard at lasting the rest of MY life. And my "children" all have four legs. Hard to grip the pipes in the ole paws

But I get your point and I thank you, all of you, for your thoughts/advice.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:09 PM   #12
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The founder of my pipe band has a set that has been in his family that were played at Waterloo - they have been well maintained
In that case they would not be made of ABW, which was uncommon until the end of the 19th century. Pre-Waterloo pipes might be made of local woods, cocuswood, laburnum, Lignum Vitae or ebony - ebony is far more liable to crack than any of the other woods, including blackwood,early laburnum and cocus sets can survive in rather good shape and playing condition.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:41 AM   #13
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: bugz</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The founder of my pipe band has a set that has been in his family that were played at Waterloo - they have been well maintained
In that case they would not be made of ABW, which was uncommon until the end of the 19th century. Pre-Waterloo pipes might be made of local woods, cocuswood, laburnum, Lignum Vitae or ebony - ebony is far more liable to crack than any of the other woods, including blackwood,early laburnum and cocus sets can survive in rather good shape and playing condition. </div></div>
Your right. I was talking to my pipe major at a gig we were playing this weekend, and I asked him about his father's pipes, and yes, they are made of ebony, not ABW, but the same point holds: Given proper care, pipes, be they ABW or whatever, can last a LONG time. Treat them improperly, and you are asking for trouble.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:56 AM   #14
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I play 1924 ABW pipes which have been around the world with The Royal Scots Fusilers and the Argyles and they are in great shape. Just play them oftem and wipe them off if really wet.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:32 PM   #15
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Default Re: How well do ABW pipes age?

Thank you all for your thoughts. I think I will give up the idea of Delrin/"plastic" pipes as my first set and go right to ABW.

Fortuneately I have time (it will take me a bit to save up) to decide on what brand to get. In fact, I thnk I'll start a new thred on that so you all can help me with that.

Who knows. Maybe it will be easier than I think. Maybe everyone will agree on one berand/maker
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