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Old 08-14-2019, 10:34 AM   #31
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Default Re: Anyone know these pipes, wood? Maker?

This database might be helpful to you in examining the wood to determine if it is Blackwood or ebony.

https://www.wood-database.com/african-blackwood/

Often wood experts examine the end-grain with a loupe for clues.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:02 PM   #32
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Jeez, I don't really know when it comes to the wood. As an amateur at wood types It doesn't look/feel quite the same as my Blackwood sets and seems a little more 'grey' in colour. It does resemble the picture of Gaboon Ebony on the wood database.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:04 AM   #33
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There is a Naill feel to them. maybe ask Martin Cowell? I am surprised people think these could be Pakistani, as they really don't have one feature that points to that! They're a beautiful set, and I wouldn't be surprised if they had a fine sound. The brass and cocobolo looks great together. A very nice and well turned set!
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:49 AM   #34
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Thanks for your input Nick. I am going to have a word with the chap who sold me them first and see if he can give me any more info.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:12 AM   #35
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I finally got around to comparing dimensions of these pipes with my other sets and this has resulted in me coming back to pick the brains of those in the know about bagpipe design.

What I discovered basically is that the drones. with the tops just at the top of the brass tuning pin slides, are around two inches longer than my 'modern' sets and somewhat more slender and delicate. This led me to come here to ask the question:

Were drones typically longer in the past when chanters were pitched lower?

In regards of the question of wood I showed them to a chap who is a cabinet maker and antique restorer and he tells me that the woods are indeed Macassar ebony and Cocobolo.
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